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Friday, August 9th (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (43-70) at Atlanta Braves (70-45), 7:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.68) Atlanta - Brandon Beachy (0-0, 9.00)

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves are on a roll and look to keep their lengthy winning streak intact when they open a nine-game homestand Friday with the first of three straight games versus the Miami Marlins at Turner Field.

The Braves have ripped off 13 wins in a row, their longest winning streak since a 15-game run from April 16-May 2, 2000.

Atlanta has swept St. Louis, Colorado, Philadelphia and Washington during this impressive run and handed the Nationals a 6-3 defeat on Wednesday. Kris Medlen tossed seven innings of three-run ball, David Carpenter hurled a scoreless eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel closed the Nationals out in the ninth for his 36th save.

Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and his brother, B.J., led the team with four hits.

"This team we have here -- from our starting lineup to our bullpen to our starting pitching -- this is the best team I've played on," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "Everybody is young. This is a team that can do this for a while. This is a fun team."

The Braves have a commanding 15 1/2-game lead on Washington in the NL East and are closing in on a division title. They have won seven in a row at home and are 38-15 at Turner Field this season.

Brandon Beachy will make his third start of the season for the Braves Friday and has no record and a 9.00 earned run average in his first two starts. Beachy last toed the rubber in Saturday's 5-4 win at Philadelphia and was reached for four runs (3 earned) in 6 1/3 innings.

Beachy has made five career starts against the Marlins, going 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA.

Miami has lost five in a row and was swept in three games by Pittsburgh to open a nine-game road trip.

In a 5-4 loss in 10 innings on Thursday, Christian Yelich finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored and Placido Polanco added two hits and an RBI in defeat.

Steven Ames was dealt the loss for permitting the go-ahead run to score on a Russell Martin base hit. The Marlins blew a 4-0 lead and starter Jose Fernandez allowed two runs in five innings.

"It was a tough one, for sure, no doubt," Fernandez said. "I threw a lot of pitches. I had to do a lot of work out there. I'm trying to be perfect every time out there. I'm trying to. We played a good game. They came out on top, but our team had a chance to win."

Jacob Turner draws the start for Miami Friday and he is 3-3 with a 2.68 earned run average in 12 starts. Turner is 0-2 in his previous four outings with consecutive no-decisions, including a 4-3 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. The right-hander pitched well and was reached for two runs through six innings.

Turner defeated the Braves on July 10 with seven innings of two-run ball and is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against them.

The Marlins have lost six of nine meetings with the Braves this season.

08/09 10:40:12 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
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SDP
COL
 
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SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
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NYK
TOR
 
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MIN
UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
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SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR