Gattis, Minor lead Braves past Marlins 8-0

Gattis, Minor lead Braves past Marlins 8-0

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) - Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves completed their second consecutive 3-game sweep when they beat the reeling Miami Marlins 8-0 Wednesday night.

Mike Minor pitched 5 2-3 innings for the Braves, whose 8-1 record leads the majors. They're off to their best start since 1994, when they began the season 13-1.

Only three series into the season, Atlanta enjoys a 7-game lead over the Marlins, who have the worst record in the big leagues at 1-8. They've scored just 16 runs, and with five consecutive losses they're off to their worst start since the 1998 team began the season 1-11.

The Marlins kept the game scoreless until the fifth, when Gattis hit his third homer in a six-run inning. The rookie also singled and is batting .391 with a slugging percentage of .826.

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