Teheran fights blister in Braves' 7-3 loss to Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) There was some good news for the Braves in Julio Teheran's subpar performance against the Marlins.
Teheran said that all his grimacing and hopping around on the mound was caused by only a blister on his right foot, instead of a more serious injury.
Teheran allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings and Atlanta's hopes for a second sweep of Miami ended with a 7-3 loss to the Marlins on Sunday.
Teheran (1-5) allowed a two-run homer to Derek Dietrich in the sixth inning. Dietrich added a two-run double in the seventh before leaving the game after being hit on the back of his head by a foul ball into his dugout in the ninth.
Teheran appeared to be favoring his right foot and was visited by assistant trainer Jim Lovell and interim manager Brian Snitker in the fourth inning. At one point Teheran rubbed his right knee, raising concerns about a possible injury.
Instead, he said it was only a comfort issue with the blister.
''I don't want to make an excuse,'' Teheran said. ''But it was a little uncomfortable pitching with a blister. But putting that on the side, I didn't have my best stuff. It was one of those games that I battled and just made one mistake and it cost me.''
The three runs allowed were a departure from Teheran's recent string of strong starts. He had a 0.89 ERA in his last six starts.
Jeff Francoeur walked, moved to third on a double by Nick Markakis and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's fly to shallow left field to tie the game in the fourth.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Dietrich did not lose consciousness after he ''got hit really good'' by the foul ball from Christian Yelich in the ninth. Mattingly said the ball ricocheted off the dugout's back wall before hitting Dietrich.
Dietrich was knocked to the ground, where he remained face down in front of the bench for a few minutes before rising to his feet. He was escorted to the clubhouse, where he was seen by a doctor.
The team said X-rays were negative and Dietrich was to remain in Atlanta Sunday night for further evaluations.
''Everyone's thoughts are with him,'' said Tom Koehler (3-5), who allowed three runs on three hits and five walks in seven-plus innings.
Dietrich's homer landed deep in the lower section of the right-field seats in the sixth, giving Miami a 3-1 lead. A former Georgia Tech star, Dietrich added a two-run double off Eric O'Flaherty in the seventh inning.
Marcel Ozuna had two hits, including his 10th homer, to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
BIG STAR, BIG CROWD
A postgame concert by country singer Chris Stapleton, a two-time Grammy winner, made the game a sellout of 50,247, though some seats remained empty for the game.
The Braves swept a three-game series at Miami on April 15-17 and won the first two games this weekend for their first home series win.
The Braves are 4-21 at home and their 14-35 overall mark is the worst record through 49 games in franchise history since the 1911 Boston team started 12-37.
Marlins: OF Giancarlo Stanton (right side soreness) took batting practice but missed his fifth straight game.... LHP Mike Dunn (left forearm strain) had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning for Class A Jupiter. With Dunn on the 15-day DL, the Marlins have no left-hander in their bullpen. ... Yelich (back spasms) was back in the lineup after missing eight straight starts but pinch-hitting in each of the first two games of the series.
Braves: RHP Jim Johnson (right groin strain) hopes to come off the 15-day DL after making back-to-back appearances Tuesday and Wednesday with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Marlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (2-2, 4.37 ERA) will start when Miami opens a four-game home series against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Nicolino allowed two runs in six innings in a loss to the Pirates last season.
Braves: The 10-game homestand continues when RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-2, 3.95) starts Monday's opener of a four-game series against San Francisco. Foltynewicz was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two starts against the Giants in 2015.