They ended it with the 10,000th loss in franchise history.
Unable to come out with key hits, the Braves suffered a 3-1 loss to Florida, which prevented the Braves from completing a three-game sweep.
“As an offense, we should’ve capitalized a little more,” third baseman Brooks Conrad said. “It doesn’t feel good to lose a game like that where you have so many opportunities to get runs in.”
A couple of hours before the game, the Braves completed a deadline deal for speedy Houston outfielder Michael Bourn.
They sure could’ve used him Sunday afternoon.
Although the Braves outhit the Marlins, 13-7, they left 10 runners on base, including repeatedly stranding runners in scoring postion.
Florida starter Ricky Nolasco scattered 12 hits and Emilio Bonifacio homered for the Marlins.
With the defeat, the Braves became only the second team in big league history with 10,000 losses. The Phillies reached that mark in 2007.
The Braves picked up their 10,000th win a couple of weeks ago, including their time in Boston and Milwaukee.
“The 10,000th win wasn’t a big deal to anyone in this clubhouse,” catcher David Ross said.
“Same with 10,000 losses. The one thing that tells me is baseball is basically a .500 game over long periods of time. When you have a chance to be good, you need to take advantage of it — like this year.”
That’s just what the Braves had in mind when they traded Jordan Schafer and three minor league pitchers to acquire Bourn, a two-time Gold Glove winner who leads the NL in stolen bases.
He had to fly in from Milwaukee and won’t join the Braves until they open a series at Washington on Monday.
In Sunday’s game, Nolasco (8-7) pitched out of trouble for 6 2-3 innings, retiring the side in order only once. Leo Nunez came on in the ninth for his 30th save.
“I kept getting singled to death,” Nolasco said. “A couple big double plays helped. I’d rather give up 12 hits and no walks than eight hits and four walks. I just want to make them put the ball in play.”
Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson (11-6) gave up all three Florida runs in six innings.
“I expect to go out and do a lot better than that,” he said.
NOTES: Uggla extended his hitting streak to 22 games with an infield single in the first. ... Atlanta rookie catcher Boscan picked up his first career hit. ... Braves RHP Peter Moylan, out since April 15, threw off the mound for the first time since undergoing back surgery. ... Freeman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a seventh-inning single.