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ATL@MIA: McCann's clutch double evens the score at 3

MIAMI -- The Braves' four-game win streak was halted in walk-off fashion on Tuesday night.

Jose Reyes hit a game-winning single off righty Cory Gearrin in the 10th inning as the Braves fell, 4-3, at Marlins Park. The loss dropped Atlanta to 5 1/2 games behind Washington in the National League East after the Nationals' game against the Dodgers was postponed.

Reyes' late heroics spoiled a ninth-inning rally by the Braves. They were shut out for the first eight frames by righty Nathan Eovladi, who turned in his best performance in a Marlins uniform.

"We come in in the ninth inning, tie the ballgame up and feel like we have a good chance," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We just couldn't get out of the other jam here in the 10th."

Atlanta came to life in the ninth against Miami's bullpen after being held to four hits vs. Eovaldi, who fared better against the Braves than he did in his last meeting with them, when he gave up six runs in two innings at Turner Field. At Marlins Park, he struck out five and walked two during his career-high eight innings.

"He was really, really good," Gonzalez said. "I haven't seen a starter pitch that deep in the ballgame still cranking 97-98 mph on the fastball. It's been a while since we've seen that."

Jason Heyward led off the ninth with a double against Marlins closer Steve Cishek, and Chipper Jones followed with a walk.

Dan Uggla cut the lead to two with an RBI single up the middle before Cishek was pulled for Mike Dunn. The lefty didn't fare much better, as Brian McCann doubled off the wall in left-center field to tie the game. Bryan Petersen was unable to track down the ball as he crashed into the out-of-town scoreboard, allowing two runs to score before Dunn could escape the inning.

"It's a big park and I don't hit a lot of home runs to left-center field, so I knew it was going to be a long shot," McCann said. "I knew I hit it good."

The rally took Paul Maholm off the hook in what would have been a tough-luck loss. The lefty threw 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball and gave up just one run through the first six innings -- a two-out RBI single by Gorkys Hernandez in the third after John Buck led the frame off with a triple.

"He gave us a [heck] of an effort to win the ballgame," Gonzalez said.

Maholm was chased in the seventh after he gave up a two-out double to Austin Kearns. Peter Moylan relieved Maholm and gave up a two-run, opposite-field blast to Buck to put the Braves in a three-run hole they were unable to climb out of until the ninth.

"I would've obviously liked to take back the triple [to Buck] and the double to Kearns," Maholm said. "Other than those two, I felt good, I felt better than I have been. You have rough outings going through the season and you get back on track. Hopefully tonight is one of those where I can bounce back and get to face these guys next week."

The Marlins had the winning run at third with no outs in the ninth after back-to-back singles by Reyes and Carlos Lee and a passed ball by David Ross. Jonny Venters battled back and struck out the next two batters he faced before Gearrin got Buck to ground out to second to force extras.

Heath Bell retired the Braves in order in the 10th before Reyes delivered in the bottom of the frame. Rob Brantly led off the inning with a walk, and Gearrin hit Hernandez with a pitch before Reyes blooped a one-out single to shallow right that Heyward was unable to snag on a diving attempt, allowing Brantly to score the winning run.

"He's been doing that for a long time," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of Reyes. "This kid loves to play the game. He has fun playing the game, playing the game right. That's the reason he makes the money he makes. He earned every penny they give him."

Despite the outcome, which dropped Atlanta to 7-4 in extra-inning games, the Braves remain confident after showing resiliency late in the game.

"Their guy was on his game," Maholm said of Eovaldi. "We did everything we could, battled back and fell short. I think coming back from 3-0 in the ninth off their closer gives us momentum to come back and win the series [Wednesday], which is the important thing."

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