Suzuki’s walkoff hit gives Braves win over Marlins

Kurt Suzuki is doused by Arodys Vizcaino during an interview after the Braves’ win. AP photo

ATLANTA (AP) — Baldwin High School graduate Kurt Suzuki capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning when his lined single past third base drove in Freddie Freeman and gave the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

Suzuki reached base three times in the game — he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, and singled in the fifth. His winning hit came on an 0-2 count.

“I was trying to get a ball up and out over the plate to put a good swing on it,” Suzuki was quoted as saying on the Braves’ website. “I was not trying to do too much because that is when you can get yourself in a little hole.”

Suzuki is batting .357 (5-for-14) in his last four games. Before that, he had been hitless in his previous 14 at-bats.

In the bottom of the ninth, Brad Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Matt Adams, and pinch runner Nick Markakis moved to third base on Ender Inciarte’s groundout to first before scoring on Ozzie Albies’ double to right-center field. Freeman was then given an intentional walk and moved to second on Lane Adams’ grounder before Suzuki sent the winning hit past Brian Anderson at third base.

Rex Brothers (3-3) struck out the side in the ninth to earn the win.

Ziegler (1-4) failed to convert a save for the fourth time in 14 chances this year.

Miami has lost five straight games, and 10 of its last 11.