ATLANTA (AP) — Now maybe Andrew McKirahan and Arodys Vizcaino can move past the 80-game suspensions they served this year after testing positive for a banned substance.
In a strange twist for the Atlanta Braves pitchers, McKirahan earned his first career win and Vizcaino his first career save in the same game — a 9-8 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
“Those were hard times for us,” Vizcaino said. “But every time we get the chance to pitch in the big leagues, we want to make the most of it.”
Added McKirahan, “Arodys has helped us out tremendously since he’s been back, and I’ve tried to do the same thing.”
Eury Perez drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Nick Markakis had three RBIs to lead the Braves.
Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who won for just the fourth time in 15 games.
Martin Prado had three RBIs for Miami, which has dropped 11 of 13.
The Marlins scored three runs in the top of the eighth to tie it 8-all. But Perez delivered the winning hit against Bryan Morris (3-3) after Daniel Castro reached on an infield single, advanced to second on Morris’ throwing error and moved over on a bunt.
“It was one of those things where I put myself in trouble,” Morris said. “Making a bad pitch with two strikes to the first hitter and then throwing the ball down the line.”