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Braves vs. Marlins -- May 10th, 2006 7:05 EST


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Kyle Davies Josh Johnson


Marlins out to end home skid

Atlanta (14-18) at Florida (8-22), 7:05 p.m. ET


When Josh Johnson last took the mound, the Marlins won.


On Wednesday night, the Marlins again turn to their rookie right-hander in hopes of a victory that would end a four-game losing streak as well as an 11-game home slide.


With Tuesday's 10-2 loss to the Braves, the Marlins matched their franchise high for consecutive home losses. They had done it twice before, the last time from April 28 to May 19, 1999. The National League record for the most straight home losses is 15, set by the Mets in 2002.


Johnson, making his second start of the season, beat the Nationals, 11-3, on May 4 at RFK Stadium. The 6-foot-7 right-hander worked five innings that day. Because he started the season as a reliever, he is still building up his pitch count.


Late last season, Johnson made his first career start, against the Braves. He was not involved in the decision.


Atlanta is starting right-hander Kyle Davies, who is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA. A year ago he made three starts against the Marlins, and was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA.


Pitching matchup


ATL: RHP Kyle Davies (2-2, 4.91 ERA)

Davies has been effective in each of his past four starts. Some early control problems led to the fatigue that factored into the two seventh-inning runs he gave up to the Mets while getting a no-decision on Friday night. The 22-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA against the Marlins last year.


FLA: RHP Josh Johnson (2-2, 3.78 ERA)

Johnson earned his first Major League win as a starter in last Thursday's 11-3 rout of Washington. He threw five strong innings, allowing two runs on just one hit and retiring the final 10 Nationals he faced, growing stronger and throwing only 69 pitches.



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His pitch count was supposed to be around 80 last outing (maybe 70?). Maybe they up it a few more pitches this time around...85? We want to stretch him slowly to avoid injury. We've got enough long-inning guys in the pen to take care of the game if he goes early.

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