Gattis' double helps Braves top Marlins 3-1
ATLANTA (AP) - Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 Wednesday for their ninth win in 12 games.
Aaron Harang allowed one run and six hits in six innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk, raising his ERA from 0.70 to 0.85. Pulled from his previous start against the New York Mets after seven hitless innings and 101 pitches, he stretched his streak of hitless innings to nine before Adeiny Hechavarria singled leading off the third.
Braves pitchers struck out 16 in all, giving them 41 strikeouts and five walks - one intentional - in the three-game series. Miami pitchers struck out 37 and walked nine.
David Carpenter (1-0) relieved with two on and two outs in the eighth and retired Casey McGehee on a flyout.
Pacers head south after breaking out of swoon
ATLANTA (AP) - After finally looking like a top seed, the Indiana Pacers are heading to a place where they haven't had much success.
The Pacers have won only twice in Atlanta since December 2006, though one of those victories wrapped up their playoff series against the Hawks a year ago.
Indiana still has plenty of work to do before it can think about escaping the first round. The Hawks swiped the home-court edge with a stunning win in the opener, and the series is tied 1-1 as it shifts to Philips Arena for the next two contests.
Game 3 is Thursday night.
At least the Pacers are feeling better about themselves. A dominant third quarter carried Indiana to a 101-85 victory in Game 2, stifling the incessant criticism of the team's recent play.
Falcons open at home against rival New Orleans
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons will open the season hosting NFC South rival New Orleans on Sept. 7 and have prime-time games against Tampa Bay and Green Bay.
That's according to the schedule released Wednesday by the NFL.
Atlanta welcomes the Buccaneers for a Thursday night game Sept. 18 and travels to Lambeau Field for a Monday night game Dec. 8. In addition, the Falcons face Detroit at London's Wembley Stadium Oct. 26.
The remaining home games are against Chicago (Oct. 12), Cleveland (Nov. 23), Arizona (Nov. 30), Pittsburgh (Dec. 14) and Carolina (Dec. 28). Additional road games: Cincinnati (Sept. 14), Minnesota (Sept. 28), the New York Giants (Oct. 5), Baltimore (Oct. 19), Tampa Bay (Nov. 9), Carolina (Nov. 16) and New Orleans (Dec. 21).
The Falcons are off Nov. 2.
Richard Petty set to return to track at Richmond
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the race track this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda.
The seven-time NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver missed races at Martinsville, Texas and Darlington as he mourned the loss of his wife. The Pettys were together 57 years.
Trent Owens, crew chief for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola and Petty's nephew, believes being back at the track in Richmond, Va., will be good for "The King." Owens says Petty has been at the shop recently and in good spirits.
Almirola said Petty will give a lift to the organization at the track. The driver spent Tuesday with Petty at an appearance in Nashville, Tenn., and found his boss' spirits to be improved.
Swan Racing sells 2 cars, keeps Kligerman in fold
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Troubled NASCAR team Swan Racing has found a home for driver Cole Whitt and is keeping Parker Kligerman under contract.
The two-car team faced an uncertain future because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship. Minority owner Anthony Marlowe merged his ownership of the No. 26 team in BK Racing. Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the 26 in the Sprint Cup series.
The No. 30 team was sold Wednesday to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports. The team hired veteran driver J.J. Yeley and named Stephen Lane crew chief. The No. 30 team will be joined by several other former Swan Racing crew members.
Swan Racing will continue to look for options for Kligerman that will keep the rookie driver on the track.
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