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Braves beat Marlins

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ATLANTA (AP) - Eric Hinske hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves improved their wild card chances with a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

The Braves held a half-game lead over San Diego for the wild card entering Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs played at the Padres later Tuesday. Trailing 1-0, the Braves rallied for three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (12-12), who had held Atlanta to three hits in six innings.

Tim Hudson started for the Braves on just 3 days rest.  He went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits and one run, but several of those hits were of the tainted variety.

Dan Uggla hit a solo homer off Peter Moylan in the eighth to get the Marlins within 3-2. It was his 32nd of the season and his 100th RBI. Craig Kimbrel (4-0) got the win with a hitless seventh, striking out the side, and Billy Wagner earned his 36th save with a scoreless ninth.

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