After a disappointing opening series to a six-game road trip, the Atlanta Braves will head to Miami to face the Marlins in a three-game weekend series.
The Braves (33-29) dropped the last two games in Pittsburgh, with the bats going quiet after scoring 12 runs in Game 1. Thursday's loss dropped Atlanta two games behind first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.
The Marlins (23-37) have the worst record in the NL, but they come into the series as winners of seven of their last 10, with series wins over the Giants, Padres and Brewers.
Miami is led by catcher Jorge Alfaro (.275, nine home runs, 27 RBIs) and third baseman Brian Anderson (.246, 7 HR, 25 RBI).
The Braves, who are 5-1 against the Marlins this season, will meet Miami at SunTrust Park in the final series before the All-Star break.
After this series, Atlanta will return home for a 10-game homestand against the Pirates, Phillies and New York Mets.
Mike Soroka (6-1, 1.47 ERA) is coming off his worst outing of the season, allowing seven hits and three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers last Saturday. Still, Soroka maintained a sub-2.00 ERA and earned the win.
Miami's Jose Urena (4-6, 4.14) will face Soroka, continuing his history against the Braves.
Urena was vilified among Atlanta fans after hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. with a 97-mph fastball with the first pitch of a game last August. It came after Acuna had hit home runs in five straight games, including two the previous night.
When the teams faced one another for the first time this season, Braves starter Kevin Gausman's first pitch to Urena was thrown behind the Miami pitcher. Gausman was immediately ejected, even though no warnings were given to either team.
Acuna has since been put back in the leadoff spot and will be the first batter to face Urena on Friday.
On Saturday, the Braves' Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.28) is set to face Trevor Richards (3-5, 3.53). On Sunday, the Braves will send Max Fried (7-3, 3.68) against Pablo Lopez (4-5, 4.52).
ON THE AIR
All three games of the Marlins series will be aired on Fox Sports South. Friday’s broadcast will begin at 7 p.m., with Saturday’s at 4 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m. The games can also be heard on 680 AM The Fan and Rock 100.5 FM.