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ATLANTA -- Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, making the first pinch-hit appearance of his career, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the 12th inning, helping the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Friday night. Matt Dumba Jersey.The dramatic moment overshadowed the meltdown of closer A.J. Ramos, who blew a save in the ninth for Miami. Ramos had converted 33 straight saves, one short of the franchise record, before Tyler Flowers led off with his sixth homer to force a 5-5 tie.Fernandez, one of baseballs most dynamic starters, began the game with a .222 batting average in 27 at-bats. With the pitchers spot due up in the 12th and no position players available, Fernandez batted for reliever Nick Wittgren (3-1) and delivered the big hit.Fernandez is Miamis starter Saturday.Before the game, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that Ramos would remain the closer after the team traded for Fernando Rodney. Rodney did his job, facing four batters in a scoreless eighth, but Ramos wasnt as lucky.Rodney, whose 253 career saves rank fifth on the active list, converted all 17 of his chances this year for the San Diego Padres, but Mattingly said the plan was for him to work primarily as a setup man with Miami.The Marlins snapped a three-game skid and improved to 3-7 against Atlanta, the National Leagues worst team.Casey Kelly (0-3), the sixth Atlanta pitcher used, took the loss.Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-6, homered and drove in three runs for Miami. Martin Prado, Christian Yelich and Ozuna each had a two-out hit in the seventh, when Miami scored twice to take a 5-4 lead.Braves ace Julio Teheran began the night having pitched 23 consecutive scoreless innings, but his career-best streak ended quickly when Miami took a 3-0 lead in the first on Derek Dietrichs leadoff homer and Ozunas 17th homer, a two-run shot.Teheran avoided trouble in the second, when he struck out Yelich to strand the bases loaded, but Yelich chased him in the seventh with an RBI single that made it 3-3.Teheran allowed 11 hits and five runs and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings. His ERA rose .26 points to 2.72.Atlanta cut the lead to 3-2 in the second on Erick Aybars RBI single and Teherans groundout.Ozunas RBI single in the seventh came off Chris Withrow for the go-ahead run.In his previous 12 starts, Teheran was just 3-5 despite a 1.61 ERA and a .160 opponents batting average.Marlins starter Justin Nicolino gave up seven hits, four runs, one walk and struck out one in five innings. The left-hander blew a 3-0 lead when Chase dArnaud hit his first career homer, a two-run shot, to put the Braves up 4-0 in the fifth.Recalled before the game from Triple-A New Orleans, Nicolino has an 8.22 ERA over his past three starts.BIG SCAREFlowers was hit in the hand by a pitch from Wittgren in the 10th. The ball knocked off his helmet and glasses, but Flowers stayed in the game.BIG THRILLSAybar, the Atlanta shortstop, ran into shallow center field to make an over-the-shoulder catch of Adeiny Hechavarrias flyout and doubled up J.T. Realmuto to end the sixth. ... Left fielder Emilio Bonifacio ran a long way to chase down Prados long flyout in the 11th with a runner on first.BAD MOVESFreddie Freeman reached in the Atlanta 10th, when shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria ran into left field and bumped into Christian Yelich. Hechavarria was charged with an error as the ball bounced off Yelichs glove. Atlanta stranded the bases loaded.KER-PLUNK AGAINDietrich was hit by a pitch in the second, marking the third time this series and 16th this season, most in the majors. Even the visiting dugout at Turner Field hasnt been a safe place for Dietrich, who was hit in the head by Yelichs foul liner on May 29. Carlos Delgado set the Marlins single-season record after getting hit by 17 pitches in 2005.TRAINERS ROOMAtlanta CF Ender Inciarte strained his right groin and had to leave the game in the sixth inning.TRANSACTION WIRELHP Jo-Jo Reyes was designated for assignment with Rodneys arrival. The Marlins optioned RHP Brian Ellington to New Orleans to make room for Nicolino.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (10-3) has a 2.15 ERA and a 4-1 in seven career starts against Atlanta.Braves: Manager Brian?Snitker wasnt sure who will start on Saturday. Marcus Foligno Jersey. Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Jared Spurgeon Jersey. Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native was stellar in making 39 saves in his home province and Lars Eller got credit for a bizarre short-handed winner as the Canadiens defeated the Canucks 4-1. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Star return specialist Devin Hester was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday following an injury-shortened 2015 season.The 33-year-old Hester is a three-time All-Pro who set an NFL record with 20 career returns for touchdowns. He began his career with the Chicago Bears before signing a three-year, $9 million deal with Atlanta before the 2014 season.A turf toe injury knocked out most of his season in 2015. He had 269 total return yards during the last five games of the year. He had surgery in January, preventing him from full participation in offseason workouts.General manager Thomas Dimitroff said the decision to release Hester -- two days before the first practice of training camp -- was about more than the toe injury.He passed his physical, Dimitroff said Tuesday. It was a football decision for us at the very end. Not to be evasive about it, we wish him all the luck. We think its best for the organization for us to move forward.Coach Dan Quinn said wide receiver Eric Weems will continue to work on punt and kickoff returns. Wide receivers Justin Hardy, Nick Williams and Devin Fuller, a rookie, also will compete on punt returns. Running back Tevin Coleman, thhe top backup to starter Devonta Freeman, is an option on kickoff returns. Wholesale Wild Jerseys. The long list of candidates on returns was a factor in the move.Weve got some guys were pretty pumped up about to see what they can do, Quinn said.Hester apparently saw his release coming. On Wednesday, he posted on his Twitter account That look on your face when they count you out!!!!!(hash)motivationHester was drafted by the Bears as a cornerback from Miami in 2006. He switched to wide receiver and has 255 career catches for 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had 38 catches for 504 yards with Atlanta in 2014.Hester holds the record with 14 punt returns for touchdowns, including a 68-yarder with the Falcons in 2014. He had a career-high four punt returns for touchdowns in 2007, when he also returned two kickoffs for scores.Quinn described Hester as a guy I have tons of respect for.Devin is a real pro so we wish him nothing but the best, he added.Players report Wednesday and open camp Thursday.---Online:AP NFL websites: and ' ' '