On game getting close late
“We got a six-run lead and kind of let them back in the game. I thought Huddy made some good pitches, looking at the quick-video things. May have just caught the plate a little bit too much on some. Off the top of my head, he gave up four two-strike base hits, something like that. But nevertheless, we won the ballgame. The bullpen did a terrific job. Prado had a great night offensively. Danny had the three-run homer, but to me Danny saved us defensively. There’s a guy that gets a bad rap defensively, at times, and he saved the game for us today, making a bunch of plays.”
On his improved hitting past week and half
“Yeah, you see signs. He’s heating up at the right time, now we need to continue that.”
Prado’s four-hit, two-RBI game
“That last RBI was big. It really was. And four hits. Yesterday he wanted to fight me because I gave him a day off. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or whatever, but it seems like every time we give him a little day off, he responds. And today he came up with four hits. It was a big night.”
On Uggla beating out base hit
“That’s the way he plays. No matter what the batting average is, no matter how he’s doing. That’s the only way he plays, and that’s why you love him and stick with him. Because that’s the way he plays the game every single night. He brings it. He brings the intensity. He can separate the offense from the defense, and that’s why you stick with a guy like that as much as you can.”
On how the team’s playing
“We’re playing good baseball. In our eyes we’re still trying to catch the Nationals. We’re pitching good and our offense, you’re starting to see some sparks here and there. There’s still a lot of games left on the schedule. Just keep ticking them away and playing good. At the very least, you go into the postseason hitting on all cylinders.”
Most proud of the homer or the diving defensive stop?
“Homer. You kidding me? Come on, now. Those have been few and far between this year, and it got us off to a good start and gave Huddy a little cushion. Yeah, definitely the homer.”
Has three homers and eight RBIs in six games at Marlins new ballpark
“I just love coming to Miami in general. I love the city, I love coming to play baseball here. Obviously being down here for five years, it was like my second home for a while. So it’s always fun to come back, see some old friends, and definitely enjoy playing against my old teammates.”
Took advantage of idle Nats, gained another half-game
“Yeah, like I said, crazy things happen in this game. You can’t ever quit until the last out. We’re just going to keep playing and see what happens.”
Momentum carry over from sweeping the Nationals?
“I think so. We’ve had our struggles with the Nationals for a few years now. They’ve kind of had our number. I don’t even remember the last time it was when we swept them. That was definitely much needed, and it carried over a little to tonight, I guess.”
Scoreboard watching going on?
“We definitely want to win the division, because that one-game playoff is such a gamble. I mean, not a gamble, but it’s one game deciding who’s going to go [to the division series]. It’s kind of scary. We’d rather automatically be in the NLDS and not have to worry about that one-game playoff. But if we’re put in that situation, we’ll take care of business the best we can.
“Scoreboard watching? I don’t really keep up with it anymore. I was obsessed with it last year. I mean, you talk about stress upon stress. So I’m just concentrating on our game and worrying about what we’re capable of doing on the field.”
On big inning getting him again
“That’s kind of been the story most of the year for me. It’s just … we get a big lead [tonight] and I’m not really trying to go to the corners with a big lead like that. You’ve got to tip your cap to those guys over there; they hit some pretty decent pitches. Hernandez hit a front-door cutter that I thought was a pretty good pitch, and the catcher [Brantley] hit a back-door cutter that was 0-2 or 1-2.
“Locations were pretty good, I think. Just one pitch a way from getting out of an inning.”
Braves got into Miami at 3:30 in the morning, then jumped out to a 4-0 lead in 1st inning
“It’s great, man. I tell you, putting up a crooked number early is always awesome. Four runs in the first is a pitcher’s dream. I just hate that I gave a big chunk to them right there in that fourth inning. But you’ve got to tip your hat to the guys – they took the momentum from the Nationals series and come down here and kept it going tonight and hopefully through the rest of the series and take it to Philly.”
“He seems to be comfortable hitting down here. He’s really hurt his former team with the home run here. It’s great to see it. He’s a guy that we’re going to need to lean on some going into this last couple of weeks and in the playoffs. If we can get him hot, it’s going to very much help our offense.”