by Tom Morgan

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a thorn in the side of his former team Thursday night.

Saltalamacchia laced a single to center off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 3-2 victory over the Braves. The Marlins took the four-game series 3-1.

Marcel Ozuna reached first base against Kimbrel when a third strike got away from catcher Evan Gattis. Ozuna advaced to second on another wild pitch by Kimbrel. Saltalamacchia then greeted his former teammate with the rbi single.

Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Marlins closer Steve Cishek earned his 24th save in 27 chances, retiring Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward on fly balls in the ninth.

It's just the second in 10 series that Miami has won at Turner Field.

In other state sports news...

  • The threat of being cut hasn't served as a deterrent for suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He was arrested in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession on Wednesday. Blackmon is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. His arrest comes as the Jaguars are opening training camp.
  • The Miami Dolphins have opened training camp with two major no-shows. Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey, who had hip surgery in June, could also miss the start of the regular season. Runningback Knowshon Moreno was also placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List after undergoing knee surgery in June.
  • Its official. Former Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson has signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks. The deal is reportedly for two years and $5.5 million. Nelson was waived by the Magic on June 30th, ending his ten-year career with the team.