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MARLINS 5, BRAVES 4: Host Atlanta's East lead is dwindling again.

Kevin Millwood was chased in the seventh inning and Florida survived a rough ninth to beat the Braves 5-4, cutting Atlanta's lead to two games over second-place New York.

Atlanta, which has lost three straight, trailed 5-2 before Reggie Sanders' run-scoring single in the eighth chased Jesus Sanchez (9-10), who improved to 4-1 against the Braves.

Antonio Alfonseca walked pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla leading off the ninth, then gave up consecutive singles to Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones as Atlanta closed within a run.

With runners at first and third and no outs, Chipper Jones grounded to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who threw out Furcal at the plate. Brian Jordan then reached on a infield single, a slow roller to third, loading the bases for Andres Galarraga.

Alfonseca got Galarraga to ground into a 6-4-3 double play for his major league-leading 40th save in 44 chances.

Millwood (9-11) allowed all five runs and 10 hits in 6 innings and hasn't won consecutive starts since beating the Marlins on July 26 and Arizona on Aug. 1.

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