KISSIMMEE, FL — Trying to revive his career with the Miami Marlins, Chone Figgins had a big day against the Atlanta Braves.
Figgins, signed to a minor league deal after his release by Seattle, was 4 for 4 with two RBIs in Sunday’s 10-2 win over Atlanta.
“I’m smiling again,” said Figgins, a bust during three seasons with the Mariners after signing a $36 million, four-year contract as a free agent. “It was tough in Seattle, really tough. But I feel like everything is good now.” This is another chance and I’m happy.”
Figgins was released in November by the Mariners, who owe him $8 million for this season in the final year of the big contract. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins.
His first three hits Sunday came off Tim Hudson, who labored through five innings while throwing 97 pitches. He gave up six runs, nine hits, two hit batters and one walk.
“I was working on backing up the bases,” Hudson joked. “I’m definitely getting my work in.”
It was the second straight rough outing for the veteran right-hander, who will go into the season three short of 200 career victories. His ERA is 6.43 in four starts.
“I really felt good, believe it or not,” said Hudson, who is trying to find his curveball. “The last couple of starts have been a train wreck from a production standpoint.”
B.J. Upton was 3 for 3 for the Braves and is hitting .382 (13 for 34). Jason Heyward went 2 for 3 to break out of a 0-for-14 slide.
Paul Maholm will make his fourth start for the Braves today against Washington in Viera, Fla. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch for the Nationals.
U.S. 9, CANADA 4
At Phoenix, running out of outs, Adam Jones and the United States broke loose and saved themselves from a humbling loss.
Now they’re heading to Miami for the next round of the World Baseball Classic.
Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a three-run double in the ninth and the U.S. scored seven times in the final two innings to beat Canada.
The winner of the game moved on, the loser went home. And for a long while, it didn’t look good for manager Joe Torre’s team.
The U.S. trailed 3-2 after seven innings before rallying. Team USA and Italy each went 2-1 and advanced in Group D while Canada and Mexico went 1-2 and were eliminated.
Heath Bell pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.