ATLANTA - Cody Ross hit a three-run homer to snap out of an early slump, and the Florida Marlins finished off their first three-game sweep in Atlanta with a 6-2 victory over the Braves on Thursday.
Ross finished with three hits and four RBIs after beginning the day with a .115 average, helping Florida (8-1) get off to its best start since opening the 1997 season with eight wins in the first nine games.
The Marlins outscored the Braves 21-7 in the series. Florida had never swept a series of more than two games in Atlanta, and the last time that happened was May 13-14, 1997.
Anibal Sanchez (1-0) gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings to give Kenshin Kawakami (1-1) his first loss. Kawakami allowed five hits and five runs, four earned, in six innings.
The Braves were without two of their top hitters. Chipper Jones, normally the No. 3 hitter, missed his second straight game with a bruised left thumb and cleanup hitter Brian McCann was given his first break from the starting lineup this season. He reached on a fielder's choice as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar left the game after five innings with a strained abdominal muscle. He was listed as day to day.
Ross hit a fastball from Kawakami about 20 rows deep into the left-field seats in the second inning to drive in Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla for a 3-0 lead. The deep shot ended Florida's four-game streak without a homer.
The Braves scored one run off Sanchez in the third. Garret Anderson, filling in for McCann as the cleanup hitter, hit his first of two doubles and scored on a single by Jeff Francoeur.
Anderson added his second double and again scored on a single by Francoeur in the fifth.
Uggla walked and scored on Jeremy Hermida's triple to center off Kawakami in the sixth, and Ross drove in Hermida with a sacrifice fly.
Pinch-hitter Ross Gload led off the ninth with a triple off Jorge Campillo, and Alfredo Amezaga drove in Gload with a single.
Notes: Baserunners are 0-for-3 in stolen-base attempts against the Marlins after Kelly Johnson was thrown out at second base by Ronny Paulino in the fourth inning. Florida is the only team in the majors that has not allowed a steal. ... Braves C David Ross started and was the No. 8 hitter after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. C Clint Sammons was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Kawakami was 2-for-2 for his first two major league hits. ... Rookie CF Jordan Schafer was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, leaving him 1-for-11 in the series.