The last time Henderson Alvarez pitched at Turner Field, he helped lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win against Braves in his season debut on July 4. Angling for a series win, Miami hopes for a similar result on Sunday.
Alvarez, who sports a 2.80 ERA and five straight quality starts, will toe the rubber with a new catcher behind the plate -- Koyie Hill. Hill will make his first start since the Marlins selected his contract from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.
The duo's lack of familiarity with each other does not concern Miami manager Mike Redmond.
"I think guys who can catch don't really have a problem with who is pitching," Redmond said. "He hadn't caught [Steve] Cishek, and he caught him in the ninth [Friday], relatively easily.
"I think guys who understand catching and have good hands, they don't struggle. It doesn't really matter who they are catching. It becomes a matter of becoming more familiar with their stuff and what pitches they like to throw in certain situations. But guys usually [make] that adjustment relatively quickly."
Hill, who batted .237 (45-for-190) in 60 games with New Orleans this year, singled in his first at-bat with the Marlins on Friday night. Redmond, a former catcher, likes what he sees in Hill, who has also played for the Dodgers, the D-backs and the Cubs.
"He's played quite a few years," Redmond said. "He has some experience. I remember seeing him quite a few years with the Cubs. He's a good backup catcher. He's solid.
"He knows how to catch. He knows the game. He understands the situation. He will do a nice job for us, going out there and being consistent behind the plate. That's what we're looking for right now."
Alvarez will start opposite Braves ace Mike Minor, who said he had his "worst stuff" in his most recent outing. The left-hander gave up only two runs in six innings against the Nationals on Monday. But a sixth straight quality start did not satisfy Minor, who leads all Atlanta starters with 11 wins, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.
"I know it very easily could have been five or six runs," Minor said. "So I'm thankful for only two runs and we squeezed out a win. It was a big team win against a good team and in a big series."
Braves: Winning streak ends
• Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Marlins ended the Braves' winning streak at 14, one shy of the Atlanta record of 15 set between April 16-May 2, 2000.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed to Atlanta's 9-8 win against Colorado on July 29, right after a three-game sweep of St. Louis, as a key victory in the streak.
Gonzalez admired the way his team fought back after Brandon Beachy gave up the Braves' early 6-4 lead against the Rockies.
"Very easily, our team could've said, 'You know what? We're tired, we played the ESPN Sunday night game, we just had a [heck] of a series, we just have to mail it in,'" Gonzalez said. "Well, we came back and won that game. To me, that's a defining moment for our club."
• Gerald Laird finished 0-for-3 on Saturday night in his second rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett. He is hitless in six at-bats during his current assignment. Laird was placed on the DL on Aug. 3 (retroactive to July 26) with kidney stones.
In five innings behind the plate, Laird allowed a run to score on a passed ball in the second and made an error attempting to throw out a basestealer at second base in the fourth.
Marlins: Yelich keeps rolling
Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games with a first-inning single on Saturday. The rookie left fielder is batting .390 (16-for-41) with four multi-hit games during the streak.
• On Saturday, former Braves infielder Mark Lemke was announced as a member of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame's 2013 induction class. Lemke, who was born in Utica, N.Y., played 10 seasons in the Majors with Atlanta and Boston.
• The Marlins failed to score with Nathan Eovaldi on the mound during Saturday's 1-0 win, marking the right-hander's fifth straight start with zero run support.
• On Saturday, Atlanta lost its first game since opening a Waffle House at Turner Field on July 26. Meanwhile, Miami became just the second MLB team to win a game while playing at a ballpark with a Waffle House concession stand.
Redmond was in awe of the Braves' recent breakfast-backed success.
"I think that's crazy," Redmond said. "Have you ever been to Waffle House? I can't believe it's in the ballpark. Wow. I can't believe it. I've been to the Waffle House a couple of times before. It didn't treat me well."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.