It was arguably one of the biggest spots a Marlins hitter had appeared in this season.

With two outs in the top of the ninth before more than 35,000 red tomahawk-chopping, loud-screaming opposing fans, Miami pinch-hitter Donovan Solano dug into Turner Field’s batter’s box late Thursday
night to face hard-throwing Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

Come through with a hit, and Solano could be considered a hero.

Little did he or others know, though, that in order for the Marlins to escape with a win over a tough division foe, another Miami player was going to have to don a cape.

One pitch after fighting off a 99 mph Kimbrel fastball, Solano, a recent re-addition to the roster after a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list and subsequent stay in the minors to rehab, sliced an 89 mph slider into right field to snap a 3-all tie and plate Ed Lucas. The go-ahead run proved all the offense the Marlins needed for the eventual 4-3 victory.

“You’ve got to earn wins in this place against this team,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

A half inning later, with the Braves threatening to stage their own late-game magic, Miami rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton made a dazzling diving catch to preserve the victory.

With a runner on at first and former Marlin Dan Uggla blasting a lined shot into the right-centerfield gap, Stanton sprinted hard toward the fence.

At the last second, as the ball was making its descent, the 6-foot-5 Stanton stretched out the full length of his frame. The ball, which at first looked like a sure extra-base hit, landed into his glove, forcing the runner back to first. Had the ball landed without being touched, the baserunner would have easily scored, tying the game at four.