Count on Dontrelle Willis for an unorthodox delivery.
Awaiting the imminent birth of his first child, Willis went about his business last night, pitching 6 2/3 innings and hitting a standup triple to help the Florida Marlins beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 8-7.
Willis (4-1) became the NL's first four-game winner.
Sitting at his locker 3 1/2 hours before the game, Willis said his wife, Natalee, was expected to deliver a daughter last night, but was hours from delivery by game time.
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Willis the lineup card as a souvenir.
"Keep it so that 6 years down the road you can tell your daughter, 'I got two hits and I got a win, and then I watched you get born,' " Gonzalez recalled telling Willis.
The expectant father with the big windup wasn't at his best, giving up eight hits and five runs. But he won his fourth consecutive start against Atlanta and improved to 13-2 in April.
Batterymate Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer, his first. Dan Uggla homered and drove in three runs, giving him three homers and nine RBI in two games. Willis singled in the second inning, then tripled and scored during the Marlins' six-run fifth.
Florida won its third consecutive game after losing six in a row.
Jeff Francoeur went 4-for-5 for Atlanta, including his fourth homer, and drove in four runs to give him 22 RBI. Teammate Andruw Jones drove in two runs on his 30th birthday.
In another game:
* At New York, Carlos Delgado hit his first home run of the season and John Maine (3-0) pitched into the eighth inning, leading the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies, 6-1.
* At Chicago, Prince Fielder homered twice, including a 12th-inning drive that capped a comeback from a four-run deficit and led the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cubs, 5-4.
* Reds rightfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was expected back in the lineup tonight after recovering from diverticulitis. He missed the last four games of the Reds' homestand last week, pinch-hitting against the Phillies in a 9-3 loss Sunday.
* Cubs righthander Mark Prior is scheduled to have an exploratory arthroscopic procedure today to examine his aching right shoulder still hurts.
Also, pitcher Wade Miller went on the 15-day disabled list with middle back spasms. *