Acuña and Olson propel the Braves to the Marlins’ double sweep | Radio WGN 720

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MIAMI (AP) — Ronald Acuña homered on the first pitch of the game, Matt Olson hit his 24th home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 to sweep their double on Saturday.

Rookie Vaughn Grissom also went deep for the surging Braves, who won their fifth straight after losing four of five to the NL East-leading New York Mets.

“They can move on from a tough weekend,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “These guys are playing for today.”

Acuña was called off after his fourth at bat in the seventh as a precaution to rest his surgically repaired right knee. The All-Star outfielder, who played Game 1, tore his ACL on the same field last July. The injury forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season and Atlanta’s World Series championship run.

“I feel like I’ve been playing with pain for about a week now,” Acuña said through a translator. “It comes and goes and I play through it. Right now, I feel good.

In Game 1, Chadwick Thompson doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 win.

Acuña’s shot over the wall at center was his 26th career homer. He also has 10 career first-court outbursts, four against Miami.

Braves starter Ian Anderson, who was picked for Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 7 to temporarily return as the 27th man for the doubleheader, scattered two runs over six innings. Anderson (10-6) allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four.

Despite hitting double-digit wins in a season for the first time in his career, Anderson struggled with command, prompting the demotion to minors.

“Congratulations to all the guys in this locker room, I feel like I’ve had a ton of running support the last few games,” Anderson said of the double-digit milestone. “It always helps, but it’s definitely an accomplishment.”

The Marlins have lost 12 of 13 home games and scored 23 total points in their first 12 games in August. They’ve also been held to three points or less in their last 14 games, the longest major league streak since the Chicago Cubs suffered a similar 15-game drought in September 1979.

Grissom made it 3-0 with a two-point shot in the fifth. Grissom, 21, hit Marlins reliever AJ Ladwig’s first pitch over the wall to left center for his second homer since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi on Monday.

Miami cut the deficit on Joey Wendle’s RBI single in the fifth, but the Braves responded with Olson’s solo outburst in the sixth. Olson homered in the first three games of the series.

“I don’t go up there and I go square every time,” Olson said. “There are still some pretty poor bats mixed in. Nothing out of the ordinary, trying to be a bit more grounded,”

Jesús Aguilar’s first homer in the bottom half brought the Marlins down to 4-2 before Olson hit a two-run single in the seventh.

The Marlins charged with two outs in the ninth after Kirby Yates beat JJ Bleday and Jacob Stallings. Raisel Iglesias relieved and took out the second before walking Peyton Burdick. Pinch hitter Garrett Cooper lined up at center for Iglesias’ 17th save and first with the Braves.

Tommy Nance pitched the first three innings of the game scheduled for Miami. Reinstated before Game 2, Nance (0-1) allowed one run, two hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

Olson homered, while Acuña and Robbie Grossman each had two hits in Game 1.

Atlanta starter Kyle Muller scattered two runs and three hits in five innings. Recalled from Gwinnett earlier on Saturday, Muller (1-1) scored one and struck out five. Immediately after Muller’s exit, the Braves returned the southpaw to Gwinnett.

Chadwick Tromp’s two-run brace with the bases loaded capped a three-run fourth and put Atlanta ahead 3-0. Tromp suffered cramps in his left quad as he reached second, which caught the immediate attention of the Braves coaching staff, but he stayed in the game.

Miami closed the gap on Aguilar’s two-run homer in the bottom half.

MOVING THE LIST

The Braves recalled RHP Bryce Elder from Gwinnett for Game 2.

The Marlins went for RHP Jeff Brigham in Triple-A Jacksonville to open up Nance’s spot on the roster. Brigham pitched two scoreless innings in Game 1.

RARE DOUBLEHEAD HOUSE

The Marlins played their first nine-inning doubleheader at LoanDepot Park since moving to the retractable-roof stadium in 2012. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Marlins had three doubleheaders at home, but these were reduced to seven-inning matches.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Anthony Bender got the first two outs in the ninth of Game 2 before coming out with forearm discomfort. … INF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (lower right back injury) is continuing his rehab at the club’s spring training facility in Jupiter, but has not moved into baseball pursuits. … OF Avisaíl García (left hamstring strain) continues his strengthening exercises and began a running program on Friday.

NEXT

RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 5.48) will start the series finale for the Braves on Sunday and the Marlins will go with LHP Braxton Garrett (2-6, 4.02).

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