08/20 21:29 CDT Freeman's 2 homers, 4 RBIs carry Braves past Marlins 5-1
Freeman's 2 homers, 4 RBIs carry Braves past Marlins 5-1
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) --- Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in four runs, Dallas
Keuchel kept working out of trouble and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami
Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Freeman sent one went the opposite way into the Marlins bullpen against Elieser
Hernandez in the fourth. The next inning, the Braves slugger went deep again
with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, launching a pitch from Tyler Kinley (1-1)
into the right-field seats for his 33rd homer of the season and second
multi-homer game of the homestand.
The third Miami pitcher, Austin Brice, didn't fare any better against Freeman,
giving up a two-run single in the seventh.
Freeman now has 102 RBIs --- the second 100-RBI season of his career. He had
109 in 2013.
Keuchel (4-5) went six innings, limiting the Marlins to Jon Berti's
third-inning homer. The left-hander benefited from a pair of double plays and
stranded six runners --- four of them in scoring position. His last pitch was a
high fastball that fanned Jorge Alfaro with runners at first and third.
Hernandez plunked Atlanta star Ronald Acua Jr. in the back with his very first
pitch of the game, rekindling tensions between the NL East rivals and leading
to the ejection of Braves manager Brian Snitker.
Last season, Jose Urea was suspended after he drilled Acua with a pitch on
the left elbow. In May, then-Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman was kicked out for
throwing behind Urea in the Miami pitcher's first appearance against the
Braves since the incident with Acua.
Acua lingered in front of home plate, staring down Hernandez, before being
ushered slowly to first. When home-plate umpire Alan Porter warned both teams
against further retaliation, Snitker popped out of the dugout and was given the
heave by crew chief Mark Wegner.
Hernandez struck another hitter in the fourth, getting Adeiny Hechavarria on
the left elbow, but the umpires took no action. Acting Braves manager Walt
Weiss emerged from the dugout and could be seen asking Porter, "What did you
give the warning for?"
Hernandez was lifted after four innings because of a blister on his right
middle finger. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five during a
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (shoulder strain) is set to throw a rehab start at
Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday, which could be one of his final tuneups
before a return to the big leagues. Lopez (5-5, 4.23 ERA) last pitched for the
Marlins on June 15. ... Hernandez was listed as day to day.
Braves: C Brian McCann left the game after the third inning because of left
knee soreness. ... OF Austin Riley (knee) worked out on the field before the
game and may be able to begin a rehab stint in the minors by the weekend. ...
SS Dansby Swanson (foot) is set to take batting practice and run the bases
before Wednesday's game, though the team still isn't sure when he'll be able to
get into a game.
Braves RHP Julio Teheran will look to bounce back from the shortest start of
his career when he goes Wednesday in the second of three games between the
teams. Teheran (7-8, 3.71 ERA) lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the New York
Mets last Thursday, surrendering six runs, eight hits and three walks. The
Marlins will go with LHP Caleb Smith (8-6, 3.63), who is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in
four career starts vs. Atlanta.
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