Contreras homers twice as Acuña, Braves beat Marlins 4-3

MIAMI (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ronald Acuña Jr. extended his two-season on-base streak to 28 games and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Saturday night.

Acuña singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run. His string began last summer and was interrupted when the star outfielder injured his knee in Miami on July 10, ending his year.

The Braves led 4-2 when closer Kenley Jansen struck out the first two batters in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jacob Stallings then walked, Jazz Chisholm Jr. had an infield single and Garrett Cooper hit an RBI double.

Jansen struck out Jorge Soler, the MVP of the World Series for Atlanta last year, to get his 10th save.

Kyle Wright (4-2) pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He walked three and struck out six.

Contreras’ home run in the fifth put Atlanta ahead 1-0. He drove a fastball from Elieser Hernández (2-4) over the wall in right-center for his fifth homer.

Contreras went deep again in the seventh against reliever Cody Poteet with an opposite-field shot to right. It was Contreras’ second multi-homer game this season and ended Poteet’s scoreless innings string at 16 1/3.

Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall hit RBI singles in the sixth for Atlanta.

Soler had an RBI double off Atlanta reliever Darren O’Day in the sixth.

Brian Anderson added an RBI grounder off A.J. Minter in the eighth that got Miami within 4-2.

Hernández allowed one run and three hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five.


The Braves completed a rare double play that not only thwarted a Marlins scoring opportunity but ended the fourth inning. Jesús Sánchez hit a one-out triple. With a drawn-in infield, Bryan De La Cruz followed with a hard grounder to shortstop Dansby Swanson, who caught Sánchez in a rundown between third and home. Third baseman Austin Riley eventually tagged Sánchez and then found De La Cruz drifting from first. Miami’s second rundown of the play ended in another out as second baseman Ozzie Albies tagged De La Cruz.


Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas exited in the seventh because of left calf tightness. .RHP Jordan Holloway (unspecified injury) extended his throwing program to 120 feet.


Atlanta RHP Ian Anderson (3-2, 3.75) will start the series finale Sunday against Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 2.49).

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