Acuña yanked, Ortega slam lead Braves over Dodgers 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. says he had never before failed to hustle out of the batter's box.

Braves manager Brian Snitker made a bold move to make sure it never happens again with the 21-year-old All-Star outfielder.

With Acuna banished for styling instead of sprinting, Rafael Ortega stepped up with a sixth-inning grand slam that lifted Atlanta to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

Acuna was pulled before the fifth inning after failing to run out a drive to right field in the third. The ball bounced off the wall for a long single - Acuna almost certainly would have had an easy double if he had hustled from home plate.

''He didn't run. You've got to run,'' Snitker said. ''It's not going to be acceptable here. As a teammate you're responsible for 24 other guys. That name on the front is a lot more important than the name on the back of that jersey. You can't do that. We're trying to accomplish something and do something special here and personal things have got to be put on the backburner. You just can't let your team down like that.''

Snitker followed Acuna into the tunnel for a conversation during the fourth inning before Adam Duvall entered the game in left field in the fifth, with Ortega moving from left to center.

Snitker said he made an immediate decision to pull Acuna out of the game but waited one inning so Duvall would have time to warm up.

''That was the decision the manager took and I respect his decision,'' Acuna said through a translator, adding his lack of hustle ''was unintentional.''

Acuna said he ''obviously wasn't thinking and that was the action I took. ... It's never happened before.''

Snitker said there will be no impact on Acuna's starting job.

The move by Snitker came with Atlanta trailing 3-1 in a high-spotlight game - a 2018 playoff rematch and the decisive game of a three-game series between the teams with the National League's best records.

Acuna is hitting .296 with 35 home runs and 85 RBIs, and leads the NL with 29 stolen bases and 104 runs scored.

Ortega, recalled from the minors on Tuesday, made the most of only his second start with the Braves with his first career grand slam off Dustin May.

''I was just trying to just focus on trying to make good contact with the ball,'' Ortega said through a translator.

May (1-2) couldn't hold a 3-1 lead. May walked Brian McCann, gave up a single to Matt Joyce and hit Adeiny Hechavarria with a pitch to load the bases. Ortega's homer landed in the Braves' bullpen.

May, adjusting to a new bullpen role, said he was ''a little amped up, a little excited.''

''You still have to go out and execute,'' he said. ''I didn't execute well today really on any pitch. Only room for improvement from here.''

Dodgers rookie Tony Gonsolin, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowed one run on five hits in four innings.

Braves left-hander Max Fried couldn't extend his streak of wins in five straight starts. Fried lasted five innings despite giving up Cody Bellinger's three-run homer in the first. Bellinger leads the majors with 42 homers.

Anthony Swarzak (3-3), Chris Martin, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon combined for four scoreless innings. Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Acuna briefly had Bellinger's ball in his glove as he reached over the center field wall. The homer, which followed singles by Justin Turner and Will Smith, fell out of Acuna's glove when his wrist hit the top of the wall. Acuna's disappointment showed when he tossed his glove to the warning track while Bellinger ran around the bases.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who has missed 24 games with a right foot contusion, fielded groundballs for the second straight day before running and participating in agility drills.

STILL NO 30-30

Fried doubled off the right-field wall to lead off the third. After Acuna followed with his long single, he was thrown out by rookie catcher Will Smith when trying to steal second. Acuna is still one steal away from a 30-30 season.

ROSTER MOVES

Jedd Gyorko (lower back strain) was activated from the 60-day injured list to start at first base in his Dodgers debut. Gyorko was on the IL when he was acquired from St. Louis on July 31. To clear spots for Gonsolin and Gyorko, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Josh Sborz and infielder Edwin Rios to Oklahoma City.

FAITH IN MAY

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he is still confident in May as a reliever. ''This is a learning process,'' Roberts said. ''My faith, my confidence in Dustin hasn't wavered and Dustin is absolutely going to be more than fine.''

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.63) will make only his second career start against Toronto when the Dodgers open a three-game home series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Braves: Following an off day on Monday, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.39) will make his third start of the season against Miami when the Braves open a three-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday night.

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  • W: A. Swarzak (3-3)L: D. May (1-2)S: M. Melancon (4)
  • HR: LAD - C. Bellinger (42), ATL - R. Ortega (1)
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C. Seager SS40000012.264.340.453.793-0.5
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  • b-grounded out for Jansen in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Swarzak in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Garlick (4)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (42)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 3 (97)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pollock, T. Gonsolin 5 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (33), A. Hechavarria (9), M. Fried (4)
  • HR - R. Ortega
  • RBI - A. Hechavarria (19), R. Ortega 4 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman 2 (2), J. Donaldson, B. McCann, R. Ortega 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Pollock
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Acuna (7)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Gonsolin, C. Seager (15)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Hechavarria-Freeman)
  • PB - B. McCann (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Gonsolin4.05110203.000.947.0
P. Baez1.01000203.500.983.0
D. May (L, 1-2) (BS, 1)2.03441014.261.21-7.0
K. Jansen1.00000103.591.053.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Gonsolin4.0
P. Baez1.0
D. May (L, 1-2) (BS, 1)2.0
K. Jansen1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried5.08333813.841.405.0
A. Swarzak (W, 3-3)1.01000003.501.339.0
C. Martin (H, 14)1.00000103.831.073.5
S. Greene (H, 3)1.00000002.381.063.0
M. Melancon (S, 4)1.00000104.021.4310.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried5.0
A. Swarzak (W, 3-3)1.0
C. Martin (H, 14)1.0
S. Greene (H, 3)1.0
M. Melancon (S, 4)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Gonsolin
  • HBP - D. May (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Gonsolin 72-42, P. Baez 11-9, D. May 51-33, K. Jansen 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Gonsolin 5-5, D. May 4-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Gonsolin 17, P. Baez 4, D. May 11, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Fried (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 96-61, A. Swarzak 10-8, C. Martin 15-11, S. Greene 8-6, M. Melancon 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 3-2, A. Swarzak 2-1, C. Martin 1-1, S. Greene 1-2, M. Melancon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 24, A. Swarzak 4, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 3, M. Melancon 3
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W. Smith C41100022.325.398.8001.1981.0
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J. Gyorko 1B40200010.217.288.317.6051.5
C. Seager SS40000012.264.340.453.793-0.5
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  • a-singled for Baez in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Jansen in the 9th
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A. Duvall LF20000000.243.288.514.8010.0
O. Albies 2B40100002.296.352.498.8502.0
F. Freeman 1B40000023.303.396.562.958-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B40100011.267.383.532.9150.5
B. McCann C31000101.265.337.424.7612.0
M. Joyce RF42200000.263.360.424.7844.0
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A. Hechavarria SS31210010.219.272.377.6495.5
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  • a-grounded out for Swarzak in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Garlick (4)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (42)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 3 (97)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pollock, T. Gonsolin 5 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (33), A. Hechavarria (9), M. Fried (4)
  • HR - R. Ortega
  • RBI - A. Hechavarria (19), R. Ortega 4 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman 2 (2), J. Donaldson, B. McCann, R. Ortega 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Pollock
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Acuna (7)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Gonsolin, C. Seager (15)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Hechavarria-Freeman)
  • PB - B. McCann (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Gonsolin4.05110203.000.947.0
P. Baez1.01000203.500.983.0
D. May (L, 1-2) (BS, 1)2.03441014.261.21-7.0
K. Jansen1.00000103.591.053.5
Total8.0955151---
PITCHERSIP
T. Gonsolin4.0
P. Baez1.0
D. May (L, 1-2) (BS, 1)2.0
K. Jansen1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried5.08333813.841.405.0
A. Swarzak (W, 3-3)1.01000003.501.339.0
C. Martin (H, 14)1.00000103.831.073.5
S. Greene (H, 3)1.00000002.381.063.0
M. Melancon (S, 4)1.00000104.021.4310.5
Total9.09333101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried5.0
A. Swarzak (W, 3-3)1.0
C. Martin (H, 14)1.0
S. Greene (H, 3)1.0
M. Melancon (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Gonsolin
  • HBP - D. May (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Gonsolin 72-42, P. Baez 11-9, D. May 51-33, K. Jansen 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Gonsolin 5-5, D. May 4-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Gonsolin 17, P. Baez 4, D. May 11, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Fried (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 96-61, A. Swarzak 10-8, C. Martin 15-11, S. Greene 8-6, M. Melancon 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 3-2, A. Swarzak 2-1, C. Martin 1-1, S. Greene 1-2, M. Melancon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 24, A. Swarzak 4, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 3, M. Melancon 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Ortega homered to right center, McCann, Joyce and Hechavarria scored35
  • 4TH INNING
    Hechavarria doubled to deep right, Joyce scored31
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger homered to center, Turner and Smith scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • Charlie Culberson in right field
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • K. Negron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Negron struck out on foul tip
    • Joc Pederson hit for Kenley Jansen
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded out to first
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Shane Greene relieved Chris Martin
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko popped out to first
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
    • K. Garlick: Strike looking, Garlick fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Dustin May
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Joyce flied out to left
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ortega lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Chris Martin pitching
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to center
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. May Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Albies lined out to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Donaldson singled to right
    • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Max Fried
    • K. Garlick: Strike swinging, Garlick grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Negron: Negron grounded out to third
    • Matt Beaty hit for Pedro Baez
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beaty singled to right center
    • A. Pollock: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pollock flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dustin May pitching
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Donaldson grounded out to third
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Joyce singled to left, McCann to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria hit by pitch, McCann to third, Joyce to second
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ortega homered to right center, McCann, Joyce and Hechavarria scored
    • Julio Teheran hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Teheran grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duvall grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Adam Duvall in left field
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gyorko struck out on foul tip
    • C. Seager: Seager lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Baez relieved Tony Gonsolin
    • M. Fried: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fried struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Duvall fouled out to catcher
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Albies doubled to deep right center
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to pitcher
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce singled to left
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria doubled to deep right, Joyce scored
    • R. Ortega: Strike swinging, Ball, Hechavarria to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ortega lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko singled to left
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • K. Garlick: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garlick walked, Gyorko to second
    • K. Negron: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Negron struck out looking
    • T. Gonsolin: Gonsolin reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Garlick out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • M. Fried: Ball, Strike looking, Fried doubled to deep right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to deep right, Fried to third
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Acuna caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock singled to right
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner singled to right, Pollock to second
    • W. Smith: Smith reached on fielder's choice to third, Pollock out at third, Turner to second
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Smith out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce flied out to left
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria singled to left
    • R. Ortega: Hechavarria to second on Gonsolin throwing error, Ball, Strike swinging, Ortega lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pollock walked
    • J. Turner: Pollock out at first, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to left center
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Smith singled to center, Turner to second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Turner to third, Smith to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger homered to center, Turner and Smith scored
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Gyorko singled to left
    • C. Seager: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager flied out to left
    • K. Garlick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garlick doubled to deep right center, Gyorko to third
    • K. Negron: Negron intentionally walked
    • T. Gonsolin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonsolin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Gonsolin Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Acuna safe at first on shortstop Seager throwing error
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to second, Acuna to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)