Acuña delivers winning single, Braves beat Marlins again

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. has found multiple ways to beat the Miami Marlins this year. He only wishes the season series wasn't over.

''Yeah, I definitely think it was an appropriate way and a fitting ending to the way we played the Marlins,'' he said through a translator. ''But I would have much rather hit a home run against them.''

Acuna hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game, finishing off the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night.

Freddie Freeman hit a tying homer in the eighth and the Braves sent Miami to its 12th road loss in a row, the longest streak in the majors this year.

The NL East-leading Braves went 15-4 against the Marlins this year. Acuna hit .319 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in the season series.

''More so I just wanted to leave it on the field and walk it off,'' Acuna said. ''I wanted us to get the win. I really didn't care independently about which ballplayer did it.''

Adeiny Hechavarria opened the Atlanta ninth with a double and later scored on Acuna's single off Ryne Stanek (0-3).

Freeman's 34th homer, an opposite-field drive to left, came off Stanek, who lost his first decision since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Stanek threw a fastball down and away to Freeman.

''I didn't think it was that bad of a pitch,'' Stanek said. ''He just put a good swing on it.''

Mark Melancon (5-2) faced four batters in the ninth to earn the win.

Braves starter Mike Soroka hasn't won a decision in seven straight starts. The 22-year-old All-Star was still hard to solve, allowing a single in the second and another in the sixth before Brian Anderson and Neil Walker singled in the seventh and both scored to make it 2-1 on Starlin Castro's double.

Soroka, tied for the second-best ERA in the majors at 2.41, allowed no walks and struck out five in seven innings. It marked the fourth time in five starts that he's pitched that deep into a game.

''It's affirmation to me that I'm not really taking the foot off the pedal,'' Soroka said. ''Staying aggressive and keeping with what's working, too.''

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara gave up Hechavarria's RBI single in the second, and allowed three hits overall in seven innings. He held the top four batters in Atlanta's lineup - Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freeman and Josh Donaldson - to a collective 0 for 12.

Alcantara took a shutout into the eighth inning of his last start against Atlanta on Aug. 10.

SIGNFICANT NUMBERS

Fifteen of Freeman's homers have either tied the game or given Atlanta the lead this season. ... Freeman became the first Brave since Chipper Jones in 2007 to have a season with 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. ... Atlanta improved to a season-best 25 games over .500.

NICE GLOVE

Marlins 1B Walker snared Rafael Ortega's liner in the second to double up Hechavarria and prevent a runner from scoring from third.

STREAK LIVES

Miami has allowed a homer in 23 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in major league history and three off the mark shared by Baltimore in 2017, Seattle in 2004 and Houston in 2001.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings during his most recent rehab start with Triple-A New Orleans. Manager Don Mattingly said he could return before the rosters expand in September.

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) was 1 for 2 with an RBI through the first four innings of his first rehab game at Single-A Rome on Thursday. ... LF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) ran without pain before the game and will report to Rome on Friday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 9.39 ERA) will make his fourth start as Miami opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will pitch the first game of a three-game series at the New York Mets. Foltynewicz has a 19.96 ERA and opponents are hitting .344 against him with runners in scoring position.

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  • W: M. Melancon (5-2)L: R. Stanek (0-3)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (34)
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I. Diaz 2B40000001.153.215.220.4360.0
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N. Walker 1B41200000.264.343.386.7283.0
S. Castro 3B40220011.262.285.380.6654.5
H. Ramirez LF40000013.268.306.394.700-0.5
L. Brinson CF30000022.182.221.241.462-1.0
B. Holaday C30000001.291.371.442.8130.0
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  • a-struck out for Alcantara in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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O. Albies 2B40000002.289.344.486.8300.0
F. Freeman 1B41111013.304.395.575.9705.5
J. Donaldson 3B41000020.264.381.526.9070.0
M. Joyce RF30100100.272.372.432.8042.0
A. Hechavarria SS41210001.225.283.400.6835.0
R. Ortega LF40000023.188.278.438.715-1.0
T. Flowers C30100111.224.302.411.7131.5
M. Soroka P20000021.091.149.091.240-1.0
a- A. Duvall PH00000000.247.298.506.8041.0
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- C. Culberson PH10000002.283.315.458.7730.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Soroka in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Melancon in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (20)
  • RBI - S. Castro 2 (60)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Diaz, H. Ramirez, L. Brinson, B. Holaday
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Hechavarria (10)
  • HR - F. Freeman (34)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (88), F. Freeman (103), A. Hechavarria (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 3 (3), A. Hechavarria, T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker)
  • E - J. Berti, I. Diaz (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara7.03102704.151.3822.5
R. Stanek (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)1.23221214.061.26-7.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara7.0
R. Stanek (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka7.05220502.411.0819.5
L. Jackson1.00000203.511.424.0
M. Melancon (W, 5-2)1.01000203.951.4310.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka7.0
L. Jackson1.0
M. Melancon (W, 5-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Alcantara (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 98-62, R. Stanek 35-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-8, R. Stanek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 28, R. Stanek 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 101-69, L. Jackson 13-9, M. Melancon 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 12-4, M. Melancon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, L. Jackson 3, M. Melancon 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Anderson RF41100010.261.340.468.8081.5
N. Walker 1B41200000.264.343.386.7283.0
S. Castro 3B40220011.262.285.380.6654.5
H. Ramirez LF40000013.268.306.394.700-0.5
L. Brinson CF30000022.182.221.241.462-1.0
B. Holaday C30000001.291.371.442.8130.0
S. Alcantara P20000020.119.159.143.302-1.0
a- C. Granderson PH10000010.187.281.370.651-0.5
R. Stanek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Alcantara in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40110111.296.377.539.9162.5
O. Albies 2B40000002.289.344.486.8300.0
F. Freeman 1B41111013.304.395.575.9705.5
J. Donaldson 3B41000020.264.381.526.9070.0
M. Joyce RF30100100.272.372.432.8042.0
A. Hechavarria SS41210001.225.283.400.6835.0
R. Ortega LF40000023.188.278.438.715-1.0
T. Flowers C30100111.224.302.411.7131.5
M. Soroka P20000021.091.149.091.240-1.0
a- A. Duvall PH00000000.247.298.506.8041.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Soroka in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Melancon in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (20)
  • RBI - S. Castro 2 (60)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - I. Diaz, H. Ramirez, L. Brinson, B. Holaday
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Hechavarria (10)
  • HR - F. Freeman (34)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (88), F. Freeman (103), A. Hechavarria (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 3 (3), A. Hechavarria, T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker)
  • E - J. Berti, I. Diaz (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara7.03102704.151.3822.5
R. Stanek (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)1.23221214.061.26-7.0
Total8.2632391---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara7.0
R. Stanek (L, 0-3) (BS, 2)1.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka7.05220502.411.0819.5
L. Jackson1.00000203.511.424.0
M. Melancon (W, 5-2)1.01000203.951.4310.0
Total9.0622090---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka7.0
L. Jackson1.0
M. Melancon (W, 5-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Alcantara (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 98-62, R. Stanek 35-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-8, R. Stanek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 28, R. Stanek 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 101-69, L. Jackson 13-9, M. Melancon 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 12-4, M. Melancon 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, L. Jackson 3, M. Melancon 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Acuna singled to center, Hechavarria scored, Flowers to second23
  • 8TH INNING
    Freeman homered to left center22
  • 7TH INNING
    Castro doubled to left center, Anderson and Walker scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Hechavarria singled to left, Donaldson scored, Joyce to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mark Melancon relieved Luke Jackson
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Walker reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stanek Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria doubled to left
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ortega struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Mark Melancon
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Culberson flied out to deep right, Hechavarria to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna singled to center, Hechavarria scored, Flowers to second
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Sandy Alcantara
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • J. Berti: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
    • I. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryne Stanek pitching
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman homered to left center
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Joyce grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to center
    • N. Walker: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker singled to center, Anderson to second
    • St. Castro: Castro doubled to left center, Anderson and Walker scored
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to center
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holaday grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Foul, Ortega flied out to deep center
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • Adam Duvall hit for Mike Soroka
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duvall hit by pitch
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Holaday grounded out to third
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Alcantara struck out looking
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Berti singled to left center
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Diaz flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to third
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Joyce flied out to left
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ortega struck out looking
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers singled to center
    • M. Soroka: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, Flowers to second
    • O. Albies: Albies safe at first on 2nd baseman Diaz fielding error, Flowers to third, Acuna to second
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • I. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz lined out to right
    • Br. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • N. Walker: Walker grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hechavarria grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holaday grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Alcantara struck out looking
    • J. Berti: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Berti grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Soroka struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Albies flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker grounded out to second
    • St. Castro: Castro singled to left
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to third, Castro out at second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson safe at first on shortstop Berti fielding error
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce singled to right, Donaldson to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria singled to left, Donaldson scored, Joyce to third
    • R. Ortega: Ortega lined into double play first, Hechavarria out at first
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike looking, Berti grounded out to first
    • I. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to left
    • Br. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Acuna grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies fouled out to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)