Polanco snaps tie in eighth as Pirates beat Braves 3-2

ATLANTA (AP) Jameson Taillon extended the Atlanta Braves' home struggles, leaving the NL East tight entering the final month of the season.

Gregory Polanco's eighth-inning single drove in Adam Frazier with the tiebreaking run, Taillon allowed only two runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered after blowing a two-run lead to beat the Braves 3-2 on Friday night.

The first-place Braves, who have lost five of their last seven, saw their NL East lead shrink to two games over Philadelphia entering September.

''There are definitely some difficult and intense situations, but I think our mindset is to continue to have fun,'' third baseman Johan Camargo said through a translator.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Camargo and hit home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, for a 2-2 tie before the Pirates reclaimed the lead in the eighth.

The Braves have lost seven of their last eight home games.

Manager Brian Snitker said his young players, including 20-year-old Acuna, 21-year-old Ozzie Albies and 24-year-old Camargo, will gain valuable experience in the final month.

''It's going to be interesting. It's going to be a great experience for them,'' Snitker said. ''You can't simulate that anywhere.''

Taillon (11-9) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.

''Tonight was one of those nights that was really fun,'' Taillon said, adding he had a good chemistry with catchers Elias Diaz and Francisco Cervelli. ''It seemed like everything they were putting down I already had gripped and already had in my mind and I was able to execute.''

Felipe Vazquez pitched out of trouble in the ninth for his 29th save in 33 opportunities. Camargo hit a one-out single up the middle, past a diving Josh Harrison, and advanced to second on Kurt Suzuki's single to right. Camargo was forced out at third on a fielder's choice before Vazquez struck out Dansby Swanson to end the game.

Frazier, pinch-hitting for Taillon, led off the eighth with a walk from Brad Brach (2-4) and moved to second when Albies bobbled Starling Marte's grounder at second base for an error. Frazier scored the unearned run on Polanco's single up the middle.

Corey Dickerson led off the second with a double down the right-field line and scored on a single up the middle by Diaz. Anibal Sanchez ended the second with three straight strikeouts to begin a stretch of retiring 12 consecutive batters.

Sanchez allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Diaz left the game in the seventh with a sore right hamstring. He was limping after running to first on his groundout to shortstop.

Braves: RHP Peter Moylan aggravated his right forearm strain, ending his rehab assignment and hopes of returning this season. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... RHP Arodys Vizcaino (right shoulder inflammation) threw live batting practice and is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (knee) allowed two runs on four hits in two innings in his rehab outing with Gwinnett.

CONSISTENT TAILLON

Taillon became one of only three pitches in the majors with at least 17 consecutive starts allowing no more than three earned runs.

BIG MONTH

Acuna capped a productive August. The rookie led the NL with 39 hits and 25 runs and tied for the league lead with 11 homers, giving him 22. The Braves said Acuna is the first NL rookie over the last 110 seasons with at least 39 hits and 11 homers in a month.

GREAT CATCH

Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte made a leaping catch of a drive hit by David Freese to end the first inning. Watching the catch from the mound, Sanchez pumped his right fist in approval.

REINFORCEMENTS

Snitker said catcher Rene Rivera, obtained off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday, will be among four or five players promoted to the Atlanta roster on Saturday. Snitker said more players may join Atlanta after Gwinnett's season ends on Monday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.72) has a 6.45 ERA in five starts with Pittsburgh since being acquired from Tampa Bay on July 31. He allowed one run in four innings in a 1-0 loss to the Braves on Aug. 20.

Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 3.89) will face the Pirates for the second time since his trade to the Braves. Gausman threw eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, in a 6-1 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 21.

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  • W: J. Taillon (11-9)L: B. Brach (2-4)S: F. Vazquez (29)
  • HR: ATL - J. Camargo (15), R. Acuna (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF41200001.279.325.457.7824.0
J. Bell 1B30000113.261.350.400.7490.5
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D. Freese 3B4011-003.282.336.444.000-
C. Dickerson LF41100014.296.325.461.7862.5
E. Diaz C30110000.286.337.453.7902.0
F. Cervelli C10000000.262.389.444.8330.0
J. Harrison 2B40100021.255.299.361.6600.0
K. Newman SS40000012.125.222.167.389-1.5
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a- A. Frazier PH01000100.281.355.455.8102.0
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F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Taillon in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF41111010.290.356.565.9205.5
E. Inciarte CF40200010.259.318.373.6911.5
F. Freeman 1B40000032.309.392.508.899-1.5
N. Markakis RF40000001.305.368.468.8360.0
J. Camargo 3B31211011.278.357.463.8207.5
K. Suzuki C40200001.265.327.426.7542.0
A. Duvall PR00000000.195.275.369.6440.0
O. Albies 2B40000024.273.311.465.776-1.0
D. Swanson SS30000113.243.301.405.7060.5
A. Sanchez P20000011.000.030.000.030-0.5
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B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P00000000.500.5001.0001.5000.0
  • a-fouled out for Jackson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Dickerson (27)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (75), D. Freese (42), E. Diaz (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, C. Dickerson 2 (2), J. Taillon
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (22)
  • HR - R. Acuna (22), J. Camargo (15)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (48), J. Camargo (64)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, O. Albies, D. Swanson 2 (2), A. Sanchez, L. Duda
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (30), G. Polanco (10)
  • CS - S. Marte (12), K. Newman
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Newman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Freeman)
  • E - O. Albies (10), F. Freeman (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 11-9)7.05221723.451.2026.5
K. Kela (H, 4)1.00000202.661.074.0
F. Vazquez (S, 29)1.02000102.531.198.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 11-9)7.0
K. Kela (H, 4)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 29)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez5.15211602.981.0911.0
S. Freeman0.20000004.951.440.0
L. Jackson1.01000003.741.372.0
B. Brach (L, 2-4)0.21101003.781.66-7.0
J. Biddle1.10000202.321.124.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez5.1
S. Freeman0.2
L. Jackson1.0
B. Brach (L, 2-4)0.2
J. Biddle1.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 103-75, K. Kela 12-9, F. Vazquez 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 2-11, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 27, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 92-62, S. Freeman 3-3, L. Jackson 13-8, B. Brach 21-12, J. Biddle 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-6, L. Jackson 2-0, B. Brach 2-1, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, S. Freeman, L. Jackson 3, B. Brach 5, J. Biddle 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF41200001.279.325.457.7824.0
J. Bell 1B30000113.261.350.400.7490.5
G. Polanco RF40110023.246.336.485.8213.0
D. Freese 3B4011-003.282.336.444.000-
C. Dickerson LF41100014.296.325.461.7862.5
E. Diaz C30110000.286.337.453.7902.0
F. Cervelli C10000000.262.389.444.8330.0
J. Harrison 2B40100021.255.299.361.6600.0
K. Newman SS40000012.125.222.167.389-1.5
J. Taillon P20000011.064.083.085.168-0.5
a- A. Frazier PH01000100.281.355.455.8102.0
K. Kela P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Taillon in the 8th
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R. Acuna LF41111010.290.356.565.9205.5
E. Inciarte CF40200010.259.318.373.6911.5
F. Freeman 1B40000032.309.392.508.899-1.5
N. Markakis RF40000001.305.368.468.8360.0
J. Camargo 3B31211011.278.357.463.8207.5
K. Suzuki C40200001.265.327.426.7542.0
A. Duvall PR00000000.195.275.369.6440.0
O. Albies 2B40000024.273.311.465.776-1.0
D. Swanson SS30000113.243.301.405.7060.5
A. Sanchez P20000011.000.030.000.030-0.5
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- L. Duda PH10000001.240.308.410.7190.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P00000000.500.5001.0001.5000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Jackson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Dickerson (27)
  • RBI - G. Polanco (75), D. Freese (42), E. Diaz (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, C. Dickerson 2 (2), J. Taillon
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (22)
  • HR - R. Acuna (22), J. Camargo (15)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (48), J. Camargo (64)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, O. Albies, D. Swanson 2 (2), A. Sanchez, L. Duda
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (30), G. Polanco (10)
  • CS - S. Marte (12), K. Newman
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Newman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Freeman)
  • E - O. Albies (10), F. Freeman (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 11-9)7.05221723.451.2026.5
K. Kela (H, 4)1.00000202.661.074.0
F. Vazquez (S, 29)1.02000102.531.198.5
Total9.07221102---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 11-9)7.0
K. Kela (H, 4)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 29)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez5.15211602.981.0911.0
S. Freeman0.20000004.951.440.0
L. Jackson1.01000003.741.372.0
B. Brach (L, 2-4)0.21101003.781.66-7.0
J. Biddle1.10000202.321.124.0
Total9.0731280---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez5.1
S. Freeman0.2
L. Jackson1.0
B. Brach (L, 2-4)0.2
J. Biddle1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 103-75, K. Kela 12-9, F. Vazquez 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 2-11, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 27, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 92-62, S. Freeman 3-3, L. Jackson 13-8, B. Brach 21-12, J. Biddle 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-6, L. Jackson 2-0, B. Brach 2-1, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, S. Freeman, L. Jackson 3, B. Brach 5, J. Biddle 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Polanco singled to center, Frazier scored, Marte to second32
  • 7TH INNING
    Camargo homered to right22
  • 6TH INNING
    Acuna homered to right21
    Freese singled to center, Marte scored, Bell to second20
  • 2ND INNING
    Diaz singled to center, Dickerson scored, Diaz to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Biddle Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • K. Newman: Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Keone Kela
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Markakis flied out to shallow left
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo singled to center
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki singled to right center, Camargo to second
    • Adam Duvall ran for Kurt Suzuki
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies reached on fielder's choice to third, Camargo out at third, Duvall to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • Adam Frazier hit for Jameson Taillon
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Frazier walked
    • S. Marte: Marte reached on fielder's choice to second, Frazier to second on 2nd baseman Albies fielding error
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell lined out to center, Frazier to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco singled to center, Frazier scored, Marte to second
    • D. Freese: Ball, Marte stole third Polanco stole second,, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Freese grounded out to first
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Brad Brach
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Keone Kela pitching
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Acuna flied out to deep center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Sam Freeman
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison singled to center
    • K. Newman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Newman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Harrison out at second
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Newman caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Francisco Cervelli catching
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo homered to right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki singled to left
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Suzuki out at second
    • Lucas Duda hit for Luke Jackson
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda fouled out to third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Marte singled to center
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bell reached on fielder's choice to second, Marte to second on 1st baseman Freeman throwing error
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Polanco flied out to right
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Freese singled to center, Marte scored, Bell to second
    • Sam Freeman relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dickerson lined out to second, Freese out at first
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Acuna homered to right
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison lined out to right
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman lined out to center
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Taillon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Albies flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • A. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese flied out to center
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Dickerson fouled out to third
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Inciarte doubled to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Markakis flied out to center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Swanson lined out to center
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Dickerson doubled to right
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz singled to center, Dickerson scored, Diaz to second
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
    • J. Taillon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis popped out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Camargo hit by pitch
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Marte caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Freese flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna flied out to deep left
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Inciarte singled to left center
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging, Inciarte caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)