Rivera helps Marlins break out with 15 hits, beat Braves 5-4

ATLANTA (AP) Caleb Smith wasn't satisfied with his first start in a month.

Thanks to a productive day by the National League's worst offense, Smith's return was good enough to beat the first-place Braves.

Yadiel Rivera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning and the Miami Marlins beat Atlanta 5-4 on Saturday for only their second win over the Braves this season.

Smith (4-4) returned from missing 26 games with a hip injury to give up four runs, three earned, in six innings. It was his first start since June 6.

''Physically I felt good,'' Smith said. ''Just my command wasn't there with any of my pitches at all. It got better as the game went on. After the third inning, I kind of settled in, but it still wasn't great.''

The Braves had been 9-1 against Miami before the Marlins snapped a five-game losing streak. The Marlins' struggling offense, shut out in a 1-0 loss to Atlanta in the series opener, had 15 hits, including homers by Harold Ramirez and Starlin Castro. The shot by Castro reached the second level of the left-field seats.

''We swing the bats really good,'' Castro said. ''It's not easy to beat those guys.''

Rivera was hitting .125 with one RBI before his line-drive single to left field drove in Garrett Cooper and Castro.

''The one pitch to the eighth-place hitter is the one that hurt,'' said Braves manager Brian Snitker of Rivera's at-bat.

Braves left-hander Max Fried gave up three runs on four hits in the fifth.

''I just left some balls over the plate ... and wasn't able to stop the damage,'' Fried said.

Sergio Romo gave up an infield single to Nick Markakis to open the ninth before recording three straight outs for his 16th save in 17 chances. Romo struck out Tyler Flowers to end the game.

Atlanta couldn't take advantage of a scoring opportunity against Nick Anderson in the eighth. With one out, Ozzie Albies doubled off the center field wall and moved to third on Freddie Freeman's single. Josh Donaldson hit into a double play to end the inning.

Albies had a career-high three doubles.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who will participate in Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby, led off the first inning with his 21st homer. Rookie Austin Riley homered in the second, but the Atlanta offense lost its momentum after a run-scoring single by Markakis in the third gave the Braves a 4-2 lead.

The NL East-leading Braves began the day 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Philadelphia.

Fried (9-4) allowed five runs on 11 hits, including the homers by Ramirez and Castro, in five innings. He was given his first loss since May 28 against Washington. The left-hander had two wins and four no-decisions in June.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Cooper left the game in the sixth with cramping in his right leg. JT Riddle entered the game as a pinch-runner after Cooper's single to left field. ... 3B Brian Anderson (elbow contusion) missed his fourth straight start and popped out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Braves: RHP Anthony Swarzak had no problems after throwing on Friday. He could return by the end of next week. ... As expected, SS Dansby Swanson (sore left quadriceps) was rested for the second straight game. He is expected to start on Sunday.

HIT PARTY

Miami ranks last in the NL in runs and last in the major leagues in homers. The 15 hits were four away from the Marlins' season-high 19 on June 4 at Milwaukee.

HOMER HAPPY

The Braves set a franchise record for most home runs before the All-Star break with 142. The 2003 Braves hit 140 before the break and finished with 235, another franchise record.

ROSTER MOVE

Smith, who had been on the injured list since June 7 with left hip inflammation, was activated before the game. The Marlins optioned right-hander Jeff Brigham to Triple-A New Orleans.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.02) is 0-1 with a 3.45 ERA in three career starts against the Braves. In his only start at SunTrust Park, he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on Aug. 14, 2018.

Braves: LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-2, 4.08) will make his fourth start since signing with Atlanta.

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  • W: C. Smith (4-4)L: M. Fried (9-4)S: S. Romo (16)
  • HR: MIA - S. Castro (6), H. Ramirez (3), ATL - A. Riley (16), R. Acuna (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas SS50200000.293.351.373.7253.0
C. Puello CF-RF50100013.289.407.461.8670.5
G. Cooper 1B31200100.308.377.462.8394.0
J. Riddle PR-CF10100000.197.240.393.6341.0
S. Castro 2B52311013.242.270.334.6048.5
N. Walker 3B-1B50000026.269.348.407.755-1.0
J. Alfaro C51310010.274.318.439.7575.5
H. Ramirez LF51111025.291.325.390.7155.0
Y. Rivera RF-3B40120021.147.237.176.4132.0
C. Smith P30100021.095.095.095.1900.0
a- B. Anderson PH10000001.251.334.421.7550.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Smith in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF41111000.291.371.506.8776.0
O. Albies 2B42300010.287.346.484.8317.5
F. Freeman 1B40110011.309.393.586.9791.5
J. Donaldson 3B30000112.247.359.480.8400.5
N. Markakis RF40210000.280.354.437.7914.0
A. Riley LF41111021.262.318.574.8925.0
J. Camargo SS40100011.237.270.368.6390.5
T. Flowers C40000032.244.328.436.764-1.5
M. Fried P20000000.161.235.226.4610.0
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Sobotka P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Tomlin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (21), J. Alfaro (8)
  • HR - S. Castro (6), H. Ramirez (3)
  • RBI - S. Castro (34), J. Alfaro (30), H. Ramirez (20), Y. Rivera 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Rivera 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Puello 3 (3), S. Castro, N. Walker 4 (4), H. Ramirez, C. Smith, B. Anderson
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 3 (21), N. Markakis (22)
  • HR - R. Acuna (21), A. Riley (16)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (53), F. Freeman (67), N. Markakis (50), A. Riley (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Flowers, M. Joyce
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Rivera
  • DP - (Rivera-Castro-Walker)
  • E - C. Puello
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Camargo-Freeman)
  • E - M. Fried (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 4-4)6.05431623.501.0122.0
A. Brice (H, 6)1.01000201.931.103.0
N. Anderson (H, 6)1.02000004.101.291.0
S. Romo (S, 16)1.01000104.221.289.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 4-4)6.0
A. Brice (H, 6)1.0
N. Anderson (H, 6)1.0
S. Romo (S, 16)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 9-4)5.011551724.291.41-3.5
J. Tomlin2.03000203.751.004.0
J. Webb1.01000101.411.132.5
C. Sobotka1.00000105.211.373.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 9-4)5.0
J. Tomlin2.0
J. Webb1.0
C. Sobotka1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 95-61, A. Brice 23-16, N. Anderson 12-8, S. Romo 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 6-5, N. Anderson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, A. Brice 4, N. Anderson 4, S. Romo 4
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Sobotka (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 96-66, J. Tomlin 34-26, J. Webb 14-10, C. Sobotka 12-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 5-3, J. Tomlin 1-3, J. Webb 2-0, C. Sobotka 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 27, J. Tomlin 9, J. Webb 4, C. Sobotka 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Puello CF-RF50100013.289.407.461.8670.5
G. Cooper 1B31200100.308.377.462.8394.0
J. Riddle PR-CF10100000.197.240.393.6341.0
S. Castro 2B52311013.242.270.334.6048.5
N. Walker 3B-1B50000026.269.348.407.755-1.0
J. Alfaro C51310010.274.318.439.7575.5
H. Ramirez LF51111025.291.325.390.7155.0
Y. Rivera RF-3B40120021.147.237.176.4132.0
C. Smith P30100021.095.095.095.1900.0
a- B. Anderson PH10000001.251.334.421.7550.0
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  • a-flied out for Smith in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF41111000.291.371.506.8776.0
O. Albies 2B42300010.287.346.484.8317.5
F. Freeman 1B40110011.309.393.586.9791.5
J. Donaldson 3B30000112.247.359.480.8400.5
N. Markakis RF40210000.280.354.437.7914.0
A. Riley LF41111021.262.318.574.8925.0
J. Camargo SS40100011.237.270.368.6390.5
T. Flowers C40000032.244.328.436.764-1.5
M. Fried P20000000.161.235.226.4610.0
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000001.295.402.500.9020.0
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Sobotka P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Tomlin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (21), J. Alfaro (8)
  • HR - S. Castro (6), H. Ramirez (3)
  • RBI - S. Castro (34), J. Alfaro (30), H. Ramirez (20), Y. Rivera 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Rivera 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Puello 3 (3), S. Castro, N. Walker 4 (4), H. Ramirez, C. Smith, B. Anderson
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 3 (21), N. Markakis (22)
  • HR - R. Acuna (21), A. Riley (16)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (53), F. Freeman (67), N. Markakis (50), A. Riley (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Flowers, M. Joyce
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Rivera
  • DP - (Rivera-Castro-Walker)
  • E - C. Puello
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Camargo-Freeman)
  • E - M. Fried (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 4-4)6.05431623.501.0122.0
A. Brice (H, 6)1.01000201.931.103.0
N. Anderson (H, 6)1.02000004.101.291.0
S. Romo (S, 16)1.01000104.221.289.5
Total9.0943192---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 4-4)6.0
A. Brice (H, 6)1.0
N. Anderson (H, 6)1.0
S. Romo (S, 16)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 9-4)5.011551724.291.41-3.5
J. Tomlin2.03000203.751.004.0
J. Webb1.01000101.411.132.5
C. Sobotka1.00000105.211.373.5
Total9.015551112---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 9-4)5.0
J. Tomlin2.0
J. Webb1.0
C. Sobotka1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 95-61, A. Brice 23-16, N. Anderson 12-8, S. Romo 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 6-5, N. Anderson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, A. Brice 4, N. Anderson 4, S. Romo 4
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Sobotka (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 96-66, J. Tomlin 34-26, J. Webb 14-10, C. Sobotka 12-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 5-3, J. Tomlin 1-3, J. Webb 2-0, C. Sobotka 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 27, J. Tomlin 9, J. Webb 4, C. Sobotka 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Rivera singled to left, Castro and Alfaro scored54
    Alfaro doubled to deep right, Cooper scored, Castro to third34
  • 3RD INNING
    Markakis doubled to deep right, Albies scored, Donaldson out at home24
    Castro homered to left23
  • 2ND INNING
    Riley homered to left center13
    Ramirez homered to center12
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman grounded out to third, Albies scored02
    Acuna homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Jacob Webb
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker flied out to deep center
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Alfaro out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sergio Romo relieved Nick Anderson
    • N. Markakis: Markakis reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Riley lined out to center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo flied out to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jacob Webb pitching
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Puello: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Riddle singled to center
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Anderson relieved Austin Brice
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Acuna fouled out to right
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies doubled to deep center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to center, Albies to third
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson grounded into double play third to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Tomlin Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to left
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Brian Anderson hit for Caleb Smith
    • B. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Anderson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Camargo singled to shallow right center
    • T. Flowers: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • Matt Joyce hit for Josh Tomlin
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Joyce flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Josh Tomlin relieved Max Fried
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas flied out to deep right
    • C. Puello: Foul, Puello lined out to center
    • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cooper singled to left
    • JT Riddle ran for Garrett Cooper
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Castro singled to center, Riddle to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Markakis flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cooper singled to right
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Castro singled to left, Cooper to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Alfaro doubled to deep right, Cooper scored, Castro to third
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rivera singled to left, Castro and Alfaro scored
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • M. Fried: Ball, Fried lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep right
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Rivera grounded out to third
    • C. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas singled to left
    • C. Puello: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Puello lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Camargo popped out to shortstop
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Flowers grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to third
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro homered to left
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Alfaro singled to deep right
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies doubled to left center
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis doubled to deep right, Albies scored, Donaldson out at home
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to second
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez homered to center
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • C. Smith: Smith singled to right
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Rojas doubled to deep right center, Smith to third
    • C. Puello: Puello grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Riley homered to left center
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Fried grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas lined out to center
    • C. Puello: Puello reached on an infield single to pitcher, Puello to second on Fried throwing error
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cooper walked
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to center
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies doubled to deep right center, Albies to third on right fielder Puello fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman grounded out to third, Albies scored
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)