Culberson's 'clutch' throw saves Braves' 4-3 win over Miami

ATLANTA (AP) Charlie Culberson has only a lukewarm acceptance of his ''Charlie Clutch'' nickname.

Culberson only made the moniker more difficult to shed with his game-saving throw to the plate in the ninth inning against Miami.

Josh Donaldson capped his strong first-half finish by hitting a two-run homer and Culberson's defensive play helped the Atlanta Braves escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Sunday.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Culberson caught Neil Walker's fly ball in left field and threw out Jorge Alfaro at the plate .

''I got chill bumps,'' Culberson said of hearing the fans' reaction to the plate.

Culberson has hit .323 as a pinch-hitter this season and has hit eight pinch-hit homers since the start of 2018, tied for the most in the majors, to earn the ''clutch'' nickname.

''I like it,'' Culberson said. ''I just hope people don't hold me to it every single day.''

The Braves are 10-2 against the Marlins this season and 24-7 the past two seasons.

Atlanta led 4-0 before Garrett Cooper hit a three-run homer off Chad Sobotka in the eighth.

Miami then loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. Alfaro led off the inning with an infield hit off Braves closer Luke Jackson. Alfaro was called out at first base before the ruling was overturned after a review. Harold Ramirez singled up the middle before Yadiel Rivera popped up a bunt that landed behind Jackson for an infield hit, loading the bases.

Culberson, a late-inning defensive replacement, caught Walker's fly ball while running toward center field. His momentum caused him to fall after making the throw.

After making the tag, Braves catcher Brian McCann pumped his fist and pointed to Culberson.

The out call at the plate was upheld after a review. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he wanted a review because he thought McCann was blocking the plate.

''I don't know where the rule went or maybe I don't understand it because when we looked at the replay McCann is standing on home plate and then he goes directly to taking home plate completely away with nowhere to slide,'' Mattingly said, adding ''... in that scenario Jorge should have cleaned his clock.''

The replay showed McCann had his right foot in front of the plate and his left foot on the middle of the plate as he caught Culberson's throw.

Jackson walked Curtis Granderson, again loading the bases, before ending the game on Miguel Rojas' fly ball to center field. Jackson earned his 14th save.

Donaldson applauded Culberson's catch and throw and McCann's tag.

''He made a great throw,'' Donaldson said. ''Great tag. Great all around. Great execution.''

Freddie Freeman's bloop single off Trevor Richards in the third drove in Ronald Acuna Jr. for a 1-0 lead. Donaldson then hit a high fastball over the right-center field wall for his 200th career homer, his 18th this season.

Donaldson has hit 10 homers since June 11. He helped the Braves hit a franchise-record 143 homers before the All-Star break.

Dallas Keuchel (2-2) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander was lifted after walking pinch-hitter Brian Anderson and giving up a single to Rojas with one out in the eighth. Sobotka struck out Cesar Puello before giving up Cooper's three-run homer.

Richards (3-10) allowed four runs and six hits and five walks, matching his season high, in five innings.

Nick Markakis had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the fifth. Acuna had a career-high three walks.

The start of the game was delayed 26 minutes by rain.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Anderson (elbow contusion) may be cleared for a return to the lineup following the All-Star break after being limited to pinch-hitting in the three-game series. He has missed five straight starts.

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (sore left quadriceps) was 0 for 5 after missing the first two games of the series.

HOMERS FOR ALL

Donaldson is one of five Atlanta players with more than 15 homers. Ozzie Albies finished the first half with 14 homers, one shy of making the Braves the first team in major league history to have six players hit 15 homers before the All-Star break. Freeman (23), Acuna (21), Swanson (17) and Austin Riley (16) have more than 15. Acuna will participate in Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby.

SERIES WIN

The Braves are 10-2 in decisive games of three-game series this season, including five straight wins, and 7-0 in those decisive games at home. The Braves are 8-0-1 in their past nine series.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Mattingly has not announced his rotation for a three-game home series against the New York Mets following the All-Star break, beginning on Friday.

Braves: Keuchel, RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.75) and RHP Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.42) will be Atlanta's starters for their three-game series at San Diego, beginning on Friday.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (2-2)L: T. Richards (3-10)S: L. Jackson (14)
  • HR: MIA - G. Cooper (8), ATL - J. Donaldson (18)
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  • a-popped out for Riddle in the 8th
  • b-walked for Garcia in the 8th
  • c-walked for Romo in the 9th
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  • a-struck out for Sobotka in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Rivera (2)
  • HR - G. Cooper (8)
  • RBI - G. Cooper 3 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper 3 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas 3 (3), G. Cooper, Y. Rivera, J. Riddle 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (21)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (18)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (68), J. Donaldson 2 (45), N. Markakis (51)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 3 (3), J. Donaldson, A. Riley, B. McCann, D. Keuchel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Markakis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Culberson (2)
  • DP - (Culberson-McCann)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 3-10)5.06445514.181.34-2.5
E. Hernandez1.00001204.251.153.0
J. Garcia1.01000203.201.113.0
A. Conley0.11000007.131.61-1.0
S. Romo0.21000104.131.29-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 3-10)5.0
E. Hernandez1.0
J. Garcia1.0
A. Conley0.1
S. Romo0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 2-2)7.15221403.601.2825.0
C. Sobotka (H, 3)0.21110115.491.37-1.5
L. Jackson (S, 14)1.03001002.661.276.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 2-2)7.1
C. Sobotka (H, 3)0.2
L. Jackson (S, 14)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Richards (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 94-57, E. Hernandez 15-9, J. Garcia 16-10, A. Conley 9-7, S. Romo 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-4, J. Garcia 1-0, A. Conley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 25, E. Hernandez 4, J. Garcia 4, A. Conley 2, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 108-71, C. Sobotka 6-6, L. Jackson 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 13-5
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 28, C. Sobotka 3, L. Jackson 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Cooper 1B41131011.306.375.473.8487.5
S. Castro 2B40200000.245.272.336.6082.0
J. Alfaro C40100012.274.317.436.7530.5
H. Ramirez LF40100012.290.323.387.7100.5
Y. Rivera 3B-RF40200001.184.262.237.4993.0
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  • a-popped out for Riddle in the 8th
  • b-walked for Garcia in the 8th
  • c-walked for Romo in the 9th
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R. Acuna CF21100300.292.377.506.8825.0
D. Swanson SS50000027.270.330.493.822-1.0
F. Freeman 1B31110100.309.394.584.9784.0
J. Donaldson 3B42221011.250.361.494.8549.5
N. Markakis RF40310000.286.358.441.7996.0
A. Riley LF40000023.257.312.561.873-1.0
C. Culberson LF00000000.317.362.571.9340.0
B. McCann C30000112.264.339.447.7850.5
O. Albies 2B30200100.290.351.486.8363.0
D. Keuchel P30000034.125.222.125.347-1.5
C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Camargo PH10000011.235.269.366.635-0.5
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Sobotka in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Rivera (2)
  • HR - G. Cooper (8)
  • RBI - G. Cooper 3 (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper 3 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas 3 (3), G. Cooper, Y. Rivera, J. Riddle 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (21)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (18)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (68), J. Donaldson 2 (45), N. Markakis (51)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 3 (3), J. Donaldson, A. Riley, B. McCann, D. Keuchel 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Markakis
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Culberson (2)
  • DP - (Culberson-McCann)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 3-10)5.06445514.181.34-2.5
E. Hernandez1.00001204.251.153.0
J. Garcia1.01000203.201.113.0
A. Conley0.11000007.131.61-1.0
S. Romo0.21000104.131.29-0.5
Total8.09446101---
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 3-10)5.0
E. Hernandez1.0
J. Garcia1.0
A. Conley0.1
S. Romo0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 2-2)7.15221403.601.2825.0
C. Sobotka (H, 3)0.21110115.491.37-1.5
L. Jackson (S, 14)1.03001002.661.276.0
Total9.0933251---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 2-2)7.1
C. Sobotka (H, 3)0.2
L. Jackson (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Richards (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 94-57, E. Hernandez 15-9, J. Garcia 16-10, A. Conley 9-7, S. Romo 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-4, J. Garcia 1-0, A. Conley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 25, E. Hernandez 4, J. Garcia 4, A. Conley 2, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 108-71, C. Sobotka 6-6, L. Jackson 25-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 13-5
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 28, C. Sobotka 3, L. Jackson 6
  • 8TH INNING
    Cooper homered to center, Anderson and Rojas scored34
  • 5TH INNING
    Markakis singled to left, Donaldson scored04
  • 3RD INNING
    Donaldson homered to right center, Freeman scored03
    Freeman singled to shallow left, Acuna scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alfaro reached on an infield single to third
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to center, Alfaro to second
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Rivera reached on bunt single to second, Alfaro to third, Ramirez to second
    • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Walker lined into double play left to catcher, Alfaro out at home
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Sergio Romo
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked, Ramirez to third, Rivera to second
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rojas flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • Neil Walker hit for JT Riddle
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Walker popped out to third
    • Brian Anderson hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rojas singled to right, Anderson to second
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Dallas Keuchel
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puello struck out swinging
    • G. Cooper: Cooper homered to center, Anderson and Rojas scored
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Castro flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Conley pitching
    • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • Johan Camargo hit for Chad Sobotka
    • Sergio Romo relieved Adam Conley
    • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Acuna singled to center, Albies to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Rivera grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Elieser Hernandez
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to center
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Riley struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • C. Puello: Ball, Foul, Puello flied out to center
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to third
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Elieser Hernandez relieved Trevor Richards
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep right
    • D. Keuchel: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to second
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Richards flied out to center
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman flied out to center
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson doubled to right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis singled to left, Donaldson scored
    • A. Riley: Riley popped out to second
    • B. McCann: McCann flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to center
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro grounded out to third, Castro to second
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rivera popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to center, McCann to second
    • D. Keuchel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul tip, Keuchel struck out on foul tip
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, McCann to third, Albies to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Acuna out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • T. Richards: Ball, Strike looking, Richards grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas singled to right
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Puello grounded out to first, Rojas to second
    • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Cooper struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Swanson grounded out to third, Acuna to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to shallow left, Acuna scored
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Donaldson homered to right center, Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to first
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Riley flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro singled to right
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Rivera doubled to left center, Castro to third
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to left
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging, Markakis stole second
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Albies intentionally walked
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Puello: Puello grounded out to third
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Cooper grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Donaldson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)