Donaldson, Acuna Jr. homer in Braves' 5-3 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Josh Donaldson and Dallas Keuchel provide a 1-2 veteran punch on an Atlanta Braves team that's otherwise loaded with young stars.

Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs, Ronald Acuna Jr. had a 455-foot shot and Keuchel pitched seven strong innings to lead the NL East-leading Braves to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

Keuchel (3-2) held San Diego to one run and six hits, struck out five and walked four in his fifth start since signing as a free agent on June 7. He also started the Braves' final game before the All-Star break, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings in a win against Miami.

''It's just the consistency, reliability,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's one of those guys when he toes rubber, you feel like you're going to win the game. Never any panic, he kind of stays in the moment, goes pitch-to-pitch, hitter-to-hitter, and it's pretty good.

''It's awesome for me. For me, it's the first time I've had one of those,'' Snitker said. ''We've had really good starts, really good pitchers, but he's got a track record. Everybody else is developing their track record.''

Keuchel only mistake was allowing a homer to Manny Machado leading off the sixth, his 21st. Luke Jackson allowed a run in the ninth en route to his 15th save.

Keuchel has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts.

''It shows my stamina is there, so that's really the main key,'' Keuchel said. ''Even going up to hit a couple times a game, really takes a lot out of you, even though I struck out twice with some heaters. Just little things in the course of the game that I wasn't used to, I didn't know what to expect, coming over to the National League again, but I feel like I'm there. I'd like to push into the eighth or ninth innings one of these next couple of outings. Obviously I've got to do well enough to get there, but I'd like to finish a game here pretty soon.''

Padres manager Andy Green said Keuchel did a good job of ''avoiding barrels and keeping the ball out of the air. We hit some balls hard throughout the day. I think we scorched some double-play balls today. .. We just didn't come through with that big hit at any point.''

Donaldson hit his 19th and 20th homers. It was his 18th career multihomer game and second this season.

Donaldson and Acuna hit impressive home runs off Dinelson Lamet (0-2), who was pitching at home for the first time since the 2017 season. He missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and returned on July 4, when he pitched well in a loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After Dansby Swanson doubled and Freddie Freeman walked with one out in the first, Donaldson drove a pitch 400 feet to right-center.

Acuna, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2018, led off the fifth with an impressive shot to left-center, his 22nd.

Donaldson connected again off reliever Matt Strahm with two outs in the eighth.

''We've seen him earlier. When he gets hot, he's that kind of guy who can carry you,'' Snitker said.

Donaldson was the AL MVP with Toronto in 2015, the same year Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with Houston.

''It's nice. I feel we played a really good game overall,'' Donaldson said. ''Keuchel set the tone, did a great job. I was fortunate enough to put a couple good swings on some pitches and put them out of the park.''

Lamet allowed four runs and five hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked two.

''I felt good overall despite how the game turned out,'' he said through a translator. ''That's what gives me some sort of hope, some confidence knowing it's two starts back and the more hitters I'm seeing, the more comfortable I'm going to get.

''I'm trying to execute pitches and when I don't execute pitches and they make contact on the ones that I miss on, that's what makes me mad.''

UMPIRE INJURED

Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth left the game after being hit on the left arm by a foul ball by Freddie Freeman in the first inning. After an 11-minute delay, Angel Hernandez moved from first base to behind the plate and the game continued with a three-man crew.

DEBUT

Padres reliever Andres Munoz made his MLB debut with an impressive scoreless sixth in which he was above 100 mph with several pitches, including one clocked at 101.9 mph. He walked Nick Markakis before getting Austin Riley to ground into a double play and then struck out Brian McCann.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.75) is scheduled to start

Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-4, 3.94) is scheduled to make his 18th start.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
ATL55-37
300010010580
SD45-46
000001011391
  • W: D. Keuchel (3-2)L: D. Lamet (0-2)S: L. Jackson (15)
  • HR: ATL - J. Donaldson 2 (20), R. Acuna (22), SD - M. Machado (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF41111031.291.375.511.8864.5
D. Swanson SS31200100.273.334.497.8315.0
F. Freeman 1B31000102.306.393.579.9722.0
J. Donaldson 3B42242011.253.362.513.87513.5
N. Markakis RF30100100.286.359.440.7992.0
A. Riley LF40100013.257.311.555.8660.5
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. McCann C40000011.258.332.436.767-0.5
O. Albies 2B40100010.289.349.483.8330.5
D. Keuchel P30000021.091.167.091.258-1.0
C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Culberson LF00000000.317.362.571.9340.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Tatis SS40200111.330.397.6181.0152.5
    E. Hosmer 1B50110015.285.334.444.7781.5
    M. Machado 3B52311001.271.342.500.8429.0
    H. Renfroe LF30000101.249.307.606.9131.0
    F. Reyes RF30200102.257.307.550.8573.0
    F. Mejia C40110004.212.262.333.5952.0
    I. Kinsler 2B30000112.214.274.366.6400.5
    M. Margot CF21000211.240.300.367.6682.5
    D. Lamet P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    a- W. Myers PH10000011.216.313.400.713-0.5
    A. Munoz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Reyes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- A. Allen PH10000000.256.333.326.6590.0
    M. Strahm P0000-000.300.364.400.000-
    L. Perdomo P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
    c- G. Garcia PH10000011.263.347.406.752-0.5
    • a-struck out for Lamet in the 5th
    • b-grounded out for G. Reyes in the 7th
    • c-struck out for Perdomo in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Swanson (20)
    • HR - R. Acuna (22), J. Donaldson 2 (20)
    • RBI - R. Acuna (54), J. Donaldson 4 (49)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, A. Riley 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Machado (21)
    • RBI - E. Hosmer (63), M. Machado (59), F. Mejia (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (28), F. Mejia (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hosmer 5 (5), M. Machado, I. Kinsler 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Albies-Freeman; Albies-Freeman)
    • PB - B. McCann (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Machado-Kinsler-Hosmer; Kinsler-Machado-Hosmer; Kinsler-Machado-Hosmer)
    • E - F. Tatis (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Keuchel (W, 3-2)7.06114513.091.3122.5
    C. Sobotka0.22111005.751.48-4.0
    J. Webb (H, 9)0.10000001.391.110.0
    L. Jackson (S, 15)1.01111202.801.298.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Keuchel (W, 3-2)7.0
    C. Sobotka0.2
    J. Webb (H, 9)0.1
    L. Jackson (S, 15)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Lamet (L, 0-2)5.05442726.301.202.5
    A. Munoz1.00001100.001.002.5
    G. Reyes1.00000109.981.503.5
    M. Strahm1.02110015.471.310.0
    L. Perdomo1.01000003.211.102.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Lamet (L, 0-2)5.0
    A. Munoz1.0
    G. Reyes1.0
    M. Strahm1.0
    L. Perdomo1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Sobotka (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 100-61, C. Sobotka 20-12, J. Webb 5-3, L. Jackson 21-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-3, C. Sobotka 1-0, J. Webb 1-0, L. Jackson 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 29, C. Sobotka 4, J. Webb, L. Jackson 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Lamet
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 82-50, A. Munoz 12-7, G. Reyes 12-10, M. Strahm 10-8, L. Perdomo 7-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 4-4, A. Munoz 1-0, G. Reyes 1-1, M. Strahm 2-0, L. Perdomo 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 22, A. Munoz 3, G. Reyes 3, M. Strahm 4, L. Perdomo 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    ATL55-37
    300010010580
    SD45-46
    000001011391
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Acuna CF41111031.291.375.511.8864.5
    D. Swanson SS31200100.273.334.497.8315.0
    F. Freeman 1B31000102.306.393.579.9722.0
    J. Donaldson 3B42242011.253.362.513.87513.5
    N. Markakis RF30100100.286.359.440.7992.0
    A. Riley LF40100013.257.311.555.8660.5
    L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. McCann C40000011.258.332.436.767-0.5
    O. Albies 2B40100010.289.349.483.8330.5
    D. Keuchel P30000021.091.167.091.258-1.0
    C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Culberson LF00000000.317.362.571.9340.0
    Total325853399-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Tatis SS40200111.330.397.6181.0152.5
      E. Hosmer 1B50110015.285.334.444.7781.5
      M. Machado 3B52311001.271.342.500.8429.0
      H. Renfroe LF30000101.249.307.606.9131.0
      F. Reyes RF30200102.257.307.550.8573.0
      F. Mejia C40110004.212.262.333.5952.0
      I. Kinsler 2B30000112.214.274.366.6400.5
      M. Margot CF21000211.240.300.367.6682.5
      D. Lamet P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
      a- W. Myers PH10000011.216.313.400.713-0.5
      A. Munoz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      G. Reyes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- A. Allen PH10000000.256.333.326.6590.0
      M. Strahm P0000-000.300.364.400.000-
      L. Perdomo P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
      c- G. Garcia PH10000011.263.347.406.752-0.5
      Total3339316720-----
      • a-struck out for Lamet in the 5th
      • b-grounded out for G. Reyes in the 7th
      • c-struck out for Perdomo in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Swanson (20)
      • HR - R. Acuna (22), J. Donaldson 2 (20)
      • RBI - R. Acuna (54), J. Donaldson 4 (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Donaldson (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, A. Riley 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Machado (21)
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (63), M. Machado (59), F. Mejia (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer (28), F. Mejia (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hosmer 5 (5), M. Machado, I. Kinsler 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Albies-Freeman; Albies-Freeman)
      • PB - B. McCann (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Machado-Kinsler-Hosmer; Kinsler-Machado-Hosmer; Kinsler-Machado-Hosmer)
      • E - F. Tatis (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (W, 3-2)7.06114513.091.3122.5
      C. Sobotka0.22111005.751.48-4.0
      J. Webb (H, 9)0.10000001.391.110.0
      L. Jackson (S, 15)1.01111202.801.298.0
      Total9.0933671---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (W, 3-2)7.0
      C. Sobotka0.2
      J. Webb (H, 9)0.1
      L. Jackson (S, 15)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Lamet (L, 0-2)5.05442726.301.202.5
      A. Munoz1.00001100.001.002.5
      G. Reyes1.00000109.981.503.5
      M. Strahm1.02110015.471.310.0
      L. Perdomo1.01000003.211.102.0
      Total9.0855393---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Lamet (L, 0-2)5.0
      A. Munoz1.0
      G. Reyes1.0
      M. Strahm1.0
      L. Perdomo1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Sobotka (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 100-61, C. Sobotka 20-12, J. Webb 5-3, L. Jackson 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-3, C. Sobotka 1-0, J. Webb 1-0, L. Jackson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 29, C. Sobotka 4, J. Webb, L. Jackson 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Lamet
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 82-50, A. Munoz 12-7, G. Reyes 12-10, M. Strahm 10-8, L. Perdomo 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 4-4, A. Munoz 1-0, G. Reyes 1-1, M. Strahm 2-0, L. Perdomo 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 22, A. Munoz 3, G. Reyes 3, M. Strahm 4, L. Perdomo 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Hosmer singled to center, Margot scored53
      • 8TH INNING
        Mejia singled to right center, Machado scored52
        Donaldson homered to right center51
      • 6TH INNING
        Machado homered to left41
      • 5TH INNING
        Acuna homered to left center40
      • 1ST INNING
        Donaldson homered to right center, Swanson and Freeman scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Luis Perdomo relieved Matt Strahm
        • A. Riley: Foul, Riley singled to left
        • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded into double play second to third to first, Riley out at second
        • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Luke Jackson pitching
        • Charlie Culberson in left field
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Margot walked
        • Greg Garcia hit for Luis Perdomo
        • G. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • F. Tatis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Margot to second, Strike looking, Foul, Hosmer singled to center, Margot scored
        • M. Machado: Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Strahm pitching
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Swanson singled to right
        • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded into double play second to third to first, Swanson out at second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson homered to right center
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chad Sobotka relieved Dallas Keuchel
        • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Machado singled to right
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Machado to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Renfroe walked
        • F. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded into double play second to first, Machado to third, Renfroe out at second
        • F. Mejia: Mejia singled to right center, Machado scored
        • Jacob Webb relieved Chad Sobotka
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Gerardo Reyes relieved Andres Munoz
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Albies flied out to left
        • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Keuchel grounded out to first
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Margot lined out to center
        • Austin Allen hit for Gerardo Reyes
        • A. Allen: Allen grounded out to first
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Tatis singled to right center
        • E. Hosmer: Strike (foul tip), Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Andres Munoz pitching
        • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
        • A. Riley: Foul, Riley grounded into double play third to second to first, Markakis out at second
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Machado homered to left
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
        • F. Mejia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mejia fouled out to third
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reyes out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna homered to left center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson flied out to right
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Margot walked
        • Wil Myers hit for Dinelson Lamet
        • W. Myers: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
        • F. Tatis: Ball, Tatis reached on an infield single to pitcher, Margot to second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
        • D. Keuchel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Machado singled to left
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Renfroe popped out to shortstop
        • F. Reyes: Reyes singled to left, Machado to second
        • F. Mejia: Mejia grounded into double play second to first, Reyes out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
        • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to right
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis reached on an infield single to shortstop, Swanson to third on shortstop Tatis throwing error
        • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler walked
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Margot struck out looking
        • D. Lamet: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamet struck out swinging, Kinsler to second on passed ball
        • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tatis walked
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • B. McCann: McCann grounded out to second
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies singled to center
        • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Keuchel struck out bunting foul
        • R. Acuna: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Renfroe grounded out to second
        • F. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Reyes singled to center
        • F. Mejia: Ball, Mejia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Reyes out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Lamet Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson doubled to deep left
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson to third, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Ball, Donaldson homered to right center, Swanson and Freeman scored
        • N. Markakis: Markakis flied out to center
        • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Riley flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tatis grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to first
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)