Sims sharp, Braves score on crazy play, beat Mariners 4-0

ATLANTA (AP) Rookie Lucas Sims pitched three-hit ball over six innings and the Atlanta Braves scored on a crazy play that took three rundowns in 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Sims (2-3) won his second straight start after starting his big league career with three losses in a row. Seattle only got two runners as far as second base against the 23-year-old right-hander, a native of suburban Atlanta who won for the first time in front of the home folks.

Nick Markakis put the Braves ahead in the fourth, leading off with his eighth homer of the season against Marco Gonzalez (0-1), yet another replacement starter in Seattle's injury-plagued rotation. Markakis added a run-scoring single in the fifth.

After committing four errors in the series opener, the Mariners botched two more plays defensively.

Third baseman Kyle Seager dropped a throw during a rundown in the fifth, allowing Ozzie Albies to race home. Seattle made five throws on the play, ending when first baseman Yonder Alonso cut across the diamond with the ball chasing one runner, then tossing to catcher Mike Zunino for a tag between second and third.

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  • W: L. Sims (2-3)L: M. Gonzales (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - N. Markakis (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS30000103.308.362.423.7841.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000013.270.366.514.879-0.5
a- T. Motter 1B10000010.200.267.349.616-0.5
R. Cano 2B30100000.274.334.454.7883.0
N. Cruz RF40000012.292.373.563.935-0.5
G. Heredia CF00000000.279.342.387.7290.0
K. Seager 3B40100001.255.323.442.7651.0
M. Haniger RF40100012.252.355.429.7841.5
B. Gamel LF30000101.292.347.413.7591.0
M. Zunino C30200112.224.306.466.7722.5
M. Gonzales P10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
J. Pazos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Valencia PH00000000.267.317.424.7411.0
D. Altavilla P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Martin PH10000002.174.221.287.5080.0
  • a-struck out for Alonso in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Pazos in the 7th
  • c-popped out for Altavilla in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40100000.298.342.402.7441.0
B. Phillips 3B41100000.289.328.429.7574.0
F. Freeman 1B31210111.327.420.6271.0484.5
M. Kemp LF30200101.290.338.471.8083.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Markakis RF41221014.284.365.405.7697.5
T. Flowers C30000121.289.382.463.845-1.0
O. Albies 2B31100101.229.286.443.7293.0
D. Swanson SS30100102.221.298.327.6252.0
L. Sims P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- L. Adams PH10100000.292.346.417.7631.0
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Peterson LF10000001.197.286.292.5780.0
  • a-singled for Sims in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano (26), M. Haniger (14)
  • SH - M. Gonzales
BATTING
  • HR - N. Markakis (8)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (51), N. Markakis 2 (63)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Phillips (10)
  • CS - T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (6)
  • DP - Y. Alonso, R. Cano, J. Segura, T. Motter
  • E - M. Haniger (5), K. Seager (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzales (L, 0-1)4.26223517.401.79-1.5
J. Pazos1.13101103.421.39-0.5
D. Altavilla2.02101005.121.483.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzales (L, 0-1)4.2
J. Pazos1.1
D. Altavilla2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Sims (W, 2-3)6.03002404.131.3425.0
J. Ramirez (H, 22)1.01000002.411.012.0
S. Freeman1.10000103.111.323.5
A. Vizcaino0.21001102.151.02-1.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Sims (W, 2-3)6.0
J. Ramirez (H, 22)1.0
S. Freeman1.1
A. Vizcaino0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 99-59, J. Pazos 22-15, D. Altavilla 27-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 8-0, D. Altavilla 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 22, J. Pazos 6, D. Altavilla 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Ramirez (4), S. Freeman (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Sims 95-59, J. Ramirez 21-13, S. Freeman 11-7, A. Vizcaino 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Sims 6-8, J. Ramirez 1-2, S. Freeman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Sims 23, J. Ramirez 5, S. Freeman 4, A. Vizcaino 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS30000103.308.362.423.7841.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000013.270.366.514.879-0.5
a- T. Motter 1B10000010.200.267.349.616-0.5
R. Cano 2B30100000.274.334.454.7883.0
N. Cruz RF40000012.292.373.563.935-0.5
G. Heredia CF00000000.279.342.387.7290.0
K. Seager 3B40100001.255.323.442.7651.0
M. Haniger RF40100012.252.355.429.7841.5
B. Gamel LF30000101.292.347.413.7591.0
M. Zunino C30200112.224.306.466.7722.5
M. Gonzales P10000011.500.500.5001.000-0.5
J. Pazos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Valencia PH00000000.267.317.424.7411.0
D. Altavilla P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Martin PH10000002.174.221.287.5080.0
Total3005003617-----
  • a-struck out for Alonso in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Pazos in the 7th
  • c-popped out for Altavilla in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40100000.298.342.402.7441.0
B. Phillips 3B41100000.289.328.429.7574.0
F. Freeman 1B31210111.327.420.6271.0484.5
M. Kemp LF30200101.290.338.471.8083.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Markakis RF41221014.284.365.405.7697.5
T. Flowers C30000121.289.382.463.845-1.0
O. Albies 2B31100101.229.286.443.7293.0
D. Swanson SS30100102.221.298.327.6252.0
L. Sims P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- L. Adams PH10100000.292.346.417.7631.0
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Peterson LF10000001.197.286.292.5780.0
Total31411315613-----
  • a-singled for Sims in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano (26), M. Haniger (14)
  • SH - M. Gonzales
BATTING
  • HR - N. Markakis (8)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (51), N. Markakis 2 (63)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Phillips (10)
  • CS - T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (6)
  • DP - Y. Alonso, R. Cano, J. Segura, T. Motter
  • E - M. Haniger (5), K. Seager (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Swanson, O. Albies, F. Freeman
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzales (L, 0-1)4.26223517.401.79-1.5
J. Pazos1.13101103.421.39-0.5
D. Altavilla2.02101005.121.483.0
Total8.01142561---
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzales (L, 0-1)4.2
J. Pazos1.1
D. Altavilla2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Sims (W, 2-3)6.03002404.131.3425.0
J. Ramirez (H, 22)1.01000002.411.012.0
S. Freeman1.10000103.111.323.5
A. Vizcaino0.21001102.151.02-1.5
Total9.0500360---
PITCHERSIP
L. Sims (W, 2-3)6.0
J. Ramirez (H, 22)1.0
S. Freeman1.1
A. Vizcaino0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 99-59, J. Pazos 22-15, D. Altavilla 27-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 8-0, D. Altavilla 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 22, J. Pazos 6, D. Altavilla 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Ramirez (4), S. Freeman (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Sims 95-59, J. Ramirez 21-13, S. Freeman 11-7, A. Vizcaino 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Sims 6-8, J. Ramirez 1-2, S. Freeman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Sims 23, J. Ramirez 5, S. Freeman 4, A. Vizcaino 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Freeman singled to center, Phillips scored04
  • 6TH INNING
    Inciarte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Albies scored, Adams out at third on 3rd baseman Seager fielding error03
  • 5TH INNING
    Markakis singled to left center, Freeman scored, Kemp out at third02
  • 4TH INNING
    Markakis homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Freeman Pitching:
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager flied out to center
    • Arodys Vizcaino relieved Sam Freeman
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep right center
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel walked
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • Leonys Martin hit for Dan Altavilla
    • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Martin popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jace Peterson in left
    • Sam Freeman pitching
    • Taylor Motter hit for Yonder Alonso
    • T. Motter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano hit by pitch
    • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cano out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Guillermo Heredia in center
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies singled to center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to third, Albies out at second
    • J. Peterson: Ball, Peterson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Swanson out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jose Ramirez pitching
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Haniger flied out to center
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gamel flied out to left
    • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Danny Valencia hit for James Pazos
    • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valencia hit by pitch, Zunino to second
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Altavilla pitching
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Phillips safe at first on right fielder Haniger fielding error, Phillips to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to center, Phillips scored
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Freeman to third, Kemp out at second
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Flowers lined out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cano grounded out to second
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Pazos Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to right
    • Lane Adams hit for Lucas Sims
    • L. Adams: Foul, Strike swinging, Adams singled to left, Albies to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Albies scored, Adams out at third on 3rd baseman Seager fielding error
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gamel flied out to left
    • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino singled to left center
    • M. Gonzales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzales hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Zunino to second
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
    • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzales Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Phillips grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman walked
    • M. Kemp: Kemp singled to right center, Freeman to third
    • James Pazos relieved Marco Gonzales
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to left center, Freeman scored, Kemp out at third
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Cano doubled to left
    • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz lined out to left
    • K. Seager: Foul, Seager popped out to shortstop
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzales Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis homered to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Swanson walked
    • L. Sims: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sims struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zunino walked
    • M. Gonzales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzales struck out bunting foul
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Segura lined out to right
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzales Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to first
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Phillips singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips stole second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep center
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager singled to center
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger popped out to second
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzales Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to shortstop, Flowers to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers caught stealing, catcher to third, Swanson singled to center
    • L. Sims: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sims struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzales Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to third
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Ball, Phillips grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman singled to left
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp singled to center, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)