Albies hits a slam, Braves roll past Marlins 9-2

MIAMI (AP) Three swings. That's all it took for the Atlanta Braves to blow the game wide open.

And from there, it was another road rout for the NL East leaders.

Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta's first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a career-high five hits and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-2 on Thursday night for their eighth consecutive road win.

''It was a good one,'' Freeman said. ''Definitely one I'll remember, first five-hit game. Took me a little bit, but the big one tonight was Ozzie and that grand slam.''

Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out. Albies also had a run-scoring single in the ninth to cap his five-RBI night.

During this 8-0 road streak, the Braves have outscored opponents 50-8 - winning four of those games by at least seven runs. Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) was the latest beneficiary, getting the win after giving up three hits and one unearned run in five innings. Luiz Gohara got a three-inning save.

''You don't want to face this lineup, especially the way we've been swinging right now - one through eight,'' Foltynewicz said. ''You don't want to face this team now. They are putting such good swings on the ball.''

Lewis Brinson homered in the ninth, and Martin Prado had two hits and an RBI for the Marlins. Miami has lost four straight and been outscored 26-6 in its last 26 innings.

''The more success he has, the more confidence he's going to get,'' Marlins bench coach Tim Wallach said of Brinson. ''You see some positive things starting to come more and more.''

Manager Don Mattingly was not with the Marlins, away from the team because of a death in his family. Wallach, Mattingly's longtime bench coach, filled in for the opener of the four-game series.

Mattingly is expected back Friday.

Jose Bautista got his first RBI with the Braves to open the scoring in the second. He also was Miami's saver of sorts in the sixth, going 0 for 2 in an inning where Atlanta sent 12 men to the plate and got seven runs on six hits and three walks - one of which was intentional.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith (2-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five. He was replaced by Drew Steckenrider, who retired Bautista for the second out of the sixth, then loaded the bases with the intentional walk and a conventional one to pinch-hitter Preston Tucker.

Albies unloaded them with one swing for a 5-1 lead with his 11th home run, and two batters - two pitches - later, Freeman added a two-run shot for his sixth of the season.

Freeman came into the night batting .301. He left batting .326.

''That's what the guy is capable of,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''That's just him.''

Steckenrider was charged with six runs and got one out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Gohara made his season debut after coming back from ankle problems that derailed his spring.

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection) was reinstated from the 10-day DL and made his major league debut in the seventh inning. He took the roster spot that was held by RHP Merandy Gonzalez, who was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Hernandez was 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in four Class A and Double-A starts this season.

RIGHT AT HOME

Atlanta is now 36-19 at Marlins Park, the best winning percentage (.655) of any NL team in the stadium. St. Louis (13-7, .650) is No. 2 on the list.

FAB 5 FREDDY

Freeman had nine four-hit games in his career before Thursday. The Braves have had only three other 5-for-5 games since the start of 2014 - all off the bat of Ender Inciarte last season.

J-RICH

Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He threw from the mound and got it across the plate, though a little bit high.

UP NEXT

RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 4.84) goes for Atlanta on Friday against Miami and RHP Dan Straily (0-0, 6.75).

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MIA13-24
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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (3-2)L: C. Smith (2-4)S: L. Gohara (1)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (6), O. Albies (11), MIA - L. Brinson (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna LF51100112.293.349.534.8842.5
F. Freeman 1B51521000.326.424.558.98210.0
N. Markakis RF52200005.340.418.549.9674.0
K. Suzuki C40000122.286.362.505.8670.0
E. Inciarte CF51310001.265.313.338.6519.0
J. Bautista 3B40010004.150.292.200.4921.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Gohara P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Camargo SS32200200.220.360.463.8236.0
M. Foltynewicz P20000013.133.133.200.333-0.5
a- P. Tucker PH01000100.272.310.469.7792.0
R. Flaherty 3B20100001.315.408.438.8461.0
  • a-walked for Foltynewicz in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Realmuto C40100121.306.383.500.8831.0
M. Prado 3B40210001.152.170.174.3443.0
S. Castro 2B40000014.288.335.360.695-0.5
J. Bour 1B20000210.227.356.436.7921.5
B. Anderson RF30000102.261.361.381.7421.0
D. Dietrich LF30000000.232.279.348.6270.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Rivera PH10000012.133.235.133.369-0.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Rojas SS40000000.241.288.380.6670.0
L. Brinson CF42111010.172.229.311.5406.5
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Maybin LF20100000.232.330.323.6541.0
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte 2 (6)
  • HR - O. Albies (11), F. Freeman (6)
  • RBI - O. Albies 5 (29), F. Freeman 2 (28), E. Inciarte (14), J. Bautista
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 5 (15), F. Freeman 2 (6), E. Inciarte (6)
BATTING
  • HR - L. Brinson (5)
  • SH - C. Smith (3)
  • RBI - M. Prado (3), L. Brinson (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (16)
  • CS - F. Freeman
FIELDING
  • E - J. Camargo (2), M. Foltynewicz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 3-2)5.03102403.211.3119.0
S. Freeman1.00000103.311.163.5
L. Gohara (S, 1)3.02112213.001.3312.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 3-2)5.0
S. Freeman1.0
L. Gohara (S, 1)3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 2-4)5.17222503.631.241.5
D. Steckenrider0.14662024.241.06-12.0
N. Wittgren0.11001000.871.35-2.0
E. Hernandez2.02000000.001.004.0
B. Ziegler1.02110106.461.430.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 86-54, S. Freeman 13-9, L. Gohara 44-29
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-7, S. Freeman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 21, S. Freeman 3, L. Gohara 13
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Smith (2), D. Steckenrider
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 101-71, D. Steckenrider 25-14, N. Wittgren 11-5, E. Hernandez 32-21, B. Ziegler 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 4-6, N. Wittgren 1-0, E. Hernandez 2-4, B. Ziegler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 24, D. Steckenrider 7, N. Wittgren 3, E. Hernandez 8, B. Ziegler 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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ATL22-14
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MIA13-24
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B61251012.285.320.589.90810.5
R. Acuna LF51100112.293.349.534.8842.5
F. Freeman 1B51521000.326.424.558.98210.0
N. Markakis RF52200005.340.418.549.9674.0
K. Suzuki C40000122.286.362.505.8670.0
E. Inciarte CF51310001.265.313.338.6519.0
J. Bautista 3B40010004.150.292.200.4921.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Gohara P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Camargo SS32200200.220.360.463.8236.0
M. Foltynewicz P20000013.133.133.200.333-0.5
a- P. Tucker PH01000100.272.310.469.7792.0
R. Flaherty 3B20100001.315.408.438.8461.0
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  • a-walked for Foltynewicz in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Realmuto C40100121.306.383.500.8831.0
M. Prado 3B40210001.152.170.174.3443.0
S. Castro 2B40000014.288.335.360.695-0.5
J. Bour 1B20000210.227.356.436.7921.5
B. Anderson RF30000102.261.361.381.7421.0
D. Dietrich LF30000000.232.279.348.6270.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Rivera PH10000012.133.235.133.369-0.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Rojas SS40000000.241.288.380.6670.0
L. Brinson CF42111010.172.229.311.5406.5
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Maybin LF20100000.232.330.323.6541.0
Total3225214710-----
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte 2 (6)
  • HR - O. Albies (11), F. Freeman (6)
  • RBI - O. Albies 5 (29), F. Freeman 2 (28), E. Inciarte (14), J. Bautista
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 5 (15), F. Freeman 2 (6), E. Inciarte (6)
BATTING
  • HR - L. Brinson (5)
  • SH - C. Smith (3)
  • RBI - M. Prado (3), L. Brinson (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (16)
  • CS - F. Freeman
FIELDING
  • E - J. Camargo (2), M. Foltynewicz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 3-2)5.03102403.211.3119.0
S. Freeman1.00000103.311.163.5
L. Gohara (S, 1)3.02112213.001.3312.0
Total9.0521471---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 3-2)5.0
S. Freeman1.0
L. Gohara (S, 1)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 2-4)5.17222503.631.241.5
D. Steckenrider0.14662024.241.06-12.0
N. Wittgren0.11001000.871.35-2.0
E. Hernandez2.02000000.001.004.0
B. Ziegler1.02110106.461.430.5
Total9.01699562---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 2-4)5.1
D. Steckenrider0.1
N. Wittgren0.1
E. Hernandez2.0
B. Ziegler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 86-54, S. Freeman 13-9, L. Gohara 44-29
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-7, S. Freeman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 21, S. Freeman 3, L. Gohara 13
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Smith (2), D. Steckenrider
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 101-71, D. Steckenrider 25-14, N. Wittgren 11-5, E. Hernandez 32-21, B. Ziegler 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 4-6, N. Wittgren 1-0, E. Hernandez 2-4, B. Ziegler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 24, D. Steckenrider 7, N. Wittgren 3, E. Hernandez 8, B. Ziegler 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Brinson homered to left center92
    Albies singled to right, Camargo scored91
  • 6TH INNING
    Inciarte doubled to deep right center, Markakis scored, Suzuki to third81
    Freeman homered to right center, Acuna scored71
    Albies homered to right, Inciarte, Camargo and Tucker scored51
  • 5TH INNING
    Prado singled to right, Brinson scored, Realmuto to third11
  • 2ND INNING
    Bautista grounded out to second, Markakis scored, Inciarte to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • L. Gohara: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gohara struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Camargo singled to left
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty grounded out to pitcher, Camargo to second
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies singled to right, Camargo scored
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Acuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Albies out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas lined out to center
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Brinson homered to left center
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin flied out to shallow right
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Strike looking, Realmuto popped out to first
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis reached on fielder's choice to second, Freeman out at second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki flied out to center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Prado lined out to left
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bour walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked, Bour to second
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • Y. Rivera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Cameron Maybin in left
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo lined out to right
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Flaherty reached on an infield single to second
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Flaherty out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luiz Gohara relieved Sam Freeman
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas lined out to first
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Brinson flied out to center
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maybin singled to center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Inciarte singled to shallow right
    • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt
    • Bautista fouled out to third
    • J. Camargo: Camargo intentionally walked
    • Preston Tucker hit for Mike Foltynewicz
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked, Inciarte to third, Camargo to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Albies homered to right, Inciarte, Camargo and Tucker scored
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman homered to right center, Acuna scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to center
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Drew Steckenrider
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked, Markakis to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Inciarte doubled to deep right center, Markakis scored, Suzuki to third
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sam Freeman pitching
    • Ryan Flaherty at third
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Camargo singled to center
    • M. Foltynewicz: Pickoff attempt, Foltynewicz reached on fielder's choice to third, Camargo out at second
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked, Foltynewicz to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman singled to shallow right, Foltynewicz to third, Acuna to second
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rojas lined out to center
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brinson safe at first on shortstop Camargo fielding error
    • C. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Smith hit sacrifice bunt to first, Brinson to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Prado singled to right, Brinson scored, Realmuto to third
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Inciarte flied out to center
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bautista flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bour popped out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson lined out to left
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to shallow right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman singled to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Prado singled to right
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to left center
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte doubled to right, Markakis to third
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bautista grounded out to second, Markakis scored, Inciarte to third
    • J. Camargo: Camargo intentionally walked
    • M. Foltynewicz: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Albies struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Freeman picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Realmuto singled to shallow center
    • M. Prado: Foul, Strike looking, Prado flied out to right
    • S. Castro: Realmuto to third on Foltynewicz fielding error, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro popped out to first
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bour walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson fouled out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)