Machado hits first Dodgers homer in 8-2 rout of Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Manny Machado took care of that first homer with his new team.

Rich Hill handled the rest.

Machado homered for the first time since being acquired by Los Angeles, Hill blanked Atlanta over seven dominant innings and the Dodgers routed the Braves 8-2 on Thursday night.

Machado, picked up last week from Baltimore to add even more punch to a team that leads the National League in homers, went deep in his seventh game with the Dodgers. He lined a fastball into the left-field seats leading off the sixth against Anibal Sanchez, Machado's 25th homer of the season overall.

''It feels great, man,'' Machado said. ''We came out with a W, which makes the home run that much better.''

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made sure to track down the ball for his newest star.

''This is a new chapter in his life,'' Roberts said. ''I don't know if he cares about it or not, but I thought it was important to get him that souvenir. We expect him to hit a lot more of those.''

Hill (4-4) limited the Braves to three hits and a walk while striking out seven, and he even picked up his first RBI of the season .

''They didn't have many good swings off him,'' Roberts said.

Hill was sidelined last month with recurring blisters, but he put the time to good use. A slight change in his delivery resulted in more sideways movement on his breaking ball, which he combined with a fastball that remained in the low 90s all night to totally stifle the Braves.

''We had a good mix going,'' Hill said. ''Overall, just making sure I stayed aggressive with every pitch that came out of my hand.''

Atlanta managed only one scoring threat against the 38-year-old left-hander, which wasn't even of Hill's doing. With two outs in the sixth, Freddie Freeman reached when Machado's wild throw from third got knocked out of Cody Bellinger's glove as the first baseman tried to swipe Freeman with a tag. Nick Markakis walked on four pitches - the lone time Atlanta got a runner as far as second base against Hill - but Kurt Suzuki hit an inning-ending flyout.

While Sanchez (5-3) turned in another solid outing for the Braves, defensive blunders and a lack of offense ruined his night.

Shortstop Charlie Culberson's throwing error in the fifth led to an unearned run. Another errant throw by second baseman Ozzie Albies in the seventh set up Hill's run-scoring single, which finished off the Braves starter.

Sanchez went 6 1/3 innings and wound up being charged with four earned runs when the Dodgers blew open the game against Sam Freeman. Joc Pederson doubled into the right-field corner, and Yasmani Grandal's two-out, two-run single stretched the lead to 6-0.

Culberson, getting a rare start at shortstop while Dansby Swanson took the night off, was charged with another throwing error in the eighth as the Dodgers tacked on two more runs. The Braves entered with just 48 errors in 98 games, fourth fewest in the NL.

The way Hill was pitching, the Braves had no room for error.

''He has a good curveball. His fastball kind of jumps on you a little bit,'' said Culberson, a former teammate of Hill's. ''You've got to tip your cap to Rich. He threw the ball well and missed our bats.''

Ronald Acuna Jr. provided Atlanta's only burst of offense with a two-run homer off Daniel Hudson in the eighth.

FAMILIAR FACE

Shortly after the game, the Braves completed a deal to acquire left-hander Jonny Venters from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 33-year-old Venters came up with the Braves and was a key member of the bullpen until three elbow surgeries stymied his career. He returned this season with the Rays, his first appearance in the big leagues since 2012.

In 22 appearances, Venters went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

The Braves gave up an international signing slot.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Albies was back in the Atlanta lineup after missing four games with a sore right hamstring. The All-Star, one of just two players in the NL with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases, went 0 for 4 and was charged with an error when he made a horrible throw even though he had no chance of getting Alex Verdugo on an infield hit.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-5, 2.64 ERA) takes the mound in the second of four games at SunTrust Park. He is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine career starts against Atlanta.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 2.85) will be looking to get back on track after three straight rough outings. He has surrendered 21 hits, 14 earned runs and four homers in his last 18 1/3 innings.

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  • W: R. Hill (4-4)L: A. Sanchez (5-3)
  • HR: LAD - M. Machado (25), ATL - R. Acuna (9)
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M. Machado 3B41111112.311.385.566.9516.5
M. Muncy 2B-1B50000025.267.398.592.990-1.0
Y. Grandal C40220100.261.361.491.8525.0
M. Kemp RF31000104.313.358.531.8892.0
E. Hernandez 2B10100000.221.302.452.7541.0
C. Bellinger 1B-CF42100112.243.325.468.7933.5
C. Taylor SS51210011.257.330.458.7883.5
A. Verdugo CF-RF41210003.283.353.391.7444.0
R. Hill P21110001.095.095.095.1903.0
a- C. Utley PH00000000.236.315.333.6481.0
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Baez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Hill in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF-CF41121020.270.332.487.8196.0
O. Albies 2B40000030.280.317.515.831-1.5
F. Freeman 1B40200000.319.404.538.9422.0
N. Markakis RF30000102.316.383.476.8591.0
K. Suzuki C40100004.264.333.433.7661.0
C. Culberson SS40000021.282.332.457.789-1.0
J. Camargo 3B40100011.261.355.438.7930.5
E. Inciarte CF30000001.247.315.343.6580.0
E. Phillips P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10100000.256.307.444.7522.0
A. Sanchez P20000021.000.048.000.048-1.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Moylan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Reed LF21100001.333.333.333.6672.0
  • a-doubled for Phillips in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pederson (21)
  • HR - M. Machado (25)
  • SH - R. Hill
  • RBI - J. Pederson (39), M. Machado (67), Y. Grandal 2 (52), C. Taylor (49), A. Verdugo (2), R. Hill
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Grandal 2 (20)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Tucker (10)
  • HR - R. Acuna (9)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (24)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Machado (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Culberson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - O. Albies (7), C. Culberson 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 4-4)7.03001803.821.3031.0
D. Hudson1.03220114.421.40-1.5
P. Baez1.01000103.311.502.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 4-4)7.0
D. Hudson1.0
P. Baez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 5-3)6.17542413.001.092.0
S. Freeman0.12111105.031.45-3.5
P. Moylan0.10000004.611.760.0
L. Jackson0.12221004.241.53-5.0
E. Phillips1.21000108.531.582.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 5-3)6.1
S. Freeman0.1
P. Moylan0.1
L. Jackson0.1
E. Phillips1.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 95-72, D. Hudson 22-15, P. Baez 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 8-6
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 26, D. Hudson 6, P. Baez 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Freeman (2)
  • HBP - L. Jackson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 97-63, S. Freeman 12-7, P. Moylan 4-2, L. Jackson 20-12, E. Phillips 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-7, E. Phillips 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, S. Freeman 4, P. Moylan, L. Jackson 5, E. Phillips 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Pederson LF51210012.272.351.543.8944.5
M. Machado 3B41111112.311.385.566.9516.5
M. Muncy 2B-1B50000025.267.398.592.990-1.0
Y. Grandal C40220100.261.361.491.8525.0
M. Kemp RF31000104.313.358.531.8892.0
E. Hernandez 2B10100000.221.302.452.7541.0
C. Bellinger 1B-CF42100112.243.325.468.7933.5
C. Taylor SS51210011.257.330.458.7883.5
A. Verdugo CF-RF41210003.283.353.391.7444.0
R. Hill P21110001.095.095.095.1903.0
a- C. Utley PH00000000.236.315.333.6481.0
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Baez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Hill in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF-CF41121020.270.332.487.8196.0
O. Albies 2B40000030.280.317.515.831-1.5
F. Freeman 1B40200000.319.404.538.9422.0
N. Markakis RF30000102.316.383.476.8591.0
K. Suzuki C40100004.264.333.433.7661.0
C. Culberson SS40000021.282.332.457.789-1.0
J. Camargo 3B40100011.261.355.438.7930.5
E. Inciarte CF30000001.247.315.343.6580.0
E. Phillips P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10100000.256.307.444.7522.0
A. Sanchez P20000021.000.048.000.048-1.0
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Moylan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Reed LF21100001.333.333.333.6672.0
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  • a-doubled for Phillips in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pederson (21)
  • HR - M. Machado (25)
  • SH - R. Hill
  • RBI - J. Pederson (39), M. Machado (67), Y. Grandal 2 (52), C. Taylor (49), A. Verdugo (2), R. Hill
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Grandal 2 (20)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Tucker (10)
  • HR - R. Acuna (9)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (24)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Machado (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Culberson-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - O. Albies (7), C. Culberson 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 4-4)7.03001803.821.3031.0
D. Hudson1.03220114.421.40-1.5
P. Baez1.01000103.311.502.5
Total9.07221101---
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 4-4)7.0
D. Hudson1.0
P. Baez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 5-3)6.17542413.001.092.0
S. Freeman0.12111105.031.45-3.5
P. Moylan0.10000004.611.760.0
L. Jackson0.12221004.241.53-5.0
E. Phillips1.21000108.531.582.5
Total9.01287461---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 5-3)6.1
S. Freeman0.1
P. Moylan0.1
L. Jackson0.1
E. Phillips1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 95-72, D. Hudson 22-15, P. Baez 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 8-6
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 26, D. Hudson 6, P. Baez 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Freeman (2)
  • HBP - L. Jackson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 97-63, S. Freeman 12-7, P. Moylan 4-2, L. Jackson 20-12, E. Phillips 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-7, E. Phillips 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, S. Freeman 4, P. Moylan, L. Jackson 5, E. Phillips 6
  • 8TH INNING
    Acuna homered to left center, Reed scored82
    Pederson reached on an infield single to second, Bellinger and Taylor scored, Utley to second on shortstop Culberson fielding error80
  • 7TH INNING
    Grandal singled to left, Hill and Pederson scored, Machado to third60
    Hill singled to center, Verdugo scored40
  • 6TH INNING
    Machado homered to left center30
  • 5TH INNING
    Verdugo singled to left, Bellinger scored20
    Taylor grounded out to second, Kemp scored, Bellinger to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • E. Phillips Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grandal grounded out to first
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to center
    • C. Taylor: Taylor grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Baez relieved Daniel Hudson
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo popped out to third
    • Preston Tucker hit for Evan Phillips
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tucker doubled to deep right
    • M. Reed: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reed lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson relieved Peter Moylan
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor singled to right, Bellinger to second
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Verdugo lined out to center
    • Chase Utley hit for Rich Hill
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Utley hit by pitch, Bellinger to third, Taylor to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Pederson reached on an infield single to second, Bellinger and Taylor scored, Utley to second on shortstop Culberson fielding error
    • Evan Phillips pitching
    • Michael Reed in left field
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Machado flied out to right
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Daniel Hudson pitching
    • M. Reed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reed singled to right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna homered to left center, Reed scored
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to left center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis lined out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Verdugo reached on an infield single to second, Verdugo to second on 2nd baseman Albies fielding error
    • R. Hill: Hill singled to center, Verdugo scored
    • Sam Freeman relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Pederson doubled to deep right, Hill to third
    • M. Machado: Machado intentionally walked
    • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal singled to left, Hill and Pederson scored, Machado to third
    • Peter Moylan relieved Sam Freeman
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Enrique Hernandez at second base
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Machado homered to left center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Muncy grounded out to second
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp reached on fielder's choice to second, Grandal out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman safe at first on 3rd baseman Machado fielding error
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kemp to third, Bellinger to second on shortstop Culberson fielding error
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Foul, Taylor grounded out to second, Kemp scored, Bellinger to third
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo singled to left, Bellinger scored
    • R. Hill: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Hill hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Verdugo to second
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Camargo singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte popped out to second
    • A. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Muncy grounded out to first
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis flied out to right
    • K. Suzuki: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Suzuki grounded into fielder's choice to third, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Verdugo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Verdugo flied out to deep right
    • R. Hill: Hill reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Taylor out at second
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Inciarte flied out to right
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grandal out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to right
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki singled to left
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike looking, Culberson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Suzuki out at second
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Machado popped out to second
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Muncy lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)