Freeman, Acuna go deep as Braves top Marlins 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman's tiebreaking home run moved the Atlanta Braves closer to first place - just in time for a little boost from the front office a day before the trade deadline.

Freeman hit a go-ahead homer in the third inning, Ronald Acuna Jr. also went deep and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Monday night to move a half-game behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

Following the game, the Braves announced they had acquired outfielder Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds for three players who had been with Triple-A Gwinnett: right-handers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker.

''It's nice to be adding players instead of subtracting like we've done the last few years,'' Freeman said.

Before adding Duvall, the Braves acquired veteran relievers Brad Brach and Jonny Venters.

With Brach making his Atlanta debut with a scoreless eighth, four relievers combined for four scoreless innings.

''That was really big because they were under some duress,'' said Braves manager Brian Snitker. ''... Anytime you add that depth to your bullpen, it's going to help.''

Brian Anderson's two-run homer off Julio Teheran (8-7) in the first gave Miami a lead Wei-Yin Chen (3-8) couldn't hold.

The Braves pulled even in the second when Tyler Flowers walked, moved to third on Johan Camargo's double and scored on Ender Inciarte's fly ball. Camargo scored on Teheran's two-out single up the middle.

Freeman's homer, his 18th, in the third gave Atlanta the lead . Flowers walked and scored from first on another double to left by Camargo.

After J.T. Realmuto's run-scoring double in the fifth cut Atlanta's lead to 4-3, Acuna led off the bottom of the inning with his 10th homer , just over the reach of Magneuris Sierra in center field.

A.J. Minter pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Chen's road struggles continued as he allowed five runs in five innings.

Chen has a 10.27 ERA in nine road starts. It's a dramatic contrast to his 2.18 mark in eight home starts. According to figures from Elias Sports Bureau, the 8.09 gap between Chen's home and road ERA was the highest for any pitcher in the majors with five or more home and road starts.

''He just doesn't seem the same on the road,'' said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. ''Again, not sure why.''

Teheran needed 98 pitches to pitch five innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks.

Brach, acquired from Baltimore on Sunday in exchange for international bonus pool allotment, made his Atlanta debut by giving up one hit in a scoreless eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LHP Sam Freeman was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with left shoulder inflammation. The move cleared a spot on the active roster for Brach.

STAYING CLOSE

Anderson said it was another case of the Marlins losing a competitive game.

''We've done a really good job of battling in these games and fighting and keeping them close,'' he said. ''... We're getting to their starters, getting them out of the game and getting deep in the bullpen. We've just got to finish them off.''

ALLARD COMING UP

The Braves will call up left-hander Kolby Allard to start Tuesday night's game against Miami. It will be the major league debut for Allard, 20, a first-round pick in 2015 who was 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.

Snitker said the move will give his other starters an additional day of rest, though Snitker wouldn't commit to a strict six-man rotation. Left-hander Sean Newcomb threw a career-high 134 pitches while coming within one out of a no-hitter in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Snitker said Newcomb likely will need ''an extra day or two'' before his next start.

Newcomb apologized in a team meeting before the game for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager. The tweets resurfaced after Sunday's game.

ON DECK

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 4.07 ERA) will look for his third win over Atlanta this season in Tuesday's night's game. He is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA in eight career starts against Atlanta, including 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA this season.

Braves: Allard has a 2.96 ERA in 64 career minor league starts. He spent the full 2017 season with Double-A Mississippi, where he had a 3.18 ERA.

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  • W: J. Teheran (8-7)L: W. Chen (3-8)S: A. Minter (6)
  • HR: MIA - B. Anderson (9), ATL - F. Freeman (18), R. Acuna (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF32100201.279.347.447.7945.0
B. Anderson RF51121012.284.365.419.7846.5
J. Realmuto C50110012.309.359.529.8872.5
J. Bour 1B20000200.227.350.399.7502.0
S. Castro 2B40200013.289.337.407.7443.5
M. Prado 3B40200001.252.292.321.6122.0
M. Rojas SS40000004.257.310.350.6600.0
M. Sierra CF30000012.158.158.158.316-0.5
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH10000002.224.254.374.6280.0
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Chen P20000010.154.154.192.346-0.5
C. Maybin CF20100010.251.338.343.6811.5
  • a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF41111002.256.321.473.7946.0
O. Albies 2B40000000.279.314.506.8200.0
F. Freeman 1B41111010.313.397.530.9275.5
N. Markakis RF40000000.317.383.483.8660.0
T. Flowers C22100210.234.376.362.7374.5
J. Camargo 3B31210001.258.348.443.7916.0
E. Inciarte CF20010000.246.312.342.6541.0
D. Swanson SS20000111.245.303.396.6990.5
J. Teheran P20110000.192.214.192.4072.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
a- R. Flaherty PH10000000.236.315.319.6340.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Biddle in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (24), C. Maybin (12)
  • HR - B. Anderson (9)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 2 (51), J. Realmuto (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo 2 (14)
  • HR - R. Acuna (10), F. Freeman (18)
  • SF - E. Inciarte (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (25), F. Freeman (67), J. Camargo (45), E. Inciarte (38), J. Teheran (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (19), J. Teheran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Dietrich (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Camargo-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Camargo (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 3-8)5.05553125.861.49-2.5
E. Hernandez2.01000105.661.535.5
J. Guerra1.00000107.451.553.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 3-8)5.0
E. Hernandez2.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 8-7)5.04334414.461.2613.0
S. Carle (H, 12)1.02000002.581.171.0
J. Biddle (H, 4)1.00000002.481.183.0
B. Brach (H, 4)1.01000004.731.752.0
A. Minter (S, 6)1.01000202.981.2010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 8-7)5.0
S. Carle (H, 12)1.0
J. Biddle (H, 4)1.0
B. Brach (H, 4)1.0
A. Minter (S, 6)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Chen (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 84-53, E. Hernandez 22-15, J. Guerra 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 5-8, E. Hernandez 2-3, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Teheran (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 98-63, S. Carle 11-7, J. Biddle 7-7, B. Brach 19-12, A. Minter 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 4-7, S. Carle 2-0, J. Biddle 2-1, B. Brach 4-0, A. Minter 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, S. Carle 4, J. Biddle 3, B. Brach 5, A. Minter 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Dietrich LF32100201.279.347.447.7945.0
B. Anderson RF51121012.284.365.419.7846.5
J. Realmuto C50110012.309.359.529.8872.5
J. Bour 1B20000200.227.350.399.7502.0
S. Castro 2B40200013.289.337.407.7443.5
M. Prado 3B40200001.252.292.321.6122.0
M. Rojas SS40000004.257.310.350.6600.0
M. Sierra CF30000012.158.158.158.316-0.5
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH10000002.224.254.374.6280.0
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Chen P20000010.154.154.192.346-0.5
C. Maybin CF20100010.251.338.343.6811.5
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  • a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF41111002.256.321.473.7946.0
O. Albies 2B40000000.279.314.506.8200.0
F. Freeman 1B41111010.313.397.530.9275.5
N. Markakis RF40000000.317.383.483.8660.0
T. Flowers C22100210.234.376.362.7374.5
J. Camargo 3B31210001.258.348.443.7916.0
E. Inciarte CF20010000.246.312.342.6541.0
D. Swanson SS20000111.245.303.396.6990.5
J. Teheran P20110000.192.214.192.4072.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P0000-000.500.5001.000.000-
a- R. Flaherty PH10000000.236.315.319.6340.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Biddle in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (24), C. Maybin (12)
  • HR - B. Anderson (9)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 2 (51), J. Realmuto (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo 2 (14)
  • HR - R. Acuna (10), F. Freeman (18)
  • SF - E. Inciarte (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (25), F. Freeman (67), J. Camargo (45), E. Inciarte (38), J. Teheran (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (19), J. Teheran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Dietrich (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Camargo-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Camargo (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 3-8)5.05553125.861.49-2.5
E. Hernandez2.01000105.661.535.5
J. Guerra1.00000107.451.553.5
Total8.0655332---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 3-8)5.0
E. Hernandez2.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 8-7)5.04334414.461.2613.0
S. Carle (H, 12)1.02000002.581.171.0
J. Biddle (H, 4)1.00000002.481.183.0
B. Brach (H, 4)1.01000004.731.752.0
A. Minter (S, 6)1.01000202.981.2010.0
Total9.0833461---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 8-7)5.0
S. Carle (H, 12)1.0
J. Biddle (H, 4)1.0
B. Brach (H, 4)1.0
A. Minter (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Chen (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 84-53, E. Hernandez 22-15, J. Guerra 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 5-8, E. Hernandez 2-3, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Teheran (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 98-63, S. Carle 11-7, J. Biddle 7-7, B. Brach 19-12, A. Minter 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 4-7, S. Carle 2-0, J. Biddle 2-1, B. Brach 4-0, A. Minter 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, S. Carle 4, J. Biddle 3, B. Brach 5, A. Minter 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Acuna homered to center35
    Realmuto doubled to deep right center, Dietrich scored34
  • 3RD INNING
    Camargo doubled to deep left, Flowers scored, Camargo out at third24
    Freeman homered to right center23
  • 2ND INNING
    Teheran singled to center, Camargo scored, Swanson to third22
    Inciarte hit sacrifice fly to left, Flowers scored, Camargo to third21
  • 1ST INNING
    Anderson homered to center, Dietrich scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter relieved Brad Brach
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Dietrich singled to right
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Dietrich to second on fielder's indifference, Realmuto grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Bour grounded out to first
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro singled to center
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Prado reached on fielder's choice to third, Castro to second on 3rd baseman Camargo fielding error
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rojas reached on fielder's choice to first, Castro to third, Prado out at second
    • JT Riddle hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Riddle grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin doubled to center
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Shane Carle
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Dietrich flied out to deep center, Maybin to third
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Maybin out at home, Anderson to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Jesse Biddle
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna lined out to right
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Shane Carle relieved Julio Teheran
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado singled to left
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded into double play third to second to first, Prado out at second
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Sierra grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • Cameron Maybin in center field
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Flowers singled to left
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Camargo fouled out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second, Flowers to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • W. Chen: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chen grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Realmuto doubled to deep right center, Dietrich scored
    • J. Bour: Bour intentionally walked
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Acuna homered to center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies lined out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis fouled out to left
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bour walked
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Prado singled to right center, Bour to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Foul, Rojas flied out to center
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Swanson flied out to right
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Teheran grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Dietrich popped out to third
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman homered to right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis popped out to first
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flowers walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Camargo doubled to deep left, Flowers scored, Camargo out at third
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas flied out to right
    • M. Sierra: Foul, Ball, Sierra flied out to center
    • W. Chen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chen struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • J. Camargo: Camargo doubled to left center, Flowers to third
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte hit sacrifice fly to left, Flowers scored, Camargo to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
    • J. Teheran: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Teheran singled to center, Camargo scored, Swanson to third
    • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Anderson homered to center, Dietrich scored
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Realmuto popped out to second
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour grounded out to first
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castro singled to center
    • M. Prado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Castro stole second, Prado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna flied out to right
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies fouled out to catcher
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)