Double duty: Acuna hits 2 leadoff HRs, Braves sweep Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) Perfect games? Unassisted triple plays? They're not even as rare as what Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off Monday night.

His legend growing with each game, the 20-year-old rookie hit leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader to lead the first-place Atlanta Braves to a sweep of the Miami Marlins.

Acuna appeared to be only the fourth player in baseball history to accomplish the feat, and certainly the youngest.

Two others, Rickey Henderson and Harry Hooper, are in the Hall of Fame.

By comparison, there have been 23 perfect games and 15 unassisted triple plays.

''It's pretty special,'' said Braves star Freddie Freeman, who also homered in Game 2. ''He's some kind of hot right now. What he's doing at the plate, you just don't see it very often.''

Acuna hit an opposite-field drive into the Braves' bullpen in the opener, powering Atlanta to a 9-1 victory. Haitian-American Touki Toussaint pitched six strong innings to claim the win in his major league debut.

It was more of the same from Acuna in the nightcap. He sent a towering shot into the seats in left-center, sparking the Braves to a 6-1 win behind another strong outing on the mound from Mike Foltynewicz.

Over the course of about nine hours, Acuna went 5-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs, five runs, two walks and a stolen base.

''I just found out,'' he said through a translator when asked if he knew about his unique double. ''I give thanks to God for the opportunity to make history in my own sense.''

The Elias Sports Bureau said Baltimore's Brady Anderson was the last to hit a pair of leadoff homers in one day against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 21, 1999.

Before that, it was accomplished by Oakland's Henderson against the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1993. Hooper did it more than a century ago, playing for the Boston Red during a pair of games at the Washington Senators on May 20, 1913.

''Freddie and I were just kind of standing there smiling at each other like, `Again?''' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''It's been fun to watch.''

The Braves stretched their lead in the NL East to a full game over idle Philadelphia.

It was a totally forgettable day and night for the hapless Marlins, who struggled in all phases of the game. Poor hitting. Shaky pitching. Shoddy baserunning. Sloppy defense.

Acuna has flourished since moving into the leadoff role for the Braves. He has 17 homers this season - four of them leading off games.

Foltynewicz (10-7) matched his career high for wins and even chipped in with an RBI single - only his third hit of the season. He went eight innings, allowing five hits and the lone Miami run.

Merandy Gonzalez (2-1) took the loss after being called up from Double-A Jacksonville for his first big league start.

Freeman connected on his 19th homer of season. He's piled up big numbers against the Marlins, hitting .434 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 13 meetings.

Looking cool as can be on a sweltering summer afternoon in Atlanta, Toussaint took full advantage of his temporary promotion to serve as the team's 26th player in the opening game. He surrendered just two hits and limited the damage from his only serious jam to a single run.

Toussaint (1-0) was born in Florida but moved to Haiti just a few months later, living there for about eight years. He returned to Florida after his parents split up and gave baseball a try.

He hopes word of his success gets back to Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean nation that has no passion for baseball and has never sent a native-born player to the majors.

''To be able to play on this stage, to be able to represent my country, it's definitely humbling,'' Toussaint said. ''Hopefully kids see that, go ahead and take a shot at it.''

Acuna staked his fellow rookie to a quick lead with the homer off Pablo Lopez (2-3). Acuna added a two-run double in the sixth, highlighting a five-run outburst that turned the game into a blowout.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Toussaint wasn't a big fan of baseball the first time he played.

''I was terrible,'' Toussaint recalled. ''I had 24 at-bats and struck out like 22 times.''

He took up pitching at a relatively late age, getting serious during his sophomore year of high school. He quickly blossomed into a top prospect and was picked in the first round by Arizona in 2014.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Miami 3B Martin Prado is headed back to the DL with yet another injury. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after straining his left quadriceps sometime in the first two innings of Game 1.

It wasn't clear how Prado was hurt, but he's played only 53 games this season because of recurring hamstring issues. Last year, he was limited to a career-low 37 games because of injuries.

''It didn't sound too severe,'' manager Don Mattingly said.

Adding to the Marlins' misery, Prado's replacement was injured in Game 2. Miguel Rojas sustained a left ankle contusion while getting thrown out at third base to end the second inning.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-7, 3.98) gets the nod when the NL East rivals meet again on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 2.83) returns to the mound after going only two innings in his most recent start. Sanchez had to leave last Thursday's game at Washington after being struck on the leg with a liner up the middle.

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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (10-7)L: M. Gonzalez (2-1)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (19), R. Acuna (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Ortega LF40000011.190.227.190.418-0.5
J. Realmuto 1B31200100.294.350.503.8525.0
S. Castro 2B30110111.281.329.396.7253.5
B. Anderson RF40000013.279.359.407.766-0.5
J. Riddle SS30000101.218.255.356.6111.0
M. Rojas 3B10100000.256.306.355.6611.0
Y. Rivera 3B20000020.185.288.227.515-1.0
a- D. Dietrich PH10000011.273.339.437.775-0.5
I. Galloway CF30000011.267.267.333.600-0.5
B. Holaday C30100010.195.246.236.4820.5
M. Gonzalez P20000010.250.250.250.500-0.5
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Bostick PH00000100.000.333.000.3331.0
B. Graves P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Rivera in the 9th
  • b-walked for Guerrero in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF52321011.282.342.552.8949.5
O. Albies 2B41200002.280.315.493.8083.0
F. Freeman 1B41221001.319.398.530.9288.0
N. Markakis RF40100012.325.388.507.8940.5
J. Camargo 3B41210000.265.345.457.8025.0
E. Inciarte CF40100003.249.308.350.6581.0
T. Flowers C40100002.240.368.365.7331.0
D. Swanson SS31000121.237.296.383.6791.0
M. Foltynewicz P30110010.071.071.095.1671.5
a- R. Flaherty PH10000001.227.304.307.6100.0
D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Foltynewicz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (26), S. Castro (24)
  • RBI - S. Castro (43)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro, J. Riddle, D. Dietrich, B. Holaday
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo (20)
  • HR - R. Acuna (17), F. Freeman (19)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (39), F. Freeman 2 (74), J. Camargo (55), M. Foltynewicz (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (12), F. Freeman (18), M. Foltynewicz (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, O. Albies 2 (2), N. Markakis 2 (2), T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Riddle-Realmuto)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Acuna (2)
  • DP - 2 (Camargo-Albies-Freeman; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzalez (L, 2-1)4.28330315.731.77-2.5
D. Rucinski1.13221003.541.08-3.0
T. Guerrero1.01110014.111.501.0
B. Graves1.01000207.531.883.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzalez (L, 2-1)4.2
D. Rucinski1.1
T. Guerrero1.0
B. Graves1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 10-7)8.05113702.861.1828.5
D. Winkler1.00001202.741.073.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 10-7)8.0
D. Winkler1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Rucinski (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzalez 97-58, D. Rucinski 28-18, T. Guerrero 17-12, B. Graves 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzalez 5-5, D. Rucinski 1-3, T. Guerrero 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzalez 21, D. Rucinski 8, T. Guerrero 4, B. Graves 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 113-71, D. Winkler 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 6-8, D. Winkler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 29, D. Winkler 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Ortega LF40000011.190.227.190.418-0.5
J. Realmuto 1B31200100.294.350.503.8525.0
S. Castro 2B30110111.281.329.396.7253.5
B. Anderson RF40000013.279.359.407.766-0.5
J. Riddle SS30000101.218.255.356.6111.0
M. Rojas 3B10100000.256.306.355.6611.0
Y. Rivera 3B20000020.185.288.227.515-1.0
a- D. Dietrich PH10000011.273.339.437.775-0.5
I. Galloway CF30000011.267.267.333.600-0.5
B. Holaday C30100010.195.246.236.4820.5
M. Gonzalez P20000010.250.250.250.500-0.5
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Bostick PH00000100.000.333.000.3331.0
B. Graves P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Rivera in the 9th
  • b-walked for Guerrero in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF52321011.282.342.552.8949.5
O. Albies 2B41200002.280.315.493.8083.0
F. Freeman 1B41221001.319.398.530.9288.0
N. Markakis RF40100012.325.388.507.8940.5
J. Camargo 3B41210000.265.345.457.8025.0
E. Inciarte CF40100003.249.308.350.6581.0
T. Flowers C40100002.240.368.365.7331.0
D. Swanson SS31000121.237.296.383.6791.0
M. Foltynewicz P30110010.071.071.095.1671.5
a- R. Flaherty PH10000001.227.304.307.6100.0
D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Foltynewicz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (26), S. Castro (24)
  • RBI - S. Castro (43)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro, J. Riddle, D. Dietrich, B. Holaday
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo (20)
  • HR - R. Acuna (17), F. Freeman (19)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (39), F. Freeman 2 (74), J. Camargo (55), M. Foltynewicz (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (12), F. Freeman (18), M. Foltynewicz (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, O. Albies 2 (2), N. Markakis 2 (2), T. Flowers
FIELDING
  • DP - (Castro-Riddle-Realmuto)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Acuna (2)
  • DP - 2 (Camargo-Albies-Freeman; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Gonzalez (L, 2-1)4.28330315.731.77-2.5
D. Rucinski1.13221003.541.08-3.0
T. Guerrero1.01110014.111.501.0
B. Graves1.01000207.531.883.0
Total8.01366152---
PITCHERSIP
M. Gonzalez (L, 2-1)4.2
D. Rucinski1.1
T. Guerrero1.0
B. Graves1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 10-7)8.05113702.861.1828.5
D. Winkler1.00001202.741.073.0
Total9.0511490---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 10-7)8.0
D. Winkler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Rucinski (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzalez 97-58, D. Rucinski 28-18, T. Guerrero 17-12, B. Graves 23-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzalez 5-5, D. Rucinski 1-3, T. Guerrero 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Gonzalez 21, D. Rucinski 8, T. Guerrero 4, B. Graves 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 113-71, D. Winkler 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 6-8, D. Winkler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 29, D. Winkler 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Freeman homered to right center16
  • 6TH INNING
    Acuna singled to right center, Swanson scored, Foltynewicz to second15
    Foltynewicz singled to right, Camargo scored, Swanson to third14
    Castro doubled to deep left, Realmuto scored13
  • 5TH INNING
    Freeman singled to right center, Acuna scored, Albies to second03
  • 1ST INNING
    Camargo singled to left, Albies scored, Markakis to second02
    Acuna homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle walked
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Yadiel Rivera
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Christopher Bostick hit for Tayron Guerrero
    • C. Bostick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bostick walked
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ortega grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bostick out at second
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Realmuto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Graves pitching
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers singled to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Mike Foltynewicz
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flaherty lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Galloway flied out to left
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Holaday struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Drew Rucinski
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman homered to right center
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo flied out to right
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Inciarte flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ortega popped out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • S. Castro: Foul, Castro doubled to deep left, Realmuto scored
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to center
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Rucinski Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Camargo doubled to deep right
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Inciarte fouled out to left
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Flowers lined out to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
    • M. Foltynewicz: Foltynewicz singled to right, Camargo scored, Swanson to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Acuna singled to right center, Swanson scored, Foltynewicz to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies lined out to first
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Galloway popped out to third
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Holaday popped out to second
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson lined out to third
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foltynewicz flied out to right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to right
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Albies singled to right, Acuna to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Freeman singled to right center, Acuna scored, Albies to second
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Merandy Gonzalez
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep right
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Riddle popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo popped out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Inciarte singled to left center
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Flowers flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Ortega grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto singled to center
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas singled to right center
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holaday singled to left, Rojas out at third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yadiel Rivera at third base
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ortega struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto doubled to deep left
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded into double play third to second to first, Castro out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies singled to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman grounded out to first, Albies to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis singled to shallow center, Albies to third
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo singled to left, Albies scored, Markakis to second
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Camargo out at second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)