Swanson fills void after Acuna's exit as Braves top Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves and their manager had plenty of reasons to be unhappy even after completing their first four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins since 2006.

Seeing slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had been on a home-run streak, hit by Jose Urena's first pitch led to two melees on the field and more unrest in the clubhouse.

Dansby Swanson filled the power void left by Acuna's exit, hitting a two-run homer that led the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami on Wednesday night.

Acuna, who had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight games overall, didn't get a chance to extend the streak. Urena plunked him on the left elbow with a fastball.

The Braves said X-rays on the elbow were negative and results of further tests would be announced on Thursday.

Benches and bullpens for both teams emptied onto the field twice after the pitch. No punches were thrown. Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected.

''He's been swinging the ball incredibly well, obviously,'' Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said of Acuna. ''It just makes no sense. It was just completely classless on Jose Urena's part.''

Snitker, Freeman and other Braves players believe Urena intended to hit Acuna. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the umpires also believed Urena tried to hit the Braves rookie, but Mattingly was upset his pitcher was not ejected until Snitker came on the field for the second time.

''If you think he's done it on purpose, then throw him out right away,'' Mattingly said.

Urena said he was only trying to throw the pitch inside.

''I made the bad pitch,'' Urena said. ''I missed my spot inside on the corner the way I wanted to start with him. I tried to get inside to move him.''

Paul Nauert, the third-base umpire and crew chief, said the decision to eject Urena was delayed because ''we wanted to make sure as a crew we were all on the same page. ... When we got together as a crew, it was decided by the crew that yes, he should have been ejected. So that's what we did.''

An angry Snitker was near the front of the line of Braves players charging out of the dugout toward the mound. His emotions started to rise again following the game.

''I'm not sure I've ever felt like that in a baseball uniform,'' Snitker said, adding Acuna ''didn't deserve that. ... I've had three hours to calm down and all of a sudden I'm not real good right now.''

Acuna became the 11th batter to be hit by a pitch from Urena this season, tied for the most in the National League.

Acuna left the game in the second inning. He took his position in left field and then walked off the field. Snitker said Acuna had cramping in his forearm when he left the game.

Because he was forced from the game after being hit by the pitch in his only plate appearance, Acuna will be eligible to continue his three-game streak of leadoff homers in his next game.

Kevin Gausman (7-9) allowed two runs in six innings. A.J. Minter pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Elieser Hernandez, who replaced Urena, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.

The Braves trailed 2-0 before scoring three runs off left-hander Jarlin Garcia (1-2) in the fourth. Charlie Culberson, who doubled, scored from third on Ender Inciarte's grounder to first base. After Tyler Flowers walked, Swanson cleared the center field wall with his 10th homer.

Culberson had three hits, including two doubles. Inciarte, who had a run-scoring single in the sixth, drove in two runs.

Starlin Castro led off Miami's fourth with his 10th homer into the seats in right field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves LHP Max Fried, on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday - ''quicker than we originally thought,'' Snitker said. ... LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) threw a scoreless inning for Gwinnett on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw again on Thursday.

STREAKING

The NL East-leading Braves remained two games ahead of Philadelphia. They have won five straight after completing their first four-game sweep of the Marlins since May 15-18, 2006 at Turner Field.

The last-place Marlins have lost five straight and eight of nine.

BIG LEAGUE DEBUT

Miami left fielder Austin Dean, a 2012 fourth-round draft pick called up from Triple-A New Orleans before the game, was held without a hit in his major league debut.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Miami, off Thursday, opens a weekend series at slumping Washington on Friday night. RHP Dan Straily (4-5. 4.42) has a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Nationals this season.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33) will look to continue his success against the Rockies in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series. Teheran is 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA in nine career starts against Colorado.

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  • W: K. Gausman (7-9)L: J. Garcia (1-2)S: A. Minter (11)
  • HR: MIA - S. Castro (10), ATL - D. Swanson (10)
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J. Realmuto C40000012.293.349.506.855-0.5
B. Anderson 3B40110010.278.357.403.7601.5
S. Castro 2B41111001.281.329.400.7296.0
D. Dietrich 1B40100020.269.334.430.7640.0
A. Dean LF30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Riddle SS20000100.211.250.344.5941.0
M. Sierra CF30000012.179.179.209.388-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Garcia in the 5th
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A. Duvall LF30000011.199.280.381.661-0.5
O. Albies 2B40000002.279.314.490.8040.0
F. Freeman 1B30200001.323.403.537.9393.0
N. Markakis RF40000004.321.383.499.8820.0
C. Culberson 3B42300012.296.340.516.8568.5
E. Inciarte CF41120001.252.311.358.6696.0
T. Flowers C31000122.235.366.359.7251.0
D. Swanson SS31131011.238.295.389.6847.5
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a- R. Flaherty PH10000000.225.302.305.6060.0
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A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Gausman in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro (10)
  • RBI - B. Anderson (54), S. Castro (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Realmuto, E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Culberson 2 (18)
  • HR - D. Swanson (10)
  • SF - D. Swanson (2)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte 2 (49), D. Swanson 3 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 2 (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis 2 (2), C. Culberson 2 (2), D. Swanson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Ortega (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Culberson (4), E. Inciarte (24)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Sierra (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena0.00000004.741.280.0
E. Hernandez3.02000205.081.438.0
J. Garcia (L, 1-2)1.02331014.761.24-8.0
J. Guerra1.00000105.681.583.5
D. Rucinski1.02210103.801.130.5
B. Graves2.02000106.611.784.5
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (W, 7-9)6.04222214.221.3421.0
J. Venters (H, 6)1.00000102.571.143.5
B. Brach (H, 8)1.00000004.111.613.0
A. Minter (S, 11)1.00000202.741.1611.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (W, 7-9)6.0
J. Venters (H, 6)1.0
B. Brach (H, 8)1.0
A. Minter (S, 11)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urena (11), J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 1-0, E. Hernandez 39-26, J. Garcia 18-9, J. Guerra 11-6, D. Rucinski 15-12, B. Graves 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 1-6, J. Garcia 2-1, D. Rucinski 1-1, B. Graves 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena, E. Hernandez 11, J. Garcia 6, J. Guerra 4, D. Rucinski 5, B. Graves 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 98-62, J. Venters 14-7, B. Brach 12-7, A. Minter 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-7, J. Venters 1-1, B. Brach 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 23, J. Venters 3, B. Brach 3, A. Minter 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Realmuto C40000012.293.349.506.855-0.5
B. Anderson 3B40110010.278.357.403.7601.5
S. Castro 2B41111001.281.329.400.7296.0
D. Dietrich 1B40100020.269.334.430.7640.0
A. Dean LF30000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Riddle SS20000100.211.250.344.5941.0
M. Sierra CF30000012.179.179.209.388-0.5
B. Graves P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Urena P0000-000.059.059.088.000-
E. Hernandez P10000002.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Garcia in the 5th
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A. Duvall LF30000011.199.280.381.661-0.5
O. Albies 2B40000002.279.314.490.8040.0
F. Freeman 1B30200001.323.403.537.9393.0
N. Markakis RF40000004.321.383.499.8820.0
C. Culberson 3B42300012.296.340.516.8568.5
E. Inciarte CF41120001.252.311.358.6696.0
T. Flowers C31000122.235.366.359.7251.0
D. Swanson SS31131011.238.295.389.6847.5
K. Gausman P20100000.111.273.111.3841.0
a- R. Flaherty PH10000000.225.302.305.6060.0
J. Venters P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Gausman in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro (10)
  • RBI - B. Anderson (54), S. Castro (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Realmuto, E. Hernandez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Culberson 2 (18)
  • HR - D. Swanson (10)
  • SF - D. Swanson (2)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte 2 (49), D. Swanson 3 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 2 (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis 2 (2), C. Culberson 2 (2), D. Swanson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Ortega (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Culberson (4), E. Inciarte (24)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Sierra (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena0.00000004.741.280.0
E. Hernandez3.02000205.081.438.0
J. Garcia (L, 1-2)1.02331014.761.24-8.0
J. Guerra1.00000105.681.583.5
D. Rucinski1.02210103.801.130.5
B. Graves2.02000106.611.784.5
Total8.0854151---
PITCHERSIP
J. Urena0.0
E. Hernandez3.0
J. Garcia (L, 1-2)1.0
J. Guerra1.0
D. Rucinski1.0
B. Graves2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (W, 7-9)6.04222214.221.3421.0
J. Venters (H, 6)1.00000102.571.143.5
B. Brach (H, 8)1.00000004.111.613.0
A. Minter (S, 11)1.00000202.741.1611.0
Total9.0422251---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (W, 7-9)6.0
J. Venters (H, 6)1.0
B. Brach (H, 8)1.0
A. Minter (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urena (11), J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 1-0, E. Hernandez 39-26, J. Garcia 18-9, J. Guerra 11-6, D. Rucinski 15-12, B. Graves 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 1-6, J. Garcia 2-1, D. Rucinski 1-1, B. Graves 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena, E. Hernandez 11, J. Garcia 6, J. Guerra 4, D. Rucinski 5, B. Graves 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 98-62, J. Venters 14-7, B. Brach 12-7, A. Minter 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-7, J. Venters 1-1, B. Brach 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 23, J. Venters 3, B. Brach 3, A. Minter 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Swanson hit sacrifice fly to center, Inciarte scored25
    Inciarte singled to center, Culberson scored, Inciarte to second on center fielder Sierra fielding error24
  • 4TH INNING
    Swanson homered to center, Flowers scored23
    Inciarte grounded out to first, Culberson scored21
    Castro homered to right20
  • 1ST INNING
    Anderson singled to center, Ortega scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter relieved Brad Brach
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro popped out to first
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach relieved Jonny Venters
    • I. Galloway: Strike swinging, Ball, Galloway popped out to first
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ortega grounded out to first
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Graves Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Culberson singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte lined out to third
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jonny Venters pitching
    • A. Dean: Ball, Dean flied out to right
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Riddle grounded out to second
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sierra struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Graves pitching
    • Isaac Galloway in center field
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall flied out to deep center
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Markakis grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Javy Guerra
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Culberson doubled to deep right
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte singled to center, Culberson scored, Inciarte to second on center fielder Sierra fielding error
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Ball, Inciarte stole third, Foul, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • D. Swanson: Swanson hit sacrifice fly to center, Inciarte scored
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Kevin Gausman
    • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Ball, Sierra flied out to right
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Rojas lined out to left
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ortega singled to deep right
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman hit by pitch
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis popped out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro homered to right
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dean grounded out to third
    • J. Riddle: Riddle lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Elieser Hernandez
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to deep center
    • C. Culberson: Culberson doubled to left center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Culberson stole third, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to first, Culberson scored
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson homered to center, Flowers scored
    • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Gausman grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ortega fouled out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto grounded out to first
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • K. Gausman: Ball, Strike looking, Gausman singled to left
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall flied out to right
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Adam Duvall in left field
    • D. Dietrich: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dietrich singled to right center
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dean flied out to deep center
    • J. Riddle: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Riddle walked, Dietrich to second
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sierra lined out to left
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Flowers flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ortega walked
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ortega stole second, Ball, Realmuto lined out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Anderson singled to center, Ortega scored
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Anderson out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna hit by pitch
    • Elieser Hernandez relieved Jose Urena
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies popped out to second
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Freeman singled to center, Acuna to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis flied out to left
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Culberson struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)