Acuna homers, gets hit again, and Braves top Marlins 5-0

MIAMI (AP) The Marlins hit Ronald Acuna Jr., again.

They couldn't hit Sean Newcomb, again.

Acuna, the dazzling Atlanta rookie, connected on a 432-foot blast for his 21st home run and got hit by another Miami pitch, though tempers stayed in check this time and the Braves went on to beat the Marlins 5-0 on Thursday night.

It was the first meeting between the teams since the Aug. 15 game in which Miami starter Jose Urena earned a six-game suspension by plunking Acuna on his first and only pitch, sparking a melee where dugouts from both sides emptied onto the field twice.

This time, no hysterics broke out.

''In the moment I was a little upset just because obviously I'd been hit before in the previous series and then I got hit tonight,'' Acuna said through a translator. ''But, you know, those are things of the game.''

In the end, it was more of the same for Newcomb and the Braves when they face the Marlins. Newcomb (11-7) allowed two hits and struck out eight in six shutout innings, improving to 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA in four starts against Miami this season. Atlanta improved to 13-3 against the Marlins this year, now winning each of the teams' last seven meetings.

''Just going with what's working against them,'' Newcomb said. ''I've been staying aggressive and it's been good. And it's a divisional team, see them a good amount, so it's one of those teams that you kind of step it up a little bit for.''

Charlie Culberson and Ender Inciarte also homered for Atlanta, which remained three games ahead of second-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

Marlins starter Elieser Hernandez (2-7) lasted three innings, giving up three hits - two of them homers - and three runs. He was relieved by Jarlin Garcia, who departed with one out in the fifth after Atlanta's Nick Markakis lined a comebacker into his lower right leg and the ball ricocheted into foul ground on the third-base side.

''Jarlin got hit pretty good,'' said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who indicated Garcia may miss some time. X-rays were negative.

Acuna got hit in the sixth, with the Braves already up 5-0. Javy Guerra was pitching for Miami, and the first seven pitches he threw were strikes.

The eighth wasn't.

Guerra's 94-mph fastball to Acuna was high and tight, and appeared to hit the Atlanta star around the left wrist. Acuna slammed his helmet to the ground and yelled, but eventually made his way to first without any bench-emptying reprise of what happened in Atlanta last week.

''I'd be angry too,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''It hurts. But he did exactly what he should do, go to first.''

Guerra said he was merely trying to place a pitch, not hit Acuna.

''We move on,'' Guerra said.

The Braves evened things up on the hit-batter front in the bottom of the sixth.

Miami's Brian Anderson got hit by Newcomb with two out. Braves catcher Tyler Flowers set up way inside - his glove behind Anderson, who took the pitch off the left arm. Home plate umpire Chris Conroy warned Newcomb, then both dugouts, and Anderson went quietly to first.

Anderson got hit again in the eighth, this time with a 78-mph curveball from Jesse Biddle around the shin. Again, Anderson went to first without much in the way of extracurricular activity.

Mattingly said he doesn't expect any carryover to the final three games of the series.

''It's over,'' Mattingly said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: C Kurt Suzuki (bruised left triceps) remained out of the lineup. Flowers started again, and played on three consecutive days for the first time since July 1-3.

Marlins: OF Lewis Brinson (right hip) and OF/1B Garrett Cooper (right wrist) are nearing returns from the disabled list, and the Marlins are planning to get them around 100 at-bats in the final month.

BRAVO

The Braves (72-55 this season, 72-90 in 2017) are the third MLB team to already match or exceed its win total from last year, joining Philadelphia and Oakland. San Francisco (63-66) is one win shy of matching its 2017 total and Boston (90-39) is three wins away from its mark of a year ago. Barring a massive collapse, this will be Atlanta's first winning season in five years.

CALLUP PLANS

Marlins staff will discuss Friday who to call up when rosters expand in September - and they will be giving new faces some exploratory looks. ''But you're also playing teams in playoff hunts, and you're kind of obligated to play your best team,'' manager Don Mattingly said.

UP NEXT

RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.72) goes for Atlanta on Friday night against Miami and RHP Dan Straily (4-6, 4.60). Foltynewicz is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA against the Marlins this season and 5-1 in his career when facing the Marlins. Straily is 2-1 against the Braves in 2018.

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  • W: S. Newcomb (11-6)L: E. Hernandez (2-7)
  • HR: ATL - C. Culberson (10), E. Inciarte (8), R. Acuna (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF41111001.286.355.571.9267.0
E. Inciarte CF41211101.252.309.360.6698.0
F. Freeman 1B31000202.317.401.524.9243.0
N. Markakis RF50200002.314.376.483.8593.0
J. Camargo 3B50310020.271.351.447.7984.0
O. Albies 2B41100116.273.308.470.7782.5
C. Culberson SS41221013.291.336.513.8497.5
T. Flowers C40100001.223.356.337.6931.0
S. Newcomb P30000022.050.073.075.148-1.0
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000001.201.282.379.6610.0
J. Biddle P00000000.500.5001.0001.5000.0
  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Ortega RF30100110.302.383.340.7231.5
J. Realmuto C40000022.284.343.490.833-1.0
B. Anderson 3B20000001.277.358.396.7542.0
S. Castro 2B30000112.285.338.403.7400.5
A. Dean LF20100103.286.333.571.9053.0
B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Holaday PH10000010.202.255.248.503-0.5
M. Rojas 1B40100022.256.304.359.6640.0
J. Riddle SS40100011.234.270.403.6730.5
I. Galloway CF40100023.310.394.483.8770.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Straily PH10000010.179.324.214.538-0.5
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
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c- Y. Rivera PH-LF30000023.186.282.233.514-1.0
  • a-struck out for Graves in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 3rd
  • c-struck out for Guerra in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (38), J. Camargo (21)
  • HR - R. Acuna (21), E. Inciarte (8), C. Culberson (10)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (45), E. Inciarte (50), J. Camargo (60), C. Culberson 2 (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, E. Inciarte, N. Markakis, O. Albies 2 (2), C. Culberson 2 (2), S. Newcomb 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Dean (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), A. Dean 3 (3), I. Galloway, Y. Rivera 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Culberson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Riddle-Rojas; Riddle-Rojas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 11-6)6.02003803.571.2927.0
L. Jackson1.01000104.251.422.5
J. Biddle2.02000402.491.166.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 11-6)6.0
L. Jackson1.0
J. Biddle2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 2-7)3.03332225.281.44-3.0
J. Garcia1.14221215.161.31-3.0
D. Rucinski0.21000103.331.07-0.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.091.483.5
B. Graves3.04001005.311.674.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Hernandez (L, 2-7)3.0
J. Garcia1.1
D. Rucinski0.2
J. Guerra1.0
B. Graves3.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Newcomb, J. Biddle (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 111-64, L. Jackson 13-6, J. Biddle 31-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 4-5, L. Jackson 1-1, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 23, L. Jackson 4, J. Biddle 9
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 64-41, J. Garcia 39-19, D. Rucinski 10-7, J. Guerra 10-9, B. Graves 36-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 3-3, J. Garcia 1-1, J. Guerra 2-0, B. Graves 3-5
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 13, J. Garcia 9, D. Rucinski 3, J. Guerra 4, B. Graves 13
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna LF41111001.286.355.571.9267.0
E. Inciarte CF41211101.252.309.360.6698.0
F. Freeman 1B31000202.317.401.524.9243.0
N. Markakis RF50200002.314.376.483.8593.0
J. Camargo 3B50310020.271.351.447.7984.0
O. Albies 2B41100116.273.308.470.7782.5
C. Culberson SS41221013.291.336.513.8497.5
T. Flowers C40100001.223.356.337.6931.0
S. Newcomb P30000022.050.073.075.148-1.0
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000001.201.282.379.6610.0
J. Biddle P00000000.500.5001.0001.5000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Jackson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Ortega RF30100110.302.383.340.7231.5
J. Realmuto C40000022.284.343.490.833-1.0
B. Anderson 3B20000001.277.358.396.7542.0
S. Castro 2B30000112.285.338.403.7400.5
A. Dean LF20100103.286.333.571.9053.0
B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Holaday PH10000010.202.255.248.503-0.5
M. Rojas 1B40100022.256.304.359.6640.0
J. Riddle SS40100011.234.270.403.6730.5
I. Galloway CF40100023.310.394.483.8770.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Straily PH10000010.179.324.214.538-0.5
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- Y. Rivera PH-LF30000023.186.282.233.514-1.0
Total31050031317-----
  • a-struck out for Graves in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Hernandez in the 3rd
  • c-struck out for Guerra in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (38), J. Camargo (21)
  • HR - R. Acuna (21), E. Inciarte (8), C. Culberson (10)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (45), E. Inciarte (50), J. Camargo (60), C. Culberson 2 (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, E. Inciarte, N. Markakis, O. Albies 2 (2), C. Culberson 2 (2), S. Newcomb 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Dean (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), A. Dean 3 (3), I. Galloway, Y. Rivera 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Culberson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Riddle-Rojas; Riddle-Rojas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 11-6)6.02003803.571.2927.0
L. Jackson1.01000104.251.422.5
J. Biddle2.02000402.491.166.0
Total9.05003130---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 11-6)6.0
L. Jackson1.0
J. Biddle2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 2-7)3.03332225.281.44-3.0
J. Garcia1.14221215.161.31-3.0
D. Rucinski0.21000103.331.07-0.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.091.483.5
B. Graves3.04001005.311.674.0
Total9.01255463---
PITCHERSIP
E. Hernandez (L, 2-7)3.0
J. Garcia1.1
D. Rucinski0.2
J. Guerra1.0
B. Graves3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Newcomb, J. Biddle (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 111-64, L. Jackson 13-6, J. Biddle 31-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 4-5, L. Jackson 1-1, J. Biddle 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 23, L. Jackson 4, J. Biddle 9
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 64-41, J. Garcia 39-19, D. Rucinski 10-7, J. Guerra 10-9, B. Graves 36-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 3-3, J. Garcia 1-1, J. Guerra 2-0, B. Graves 3-5
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 13, J. Garcia 9, D. Rucinski 3, J. Guerra 4, B. Graves 13
  • 5TH INNING
    Camargo doubled to right, Freeman scored, Markakis to third50
    Inciarte homered to right center40
  • 3RD INNING
    Acuna homered to left30
  • 2ND INNING
    Culberson homered to left, Albies scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • B. Graves Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep right
    • J. Camargo: Camargo singled to right, Inciarte to third
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Holaday hit for Brett Graves
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas singled to center
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle singled to left, Rojas to second
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Graves Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Culberson singled to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Flowers lined out to center
    • Adam Duvall hit for Luke Jackson
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded out to pitcher, Culberson to second
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Biddle pitching
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Ortega grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson hit by pitch
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brett Graves pitching
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis doubled to shallow right
    • J. Camargo: Camargo singled to right, Markakis to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Albies grounded into double play shortstop to first, Camargo out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson relieved Sean Newcomb
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle fouled out to third
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Ball, Galloway singled to right center
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Rivera grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra relieved Drew Rucinski
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to second
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Newcomb struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna hit by pitch
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Javy Guerra
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Foul, Ortega singled to shallow left
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson hit by pitch, Ortega to second
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro walked, Ortega to third, Anderson to second
    • A. Dean: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Dean grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna lined out to right
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte homered to right center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis reached on an infield single to third, Freeman to second
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Jarlin Garcia
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Camargo doubled to right, Freeman scored, Markakis to third
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dean doubled to deep center
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle lined out to right
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Galloway struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Jarlin Garcia pitching
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies singled to center
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers singled to left, Albies to second
    • S. Newcomb: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Newcomb grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Flowers out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to catcher
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna homered to left
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte singled to right
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman grounded into double play shortstop to first, Inciarte out at second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Galloway lined out to right
    • Dan Straily hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • D. Straily: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Straily struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ortega struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
    • C. Culberson: Culberson homered to left, Albies scored
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Flowers grounded out to catcher
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Newcomb struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dean walked
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dean out at second
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Markakis flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ortega walked
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto popped out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Anderson fouled out to catcher
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)