Braves rally for 4 runs in 8th, beat Pirates 5-3

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman is delighted to have the Atlanta Braves in first place to begin the final month of the regular season.

It sure beats the drudgery of losing at least 90 games in each of the last three years.

''When you go to spring training every year, that's all you can ask for, and here we are playing meaningful games with a three-game lead,'' he said. ''That's what we want to be playing for. It's a lot of fun.''

Freeman hit a tiebreaking, RBI double in the four-run eighth inning, and the NL East-leading Braves rallied to snap a three-game skid and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night.

The Braves had dropped five of six overall and seven of eight at home, but they got the rally going in the eighth when Dansby Swanson's 14th homer cut the lead to 3-2.

''You get a little energy, and it just keeps rolling,'' Swanson said. ''Hopefully that continues going into tomorrow and the next few days.''

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Lane Adams, who advanced to third on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s sacrifice fly. Adams scored when Ender Inciarte reached safely after striking out on a wild pitch.

Inciarte scored on Freeman's double, and Freeman advanced to third on a single and slid safely across the plate to beat a tag attempt on Johan Camargo's sacrifice fly.

All four runs were charged to Keone Kela (3-4), who had allowed just one run in his first 14 games, a stretch of 14 innings, with Pittsburgh.

''This is a tough league up here from time to time, and everybody learns it,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It's hard. That's why that team's hunting over there. They have a good team.''

The Pirates dropped to 55-2 when leading after seven innings. They are 13-21 since ending an 11-game winning streak on July 25.

Jonny Venters (2-0) got the win after facing two batters in the eighth. Braves closer A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the ninth to earn his 12th save in 14 chances.

Pirates starter Chris Archer did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and led 3-0 after Starling Marte's two-run double in the fifth and Gregory Polanco's 22nd homer in the sixth off Braves starter Kevin Gausman.

Archer faced the minimum before walking Acuna to begin the fourth. He retired the next six batters before Swanson doubled to begin the sixth, and Acuna followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-1.

Archer gave up two hits, one run and one walk and struck out five in six innings. He decided a couple of days ago to pitch from the stretch the entire time for the first time in his career. Archer didn't shake off catcher Francisco Cervelli once.

''When I was 10 years old and first pitched in my life, my dad taught me to keep things simple, so I kind of went back to that,'' Archer said. ''And then the past couple of games, I've just felt more comfortable out of stretch.''

Gausman allowed five hits and three runs - one earned - with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Gausman's streak of 19 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings ended when Marte made it 2-0.

Archer had struggled since getting acquired in a July 31 with Tampa Bay, going 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA in five starts and allowing seven hits and six runs and two walks in losing his last start 7-4 at Milwaukee.

RAKING

Acuna hit .336 with 11 homers and 21 RBIs in August and became the first NL rookie in the last 110 seasons with 39 hits and 11 homers in a calendar month. ... Camargo leads the Braves with 50 RBIs since the start of June. ... Marte went 2 for 4 and has hit .400 in his last eight games. ... Of Polanco's 76 RBIs, 74 have come as a right fielder, the most Pittsburgh has gotten at that position since Jose Guillen drove in 83 in 1998. ... Swanson is hitting .314 with 23 RBIs in 156 at-bats this season in the seventh inning or later.

EXPANDED ROSTERS

Pittsburgh recalled C Jacob Stallings, utility man Jose Osuna and RHP Dovydas Neverauskus from Triple-A Indianapolis. RHP Nick Burdi was returned from a rehab assignment and reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Utility man Pablo Reyes had his contract selected from Indianapolis.

Atlanta selected the contracts of RHP Kyle Wright and OF Adams and recalled RHP Touki Toussaint, RHP Bryse Wilson and OF Michael Reed from Triple-A Gwinnett. RHP Shane Carle was returned from a rehab assignment and reinstated from the 10-day DL. C Rene Rivera reported after he was acquired this week from the Los Angeles Angels.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Snitker said RHP Arodys Vizcaino, transferred to the 60-man DL, will make his first rehab appearance Sunday at Gwinnett. Sidelined 52 games this year with right shoulder inflammation, Vizcaino has converted 15 of 17 saves chances and 48 of 60 in his career.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham (3-3, 4.63 ERA) takes Ivan Nova's turn in the rotation. Hurdle said Nova, who was not with the team Friday or Saturday, is absent because of a personal matter. Nova did not have a locker reserved in the clubhouse. Kingham will make his eighth start.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.18 ERA) will make his 27th start. He ranks third-best in the NL with a .203 opponents' batting average but has given up the fourth-most homers and walks.

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  • W: J. Venters (3-1)L: K. Kela (3-4)S: A. Minter (12)
  • HR: PIT - G. Polanco (22), ATL - D. Swanson (14)
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  • a-struck out for Gausman in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Venters in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (24)
  • HR - G. Polanco (22)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (61), G. Polanco (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), F. Cervelli
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (36), D. Swanson (23), L. Duda (13)
  • HR - D. Swanson (14)
  • SF - J. Camargo (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (49), F. Freeman (82), J. Camargo (65), D. Swanson (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis, C. Culberson, T. Flowers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier
  • CS - F. Cervelli (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (25)
FIELDING
  • E - G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Culberson (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer6.02111504.561.4119.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)1.00000302.791.124.5
K. Kela (L, 3-4) (BS, 2)0.13440113.351.12-11.5
K. Crick0.21000102.451.25-0.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)1.0
K. Kela (L, 3-4) (BS, 2)0.1
K. Crick0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman6.05310413.781.2617.0
S. Freeman0.20000104.871.420.5
S. Carle0.20000003.111.240.0
J. Venters (W, 3-1)0.20000002.361.137.0
A. Minter (S, 12)1.00000103.061.2310.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman6.0
S. Freeman0.2
S. Carle0.2
J. Venters (W, 3-1)0.2
A. Minter (S, 12)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Kela (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 86-56, R. Rodriguez 16-13, K. Kela 14-9, K. Crick 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 21, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Kela 5, K. Crick 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Gausman (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 94-61, S. Freeman 5-4, S. Carle 9-7, J. Venters 7-5, A. Minter 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-8, S. Freeman 1-0, S. Carle 2-0, J. Venters 1-1, A. Minter 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, S. Freeman 2, S. Carle 2, J. Venters 2, A. Minter 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Polanco RF41111011.246.335.490.8255.5
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C. Dickerson LF40000020.293.323.457.779-1.0
J. Bell 1B40000000.258.347.396.7430.0
C. Moran 3B31100000.275.334.387.7222.0
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  • a-grounded out for Archer in the 7th
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E. Inciarte CF41000012.257.315.370.6862.5
F. Freeman 1B41110012.308.391.508.8983.5
N. Markakis RF40100011.305.368.466.8340.5
J. Camargo 3B30010020.276.353.459.8130.0
C. Culberson 2B40000011.286.330.498.827-0.5
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Flowers C30000011.227.357.348.706-0.5
D. Swanson SS32211010.246.303.416.7208.5
K. Gausman P10000010.067.176.067.243-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Gausman in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Venters in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (24)
  • HR - G. Polanco (22)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (61), G. Polanco (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), F. Cervelli
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (36), D. Swanson (23), L. Duda (13)
  • HR - D. Swanson (14)
  • SF - J. Camargo (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (49), F. Freeman (82), J. Camargo (65), D. Swanson (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis, C. Culberson, T. Flowers
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier
  • CS - F. Cervelli (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (25)
FIELDING
  • E - G. Polanco (2)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Culberson (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer6.02111504.561.4119.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)1.00000302.791.124.5
K. Kela (L, 3-4) (BS, 2)0.13440113.351.12-11.5
K. Crick0.21000102.451.25-0.5
Total8.06551101---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)1.0
K. Kela (L, 3-4) (BS, 2)0.1
K. Crick0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman6.05310413.781.2617.0
S. Freeman0.20000104.871.420.5
S. Carle0.20000003.111.240.0
J. Venters (W, 3-1)0.20000002.361.137.0
A. Minter (S, 12)1.00000103.061.2310.5
Total9.0531061---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman6.0
S. Freeman0.2
S. Carle0.2
J. Venters (W, 3-1)0.2
A. Minter (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Kela (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 86-56, R. Rodriguez 16-13, K. Kela 14-9, K. Crick 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-5
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 21, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Kela 5, K. Crick 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Gausman (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 94-61, S. Freeman 5-4, S. Carle 9-7, J. Venters 7-5, A. Minter 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 6-8, S. Freeman 1-0, S. Carle 2-0, J. Venters 1-1, A. Minter 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, S. Freeman 2, S. Carle 2, J. Venters 2, A. Minter 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Camargo hit sacrifice fly to right, Freeman scored35
    Freeman doubled to left, Inciarte scored34
    Adams scored on wild pitch33
    Swanson homered to left32
  • 6TH INNING
    Acuna singled to shallow right center, Swanson scored31
    Polanco homered to center30
  • 5TH INNING
    Marte doubled to deep right center, Moran and Newman scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Ozzie Albies at second base
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • Jonny Venters relieved Shane Carle
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier lined out to center
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Keone Kela relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson homered to left
    • Lucas Duda hit for Jonny Venters
    • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda doubled to deep right
    • Lane Adams ran for Lucas Duda
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna flied out to right, Adams to third
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte struck out, reached on wild pitch, Adams scored on wild pitch
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte stole second, Ball, Freeman doubled to left, Inciarte scored
    • Kyle Crick relieved Keone Kela
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Markakis singled to left, Freeman to third
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Camargo hit sacrifice fly to right, Freeman scored
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sam Freeman pitching
    • C. Moran: Moran grounded out to third
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • Josh Harrison hit for Chris Archer
    • Shane Carle relieved Sam Freeman
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harrison grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Culberson safe at first on right fielder Polanco fielding error, Culberson to second
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco homered to center
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson doubled to shallow left
    • Michael Reed hit for Kevin Gausman
    • M. Reed: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to shallow right center, Swanson scored
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Inciarte flied out to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moran singled to left
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman reached on fielder's choice to second, Moran to third, Newman to second on left fielder Culberson throwing error
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Archer grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte doubled to deep right center, Moran and Newman scored
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Camargo grounded out to second
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Polanco flied out to deep left
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli hit by pitch
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Cervelli caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte popped out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Markakis grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Foul, Newman flied out to center
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Archer fouled out to right
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Frazier flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Flowers grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gausman struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell lined out to center
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Culberson grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to second
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to left
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Frazier stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte flied out to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)