Gausman sharp in 2019 debut as Braves beat Marlins 4-0

ATLANTA (AP) It felt like opening night to Kevin Gausman, and he battled first-game jitters - for two batters.

After that, the right-hander was on top of his game.

Gausman allowed only two hits in seven innings, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Tyler Flowers homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Friday night.

The Braves escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and won their fourth in a row. Miami has lost four straight, and dropped nine consecutive games in Atlanta.

Gausman combined with relievers Jesse Biddle and Arodys Vizcaino on a three-hitter, but only after he walked the first two batters he faced.

''I was a little out of whack early on,'' Gausman said. ''I was pretty amped up, to be honest.''

Gausman (1-0), who began the season on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder tendinitis, was impressive in his 2019 debut. A double play helped him escape the first-inning trouble. He allowed only two baserunners in the next six innings.

''I thought it was right in line with his good ones last season,'' said Flowers, Gausman's catcher.

Vizcaino walked Peter O'Brien to open the ninth. Pinch-hitter Martin Prado doubled down the left field line and Neil Walker walked with two outs to load the bases. Vizcaino closed out the game on Starlin Castro's fly ball to deep left field.

''We've had a lot of games like that recently where we were kind of behind and keep fighting back,'' said Brian Anderson, who struck out in the ninth. ''It shows the character of our team. We're going to keep fighting ... until the end.''

Gausman struck out the side in the third and sixth innings and allowed two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Pablo Lopez (1-1) gave up four hits in the fourth, including a two-run homer to right field by Acuna . With two outs, Flowers added a line-drive homer over the left field wall . Ender Inciarte's single to right field drove in Dansby Swanson, who walked.

Lopez allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings.

The Braves were 14-5 against Miami last season, including an 8-1 record at SunTrust Park.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LHP A.J. Minter, who made his 2019 debut on Thursday night in his return from left shoulder inflammation, was ''bouncing around the clubhouse'' on Friday and feeling good, according to Snitker. Even so, Snitker said his goal was to ''ease him back in'' and avoid using him on back-to-back days for now. ... RHP Mike Foltynewicz (right elbow bone spur) is set for his second rehab appearance on Tuesday. He didn't allow a hit or a run in five innings for Gwinnett on Thursday night.

ROSTER MOVE

Right-hander Shane Carle was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett before the game to clear a roster spot for Gausman. The Braves still have an eight-man bullpen.

ROTATION IMPROVING

The strong start by Gausman came one night after Max Fried took a perfect game into the sixth inning in a 9-4 win over the Cubs. Manager Brian Snitker said Fried, who pitched in relief in two games, has earned another start. Snitker was especially encouraged after Gausman pitched seven innings.

''Hopefully that's the norm as these guys get stretched out and get going,'' Snitker said.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Miami's six-game road trip continues when RHP Sandy Alcantara looks for his second straight win to open the season on Saturday night. It will be his first career start against the Braves.

Braves: RHP Kyle Wright will try to bounce back from a loss at Philadelphia in his first career start last week when the rookie right-hander faces Miami for the first time. Wright gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.

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  • W: K. Gausman (1-0)L: P. Lopez (1-1)
  • HR: ATL - T. Flowers (1), R. Acuna (2)
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  • b-doubled for Guerrero in the 9th
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    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Prado (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Acuna (2), T. Flowers
    • RBI - E. Inciarte (2), R. Acuna 2 (4), T. Flowers
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Inciarte, T. Flowers
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 2 (2), R. Acuna, T. Flowers, D. Swanson, K. Gausman
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Donaldson-Albies-Freeman; Albies-Freeman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Lopez (L, 1-1)5.07441526.101.260.5
    T. Kinley1.00000201.931.074.0
    D. Steckenrider1.00000009.001.003.0
    T. Guerrero1.00001100.000.822.5
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Lopez (L, 1-1)5.0
    T. Kinley1.0
    D. Steckenrider1.0
    T. Guerrero1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gausman (W, 1-0)7.02002700.000.5730.5
    J. Biddle1.00000103.180.883.5
    A. Vizcaino1.01002200.001.671.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gausman (W, 1-0)7.0
    J. Biddle1.0
    A. Vizcaino1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Kinley
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 89-52, T. Kinley 16-11, D. Steckenrider 13-9, T. Guerrero 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 6-4, D. Steckenrider 1-2, T. Guerrero 1-1
    • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 23, T. Kinley 4, D. Steckenrider 3, T. Guerrero 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 88-54, J. Biddle 11-8, A. Vizcaino 27-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-7, J. Biddle 1-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 22, J. Biddle 3, A. Vizcaino 6
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    B. Anderson 3B30100112.194.265.226.4911.5
    N. Walker 1B30000103.176.333.353.6861.0
    S. Castro 2B40000005.281.303.469.7720.0
    J. Alfaro C30000020.190.261.333.594-1.0
    J. Riddle SS30100000.250.250.625.8751.0
    L. Brinson CF30000001.241.267.310.5770.0
    P. O'Brien RF20000120.071.133.071.2050.0
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    • a-struck out for Lopez in the 6th
    • b-doubled for Guerrero in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    D. Swanson SS21000112.316.462.6841.1461.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Prado (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Acuna (2), T. Flowers
      • RBI - E. Inciarte (2), R. Acuna 2 (4), T. Flowers
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Inciarte, T. Flowers
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 2 (2), R. Acuna, T. Flowers, D. Swanson, K. Gausman
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Donaldson-Albies-Freeman; Albies-Freeman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Lopez (L, 1-1)5.07441526.101.260.5
      T. Kinley1.00000201.931.074.0
      D. Steckenrider1.00000009.001.003.0
      T. Guerrero1.00001100.000.822.5
      Total8.0744282---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Lopez (L, 1-1)5.0
      T. Kinley1.0
      D. Steckenrider1.0
      T. Guerrero1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman (W, 1-0)7.02002700.000.5730.5
      J. Biddle1.00000103.180.883.5
      A. Vizcaino1.01002200.001.671.0
      Total9.03004100---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Biddle1.0
      A. Vizcaino1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Kinley
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 89-52, T. Kinley 16-11, D. Steckenrider 13-9, T. Guerrero 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 6-4, D. Steckenrider 1-2, T. Guerrero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 23, T. Kinley 4, D. Steckenrider 3, T. Guerrero 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 88-54, J. Biddle 11-8, A. Vizcaino 27-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-7, J. Biddle 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 22, J. Biddle 3, A. Vizcaino 6
      • 4TH INNING
        Inciarte singled to right, Swanson scored, Gausman to third04
        Flowers homered to left03
        Acuna homered to right, Freeman scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Arodys Vizcaino relieved Jesse Biddle
        • P. O'Brien: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Brien walked
        • Martin Prado hit for Tayron Guerrero
        • M. Prado: Ball, Prado doubled to left, O'Brien to third
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jesse Biddle relieved Kevin Gausman
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Alfaro struck out on foul tip
        • J. Riddle: Riddle flied out to deep right
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brinson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tayron Guerrero relieved Drew Steckenrider
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
        • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
        • T. Flowers: Flowers flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson singled to shallow left
        • N. Walker: Walker lined out to center
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castro grounded out to second, Anderson out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Drew Steckenrider relieved Tyler Kinley
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson flied out to deep center
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • P. O'Brien: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, O'Brien struck out swinging
        • Rosell Herrera hit for Pablo Lopez
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Kinley pitching
        • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Albies lined out to second
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Flowers hit by pitch
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gausman struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alfaro popped out to second
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle flied out to left
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brinson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman flied out to left
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Anderson lined out to second
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Walker flied out to left
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro popped out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to left
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna homered to right, Freeman scored
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
        • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to second
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Flowers homered to left
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
        • K. Gausman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Gausman singled to shallow left, Swanson to second
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte singled to right, Swanson scored, Gausman to third
        • J. Donaldson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
        • P. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • K. Gausman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gausman grounded out to third
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle singled to shallow right
        • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Brinson grounded out to second, Riddle out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
        • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to first
        • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers singled to left center
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Gausman Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked, Granderson to second
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop, Granderson to third, Anderson out at second
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte singled to left
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman flied out to left
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Acuna grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)