Swanson, catcher's interference call help Braves top Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) A healthy wrist helped Dansby Swanson keep up his resurgence that has added more punch to Atlanta's lineup.

Swanson hit a game-ending single against a five-man infield and the Braves, helped by a catcher's interference call, beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Sunday.

''I love that weight, so to speak, on my shoulders,'' Swanson said.

After Swanson hit only .238 in 2018, he had offseason surgery to have a troublesome loose body removed from his left wrist.

Swanson was upbeat all spring, expressing optimism about his newly empowered swing. So far, he has backed up his big hopes. His fourth-inning homer was his team-leading third of the season, and his nine RBI also lead the team.

Miami's Curtis Granderson tied it in the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit homer off Arodys Vizcaino (1-0).

Freddie Freeman led off Atlanta's ninth win an infield single, the ball glancing off pitcher Adam Conley's glove as he tried to snare the grounder behind his back. Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with an apparent double-play grounder, but home plate umpire Will Little immediately called catcher's interference on Chad Wallach.

''Inside pitch, I was a little too close and it hit my glove,'' said Wallach of Acuna's bat.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly was upset Acuna wasn't called for a strike on his check swing before the catcher's interference. First base umpire Joe West said Acuna checked his swing.

''Basically they catch a break with Acuna,'' Mattingly said. ''That's strike three. He was swinging, a full swing almost on a check swing.''

A passed ball by Wallach allowed Freeman to advance to third. After Mattingly brought in right fielder Rosell Herrera to form a five-man infield, leaving right field vacant, Conley (0-2) walked Markakis to load the bases.

Swanson lined the game-winning single to left field, and then high-stepped his way to first base as his teammates surged out of the dugout in a race to surround him for an on-field celebration.

''There was no doubt in my mind he would come through,'' said Freeman of Swanson. ''Winners come through.''

Swanson, hitting .346, has added more depth to an Atlanta lineup also strengthened by the addition of Josh Donaldson.

''It's a tough lineup to go through,'' Mattingly said.

Freeman hit a two-run homer off Caleb Smith in the first inning.

Sean Newcomb gave up two runs in seven innings in a possibly important start to protect his place in Atlanta's rotation. The left-hander overcame second-inning control problems to allow only four hits.

Ozzie Albies led off the Atlanta first with a single and scored on Freeman's first homer.

Newcomb gave up his only two walks in the second, including a bases-loaded pass to Miguel Rojas. Smith's single off Newcomb's glove drove in Starlin Castro, who doubled.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Sergio Romo was available after being hit by a line drive on the bottom of his left hand Saturday night.

Braves: C Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain. The catcher position became a concern when McCann's replacement Saturday night, Tyler Flowers, was hit by a pitch on his right hand. X-rays were negative Saturday night, but there was ongoing concern and Flowers was scheduled for further tests Sunday.

DIVISION MATTERS MOST

A 14-5 record against Miami last season helped the Braves win the NL East. They're off to a good start this year, winning two of three in the series. The Braves are 5-1 since being swept at Philadelphia to open the season.

''Everything matters,'' Freeman said. ''It's going to be a battle to the end, and you have to win against your division opponents.''

JACKSON'S DEBUT

Braves catcher Alex Jackson, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, was 0 for 3 in his major league debut but earned compliments for his work with Newcomb.

''Awesome,'' Newcomb said. ''He called a great game. ... He's a big league catcher. He proved that today.''

ON DECK

Marlins: Following an off day on Monday, Miami opens a three-game series at Cincinnati on Tuesday night when RHP Jose Urena (0-2, 10.38) tries to bounce back from two losses to open the season. Urena was 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his final six road starts of 2018.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran, who has a 2.96 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field, will start when the Braves open a three-game series at Colorado on Monday night.

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  • W: A. Vizcaino (1-0)L: A. Conley (0-2)
  • HR: MIA - C. Granderson (2), ATL - F. Freeman (1), D. Swanson (3)
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M. Prado 1B40100003.476.522.6191.1411.0
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S. Castro 2B41200012.300.317.475.7923.5
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a- C. Granderson PH-LF11111000.238.393.571.9646.0
C. Wallach C30000110.300.417.400.8170.5
R. Herrera LF-RF40000003.185.214.259.4740.0
C. Smith P20110000.333.333.333.6672.0
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  • a-homered for O'Brien in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Smith in the 7th
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O. Albies 2B41200000.400.475.5431.0183.0
J. Donaldson 3B30100112.167.306.200.5062.5
F. Freeman 1B42221002.419.561.6451.2069.0
R. Acuna LF30000001.129.289.323.6120.0
J. Camargo RF30000021.071.235.143.378-1.0
N. Markakis RF00000100.273.333.364.6971.0
D. Swanson SS41221010.346.471.7311.2017.5
E. Inciarte CF20000100.194.306.387.6931.0
A. Jackson C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Newcomb P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
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W. Parsons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Parsons in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro
  • HR - C. Granderson (2)
  • RBI - M. Rojas (5), C. Granderson (4), C. Smith
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (5), C. Smith
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Prado 3 (3), P. O'Brien
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson
  • HR - F. Freeman, D. Swanson (3)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (5), D. Swanson 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, S. Newcomb
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Prado; Anderson-Castro-Prado)
  • E - C. Smith, C. Wallach
  • PB - C. Wallach
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith6.04332724.091.0015.5
T. Kinley2.01000101.350.905.5
A. Conley (L, 0-2)0.02111005.402.70-9.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith6.0
T. Kinley2.0
A. Conley (L, 0-2)0.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb7.04222201.641.4517.0
J. Biddle0.02000003.181.24-2.0
W. Parsons (H, 1)1.00000103.380.563.5
A. Vizcaino (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110112.251.508.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb7.0
J. Biddle0.0
W. Parsons (H, 1)1.0
A. Vizcaino (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 86-56, T. Kinley 18-12, A. Conley 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-8, T. Kinley 3-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, T. Kinley 6, A. Conley 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 98-63, J. Biddle 10-7, W. Parsons 8-6, A. Vizcaino 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 9-10, W. Parsons 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 27, J. Biddle 2, W. Parsons 2, A. Vizcaino 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Rojas SS30110100.292.346.375.7213.0
M. Prado 1B40100003.476.522.6191.1411.0
B. Anderson 3B40000022.158.238.184.422-1.0
S. Castro 2B41200012.300.317.475.7923.5
L. Brinson CF41100001.243.263.297.5602.0
P. O'Brien RF30000003.100.182.250.4320.0
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C. Wallach C30000110.300.417.400.8170.5
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C. Smith P20110000.333.333.333.6672.0
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  • a-homered for O'Brien in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Smith in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B41200000.400.475.5431.0183.0
J. Donaldson 3B30100112.167.306.200.5062.5
F. Freeman 1B42221002.419.561.6451.2069.0
R. Acuna LF30000001.129.289.323.6120.0
J. Camargo RF30000021.071.235.143.378-1.0
N. Markakis RF00000100.273.333.364.6971.0
D. Swanson SS41221010.346.471.7311.2017.5
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A. Jackson C30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Newcomb P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Biddle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Parsons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000010.333.3331.0001.333-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Parsons in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro
  • HR - C. Granderson (2)
  • RBI - M. Rojas (5), C. Granderson (4), C. Smith
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (5), C. Smith
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Prado 3 (3), P. O'Brien
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson
  • HR - F. Freeman, D. Swanson (3)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (5), D. Swanson 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, S. Newcomb
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Prado; Anderson-Castro-Prado)
  • E - C. Smith, C. Wallach
  • PB - C. Wallach
FIELDING
  • DP - (Donaldson-Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith6.04332724.091.0015.5
T. Kinley2.01000101.350.905.5
A. Conley (L, 0-2)0.02111005.402.70-9.0
Total8.0744382---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith6.0
T. Kinley2.0
A. Conley (L, 0-2)0.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb7.04222201.641.4517.0
J. Biddle0.02000003.181.24-2.0
W. Parsons (H, 1)1.00000103.380.563.5
A. Vizcaino (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110112.251.508.5
Total9.0733241---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb7.0
J. Biddle0.0
W. Parsons (H, 1)1.0
A. Vizcaino (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 86-56, T. Kinley 18-12, A. Conley 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-8, T. Kinley 3-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, T. Kinley 6, A. Conley 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 98-63, J. Biddle 10-7, W. Parsons 8-6, A. Vizcaino 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 9-10, W. Parsons 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 27, J. Biddle 2, W. Parsons 2, A. Vizcaino 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Swanson singled to left, Freeman scored, Acuna to third, Markakis to second34
    Granderson homered to center33
  • 4TH INNING
    Swanson homered to left center23
  • 2ND INNING
    Rojas walked, Brinson scored, Wallach to third, Smith to second22
    Smith reached on an infield single to pitcher, Castro scored, Brinson to third, Wallach to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman homered to left center, Albies scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Brinson popped out to shortstop
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Peter O'Brien
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Granderson homered to center
    • C. Wallach: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wallach struck out looking
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Conley relieved Tyler Kinley
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Acuna reached on catcher's interference, Freeman to second on catcher Wallach fielding error
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman to third on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Acuna to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Swanson singled to left, Freeman scored, Acuna to third, Markakis to second
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Sean Newcomb
    • Nick Markakis in right field
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas singled to center
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Prado singled to left, Rojas to second
    • Wes Parsons relieved Jesse Biddle
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to second, Prado out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Joyce hit for Wes Parsons
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Albies singled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second, Albies out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Wallach lined out to right
    • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Neil Walker hit for Caleb Smith
    • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Walker flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Jackson lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Castro struck out on foul tip
    • L. Brinson: Brinson flied out to left
    • P. O'Brien: O'Brien flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson doubled to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeman popped out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep right, Donaldson to third
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Rojas fouled out to first
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Prado grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Jackson: Jackson popped out to first
    • S. Newcomb: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Newcomb struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • C. Wallach: Ball, Ball, Wallach flied out to deep right
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna popped out to third
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Camargo flied out to center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Swanson homered to left center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to second
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to right
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Brinson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
    • P. O'Brien: O'Brien grounded into fielder's choice to third, Brinson out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep right
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman lined out to first, Donaldson out at first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro doubled to deep right
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Brinson reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. O'Brien: O'Brien fouled out to first
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wallach walked, Castro to third, Brinson to second
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to left
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Smith reached on an infield single to pitcher, Castro scored, Brinson to third, Wallach to second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked, Brinson scored, Wallach to third, Smith to second
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Prado grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • A. Jackson: Inciarte to third on Smith throwing error, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Jackson struck out on foul tip
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Newcomb struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas lined out to center
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Prado grounded out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies singled to left center
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Freeman homered to left center, Albies scored
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)