Albies hits a slam, Braves roll past Marlins 9-2

MIAMI (AP) Ozzie Albies tied a career high with five RBIs. Ronald Acuna Jr. tied a career high with four hits. Mike Soroka watched his already-tiny ERA plummet.

Against the Miami Marlins, Atlanta's young stars were plenty.

Albies' sixth-inning grand slam put Atlanta up for good, Soroka was dominant in a career-best seven innings and the result was a second easy win for the Braves in as many nights. They rolled past the Marlins 9-2, getting back over the .500 mark at 17-16.

''We've been kind of waiting for that,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said of the offensive display. ''I still think it's an untapped resource for us right now.''

Brian McCann drove in three runs for Atlanta, which trailed 2-0 after five innings before breaking out against Miami's bullpen. Even Soroka got in on the offense, collecting his first career RBI with a seventh-inning single - his first hit of 2019 and the second of his brief big league career.

It was Albies' second five-RBI game. The other: May 10, 2018, also at Marlins Park - where he's obviously comfortable.

''Seems like it, right?'' Albies said.

Soroka (3-1) lowered his ERA from 1.62 to 1.14 after seven very sharp innings. He allowed three hits, struck out six, walked only two and the two runs Miami scratched out with him on the mound were unearned.

''If you execute your pitch more often than not, things are going to go your way,'' Soroka said.

Peter O'Brien, brought back from Triple-A earlier in the day, drove in the two Marlins runs in the second inning. The Marlins' major league-worst record fell to 9-23, the third-worst in franchise history through 32 games. Only the 1995 and 1999 Marlins - both 8-24 - started worse.

The Marlins have been outscored by 71 runs this season, and have been held to two runs or less in exactly half of their games - 16 of 32. They're 0-16 in those games, compared with 9-7 when they scratch out at least three runs.

''A game like this feels terrible,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after his team committed three errors and was held to three hits. ''We get a lead and it gets away from us. We kicked the ball around a little bit. It's one of those games that doesn't feel good.''

Marlins starter Trevor Richards gave up two hits and three walks while striking out three in 4 1/3 shutout innings. Nick Anderson (0-1) gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings, including the grand slam by Albies.

''I just didn't execute my pitch,'' Anderson said. ''That's really all there is to be said.''

Atlanta's five-run sixth began with a successful challenge of an out call at first to start the inning, with Acuna safe on the play after review. McCann's double cut the Miami lead to 2-1 and the Marlins were one strike away from getting out of the inning - but Anderson grooved one to Albies, who posed for a second to admire the ball's flight over the wall in right for his third career slam and seventh homer of the year.

Atlanta tacked on four more in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Acuna was grimacing as he jogged to first in the seventh after aggravating something in his back while getting his fourth hit. After a brief conference, he stayed in the game but was replaced in the field for the bottom of the seventh by Charlie Culbertson. He said he expects to be good to go Sunday. ''Of course, always, tomorrow and every day from here on out,'' Acuna said through a translator.

Marlins: O'Brien was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday because the Marlins placed OF Garrett Cooper on the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion. The move with Cooper is retroactive to Wednesday.

BRAVES MOVE

Atlanta recalled LHP Sean Newcomb from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and optioned RHP Touki Toussaint to Gwinnett. Toussaint threw 76 pitches and got the win for Atlanta on Friday over the Marlins.

COOLER HEADS

Soroka hit O'Brien with a pitch with two outs and the bases empty in the sixth inning, though no hysterics ensued. Tensions ran high between the teams on Friday when Atlanta starter Kevin Gausman was ejected for throwing a fastball behind Miami RHP Jose Urena - who was at the center of a storm last season when he hit Acuna and got suspended for six games.

UP NEXT

Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (2-4, 5.35) has lost each of his last three starts. He'll face Miami RHP Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.78) in the series finale Sunday.

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  • W: M. Soroka (3-1)L: N. Anderson (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (7)
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C. Culberson LF10000001.381.381.7621.1430.0
N. Markakis RF32100203.322.413.461.8745.0
D. Swanson SS42100114.261.333.514.8473.5
B. McCann C42230112.320.410.500.9108.5
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  • a-grounded out for Dayton in the 9th
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B. Anderson RF40000021.237.323.322.645-1.0
N. Walker 1B30000122.247.344.407.7510.0
S. Castro 2B30000101.226.284.306.5901.0
J. Alfaro C41000002.287.347.460.8071.0
J. Berti 3B41000003.207.314.207.5211.0
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  • a-struck out for Brice in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (9), B. McCann (3)
  • HR - O. Albies (7)
  • RBI - O. Albies 5 (18), B. McCann 3 (14), M. Soroka
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 5 (12), M. Soroka
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 3 (3), F. Freeman, N. Markakis 2 (2), B. McCann 2 (2), E. Inciarte 3 (3)
BATTING
  • SH - T. Richards
  • RBI - P. O'Brien 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas 2 (2), N. Walker, S. Castro, J. Berti 2 (2), R. Herrera
FIELDING
  • E - J. Donaldson (4), D. Swanson 2 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro 2 (5), R. Herrera
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 3-1)7.03202601.141.0129.0
G. Dayton1.00000000.000.863.0
A. Minter1.00000307.591.694.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 3-1)7.0
G. Dayton1.0
A. Minter1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards4.12003304.101.318.5
N. Anderson (L, 0-1)1.24551214.911.09-11.0
T. Kinley0.13441005.511.65-8.0
A. Brice2.23001102.081.232.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards4.1
N. Anderson (L, 0-1)1.2
T. Kinley0.1
A. Brice2.2
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Soroka (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 89-60, G. Dayton 9-9, A. Minter 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 14-4, G. Dayton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 30, G. Dayton 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - N. Anderson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 90-53, N. Anderson 35-26, T. Kinley 16-9, A. Brice 47-32
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-7, N. Anderson 2-1, T. Kinley 1-0, A. Brice 5-3
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 19, N. Anderson 10, T. Kinley 5, A. Brice 13
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Donaldson 3B60000024.259.385.481.866-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40100101.310.424.524.9483.0
R. Acuna LF41400000.294.396.487.8835.0
C. Culberson LF10000001.381.381.7621.1430.0
N. Markakis RF32100203.322.413.461.8745.0
D. Swanson SS42100114.261.333.514.8473.5
B. McCann C42230112.320.410.500.9108.5
E. Inciarte CF41000105.228.307.347.6542.0
M. Soroka P40110023.111.111.111.2221.0
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  • a-grounded out for Dayton in the 9th
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M. Rojas SS40100012.280.330.340.6700.5
B. Anderson RF40000021.237.323.322.645-1.0
N. Walker 1B30000122.247.344.407.7510.0
S. Castro 2B30000101.226.284.306.5901.0
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J. Berti 3B41000003.207.314.207.5211.0
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R. Herrera CF30100002.185.232.231.4631.0
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T. Richards P10000001.091.091.091.1820.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Kinley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Brice in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (9), B. McCann (3)
  • HR - O. Albies (7)
  • RBI - O. Albies 5 (18), B. McCann 3 (14), M. Soroka
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 5 (12), M. Soroka
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 3 (3), F. Freeman, N. Markakis 2 (2), B. McCann 2 (2), E. Inciarte 3 (3)
BATTING
  • SH - T. Richards
  • RBI - P. O'Brien 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas 2 (2), N. Walker, S. Castro, J. Berti 2 (2), R. Herrera
FIELDING
  • E - J. Donaldson (4), D. Swanson 2 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro 2 (5), R. Herrera
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 3-1)7.03202601.141.0129.0
G. Dayton1.00000000.000.863.0
A. Minter1.00000307.591.694.5
Total9.0320290---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 3-1)7.0
G. Dayton1.0
A. Minter1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards4.12003304.101.318.5
N. Anderson (L, 0-1)1.24551214.911.09-11.0
T. Kinley0.13441005.511.65-8.0
A. Brice2.23001102.081.232.5
Total9.01299661---
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards4.1
N. Anderson (L, 0-1)1.2
T. Kinley0.1
A. Brice2.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Soroka (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 89-60, G. Dayton 9-9, A. Minter 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 14-4, G. Dayton 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 30, G. Dayton 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - N. Anderson (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 90-53, N. Anderson 35-26, T. Kinley 16-9, A. Brice 47-32
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-7, N. Anderson 2-1, T. Kinley 1-0, A. Brice 5-3
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 19, N. Anderson 10, T. Kinley 5, A. Brice 13
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies reached on an infield single to second, McCann scored, Soroka to third on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error92
    Soroka singled to right, Swanson scored, McCann to third82
    McCann singled to right center, Acuna and Markakis scored, Swanson to third72
  • 6TH INNING
    Albies homered to right, Swanson, McCann and Inciarte scored52
    McCann doubled to left, Markakis scored, Swanson to third12
  • 2ND INNING
    O'Brien singled to center, Alfaro and Berti scored, O'Brien to second02
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte fouled out to third
    • Matt Joyce hit for Grant Dayton
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Joyce grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies safe at first on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Donaldson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Brien struck out swinging
    • Chad Wallach hit for Austin Brice
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wallach struck out swinging
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman doubled to left
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Culberson grounded out to shortstop, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson walked
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Grant Dayton relieved Mike Soroka
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro flied out to left
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro lined out to left
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Berti grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley relieved Nick Anderson
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to center
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Acuna to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to center, Acuna to third, Markakis to second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann singled to right center, Acuna and Markakis scored, Swanson to third
    • Isaac Galloway in center field
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte fouled out to second
    • M. Soroka: Soroka singled to right, Swanson scored, McCann to third
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies reached on an infield single to second, McCann scored, Soroka to third on 2nd baseman Castro throwing error
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Donaldson lined out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas grounded out to third
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson safe at first on shortstop Swanson throwing error, Anderson to second
    • N. Walker: Foul, Strike swinging, Walker flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Anderson Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Markakis singled to center, Acuna to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna out at home, Markakis to second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann doubled to left, Markakis scored, Swanson to third
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte intentionally walked
    • M. Soroka: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Albies homered to right, Swanson, McCann and Inciarte scored
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro flied out to deep center
    • J. Berti: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Berti grounded out to pitcher
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, O'Brien hit by pitch
    • R. Herrera: Herrera lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies safe at first on left fielder Herrera fielding error, Albies to second
    • Nick Anderson relieved Trevor Richards
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Castro grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis walked, Acuna to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Acuna to third, Markakis out at second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to third, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann walked, Swanson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • P. O'Brien: O'Brien grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Richards: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Richards hit sacrifice bunt to first, Herrera to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soroka lined out to right
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies popped out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson fouled out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
    • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Walker to second
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to second, Walker to third, Castro to second
    • J. Berti: Ball, Berti grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Alfaro safe at first on shortstop Swanson fielding error
    • J. Berti: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Berti reached on fielder's choice to third, Alfaro to third, Berti to second on 3rd baseman Donaldson throwing error
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, O'Brien singled to center, Alfaro and Berti scored, O'Brien to second
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second, O'Brien to third
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Richards grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Albies lined out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Acuna singled to left, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Rojas singled to left
    • B. Anderson: Anderson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas out at second
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)