Acuña crushes tiebreaking homer, Braves beat D'backs 2-1

PHOENIX (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. made an auspicious return to the leadoff spot Friday night, driving a career-best 466-foot homer to lift the Atlanta Braves past Arizona.

Acuna's tiebreaking shot off the batter's eye in center with two outs in the eighth inning helped the Braves end a four-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

When did he know it was gone?

''Right away,'' Acuna said via translator with a smile.

After hitting cleanup in each of his previous 36 starts this season, Acuna returned to the top of the order - his regular place while winning NL Rookie of the Year last season - and hit his eighth homer off Yoan Lopez (0-1).

''I'm going to feel good no matter where they put me in the lineup,'' Acuna said.'' I'm just happy to be in the lineup. For me, it is just about focusing and getting the work done.''

Acuna has homers in two of his last three games after making a slight adjustment in the Dodgers' series earlier this week. He hit a 2-0 fastball from Lopez, who has been scored on in only four of his 29 appearances but three times in four outings against Atlanta.

''You can't fall behind a good hitter like Acuna,'' Lopez said through a translator. ''The Braves have been the only team that has been able to get to me, but it is all part of the process.''

''I don't want to jinx things, but he is swinging the bat better,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

The Braves got a good outing from Julio Teheran to overcome Zack Greinke's latest strong start. Greinke allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, posting his eighth straight quality start. He didn't walk a batter and reached a three-ball count against only two hitters - the last two he faced while escaping a two-on jam in the seventh.

Teheran pitched six innings of one-run ball, Dan Winkler (1-0) pitched the seventh and Luke Jackson struck out two in ninth for his third save after blowing one in the first game of the series Thursday.

Teheran gave up three hits, struck out four and walked two. He has given up one run in his last two starts without getting a decision.

''I just wish we could get some runs,'' Snitker said.

Dansby Swanson had three hits, and Freddie Freeman had two hits for Atlanta.

David Peralta had two hits, including an RBI triple, for Arizona.

Swanson tripled to right-center with one out in the fourth inning and scored on Freeman's single over the shift for a 1-0 lead.

Ketel Marte doubled off the left field fence with two outs in the sixth and scored on Peralta's triple over the first base bag to tie it at 1, ending Teheran's steak of scoreless innings at 12.

''It's unfortunate when you get a night like we did out of Zack and you can't really capitalize offensively,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LHP Max Fried (left hand contusion) is expected to start Sunday after reporting no discomfort after a bullpen session Thursday. Fried was struck by a line drive and removed in the second inning of his last start at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow ligament) threw 23 pitches in a bullpen session Friday and is likely to throw another bullpen session Sunday before pitching in a rehab game. ... C Alex Avila (quadriceps strain) did all the normal pregame work and blocked balls in the dirt Friday and is close to returning. Avila, out since April 7, may not need a rehab assignment, Lovullo said. ... 1B/3B Jake Lamb (quadriceps strain) did some light running and took ground balls Friday while continuing to hit. Lamb will play first and third when he returns, Lovullo said, but is not expected back on the homestead that ends May 19. ... INF Ildemaro Vargas was optioned to Triple-A after the game. A corresponding move is expected Saturday.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-3), who was ejected and given a five-game suspension for throwing a pitch behind Miami's Jose Urena on May 3, will make his second start while his suspension is under appeal. Gausman has given up 14 earned runs in his last 16 1/3 innings.

Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-3) gave up a season-high seven runs in four innings in his last start Monday at Tampa Bay. He had given up as many as four runs only once previously.

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  • W: D. Winkler (1-0)L: Y. Lopez (0-1)S: L. Jackson (3)
  • HR: ATL - R. Acuna (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS41300000.273.342.500.8425.0
F. Freeman 1B40210012.305.403.517.9203.5
J. Donaldson 3B40100011.258.375.484.8590.5
N. Markakis RF40000003.294.385.456.8410.0
O. Albies 2B30000122.275.324.467.7910.0
T. Flowers C30000012.264.321.417.737-0.5
E. Inciarte CF30000000.216.298.328.6250.0
J. Teheran P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
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a- M. Joyce PH10000010.270.341.541.882-0.5
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L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson CF30000001.280.388.427.8150.0
a- W. Flores PH-2B10000010.275.322.394.717-0.5
K. Marte 2B-CF41100010.260.327.521.8482.5
D. Peralta LF40210010.321.359.547.9064.5
A. Jones RF30000101.255.325.448.7731.0
C. Walker 1B30000112.288.365.568.9330.5
I. Vargas 3B30000021.200.200.309.509-1.0
Y. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Swihart PH10000010.196.268.333.601-0.5
N. Ahmed SS40100001.254.303.415.7192.0
J. Murphy C20000012.160.236.360.596-0.5
c- E. Escobar PH-3B10000001.289.364.521.8850.0
Z. Greinke P20000001.286.318.7621.0800.0
d- C. Kelly PH-C10000001.231.306.446.7520.0
  • a-struck out for Dyson in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Andriese in the 9th
  • c-lined out for Murphy in the 7th
  • d-popped out for Greinke in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (11)
  • 3B - D. Swanson (3)
  • HR - R. Acuna (8)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (23), F. Freeman (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis, T. Flowers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (7), N. Ahmed (12)
  • 3B - D. Peralta (2)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, A. Jones, C. Walker 2 (2), J. Murphy, C. Kelly
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Swanson (2)
  • Picked Off - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • DP - (Murphy-Vargas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.03112404.261.2817.0
D. Winkler (W, 1-0)1.00000101.540.8610.5
S. Newcomb (H, 1)1.01000103.311.652.5
L. Jackson (S, 3)1.00000202.501.2211.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.0
D. Winkler (W, 1-0)1.0
S. Newcomb (H, 1)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke7.05110703.160.9321.5
Y. Lopez (L, 0-1)1.02110111.170.98-4.5
M. Andriese1.00001004.371.372.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke7.0
Y. Lopez (L, 0-1)1.0
M. Andriese1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 84-55, D. Winkler 22-17, S. Newcomb 19-14, L. Jackson 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 7-7, D. Winkler 1-2, L. Jackson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, D. Winkler 4, S. Newcomb 4, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 98-67, Y. Lopez 19-12, M. Andriese 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-5, Y. Lopez 2-0, M. Andriese 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 25, Y. Lopez 5, M. Andriese 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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ATL19-20
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF41111000.275.367.493.8606.0
D. Swanson SS41300000.273.342.500.8425.0
F. Freeman 1B40210012.305.403.517.9203.5
J. Donaldson 3B40100011.258.375.484.8590.5
N. Markakis RF40000003.294.385.456.8410.0
O. Albies 2B30000122.275.324.467.7910.0
T. Flowers C30000012.264.321.417.737-0.5
E. Inciarte CF30000000.216.298.328.6250.0
J. Teheran P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000010.270.341.541.882-0.5
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson CF30000001.280.388.427.8150.0
a- W. Flores PH-2B10000010.275.322.394.717-0.5
K. Marte 2B-CF41100010.260.327.521.8482.5
D. Peralta LF40210010.321.359.547.9064.5
A. Jones RF30000101.255.325.448.7731.0
C. Walker 1B30000112.288.365.568.9330.5
I. Vargas 3B30000021.200.200.309.509-1.0
Y. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Swihart PH10000010.196.268.333.601-0.5
N. Ahmed SS40100001.254.303.415.7192.0
J. Murphy C20000012.160.236.360.596-0.5
c- E. Escobar PH-3B10000001.289.364.521.8850.0
Z. Greinke P20000001.286.318.7621.0800.0
d- C. Kelly PH-C10000001.231.306.446.7520.0
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HITTERSAB
J. Dyson CF3
a- W. Flores PH-2B1
K. Marte 2B-CF4
D. Peralta LF4
A. Jones RF3
C. Walker 1B3
I. Vargas 3B3
Y. Lopez P0
M. Andriese P0
b- B. Swihart PH1
N. Ahmed SS4
J. Murphy C2
c- E. Escobar PH-3B1
Z. Greinke P2
d- C. Kelly PH-C1
Total32
  • a-struck out for Dyson in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Andriese in the 9th
  • c-lined out for Murphy in the 7th
  • d-popped out for Greinke in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (11)
  • 3B - D. Swanson (3)
  • HR - R. Acuna (8)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (23), F. Freeman (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Freeman, N. Markakis, T. Flowers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (7), N. Ahmed (12)
  • 3B - D. Peralta (2)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Dyson, A. Jones, C. Walker 2 (2), J. Murphy, C. Kelly
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Swanson (2)
  • Picked Off - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies
FIELDING
  • DP - (Murphy-Vargas)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran6.03112404.261.2817.0
D. Winkler (W, 1-0)1.00000101.540.8610.5
S. Newcomb (H, 1)1.01000103.311.652.5
L. Jackson (S, 3)1.00000202.501.2211.0
Total9.0411280---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran6.0
D. Winkler (W, 1-0)1.0
S. Newcomb (H, 1)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke7.05110703.160.9321.5
Y. Lopez (L, 0-1)1.02110111.170.98-4.5
M. Andriese1.00001004.371.372.0
Total9.0722181---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke7.0
Y. Lopez (L, 0-1)1.0
M. Andriese1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 84-55, D. Winkler 22-17, S. Newcomb 19-14, L. Jackson 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 7-7, D. Winkler 1-2, L. Jackson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 23, D. Winkler 4, S. Newcomb 4, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 98-67, Y. Lopez 19-12, M. Andriese 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-5, Y. Lopez 2-0, M. Andriese 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 25, Y. Lopez 5, M. Andriese 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Acuna homered to center21
  • 6TH INNING
    Peralta tripled to shallow right, Marte scored11
  • 4TH INNING
    Freeman singled to right, Swanson scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Andriese relieved Yoan Lopez
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Albies picked off at first, catcher to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson relieved Sean Newcomb
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
    • Blake Swihart hit for Matt Andriese
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yoan Lopez pitching
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • Matt Joyce hit for Dan Winkler
    • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Joyce struck out on foul tip
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Acuna homered to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson singled to shallow right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Jarrod Dyson
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte lined out to right
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peralta singled to shallow center
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman doubled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson singled to right, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Markakis reached on fielder's choice to second, Freeman out at home, Donaldson to second
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Winkler relieved Julio Teheran
    • I. Vargas: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ahmed safe at first on 2nd baseman Albies throwing error
    • Eduardo Escobar hit for John Ryan Murphy
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
    • Carson Kelly hit for Zack Greinke
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kelly popped out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Teheran struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna lined out to right
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • Z. Greinke: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Greinke grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded bunt out to first
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte doubled to deep left
    • D. Peralta: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Peralta tripled to shallow right, Marte scored
    • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
    • C. Walker: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Walker grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
    • I. Vargas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Vargas reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Walker out at second
    • N. Ahmed: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ahmed flied out to right
    • J. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson tripled to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to right, Swanson scored
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis lined out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to second
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jones flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flowers flied out to right
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Teheran struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed doubled to deep right center
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Z. Greinke: Strike swinging, Foul, Greinke grounded out to shortstop, Ahmed to third
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to deep center
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Walker popped out to shortstop
    • I. Vargas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Acuna flied out to deep right
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to right
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging, Swanson caught stealing second, catcher to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Dyson flied out to center
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte fouled out to left
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)