Acuña homers off Ureña, flings bat during showy trot

MIAMI (AP) Mindful of their history with Jose Urena, Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Atlanta Braves settled the score by running it up.

Acuna celebrated a homer off Urena with a showy bat flip , and the Braves rocked the Miami Marlins right-hander to win 7-1 Friday night.

Mike Soroka took a three-hit shutout into the ninth for Atlanta and won his seventh consecutive decision.

Urena was suspended for six games for intentionally hitting Acuna on the arm with a pitch last August, triggering a melee. That likely explains why Acuna showboated a bit when he homered in the fourth inning, carrying his bat most of the way to first base before tossing it high over his right shoulder.

Acuna blew a big gum bubble after rounding second base, then pointed into his dugout and shouted as he approached home plate.

Was the bat blip his best yet?

''I feel like I've got a better one lined up,'' the Venezuelan said through a translator.

Said Urena of the flip: ''If he feels good with that, good for him.''

Urena (4-7) gave up 11 hits and six runs in three-plus innings, his shortest outing this year. He fell to 2-8 in 16 career appearances against Atlanta with an ERA of 6.64.

''It's tough when you face a team that knows what you got and the way you work,'' Urena said.

Acuna's homer was his 13th. He also had a one-hop RBI single off the fence against Urena in the second, and a run-scoring single off Wei-Yin Chen in the fifth.

Soroka (7-1) lowered his ERA to 1.38. He retired 10 in a row before allowing a leadoff walk - his second - in the ninth and then departed.

That runner came around to score, but Dan Winkler got the final three outs to complete a five-hitter.

''I'm glad Soroka got the feel of the ninth inning,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''That's good for a young pitcher.''

Freddie Freeman hit his 17th home run and contributed three RBIs, and Ozzie Albies added three hits.

The Braves totaled 14 hits and looked like a team buoyed by a major upgrade, which they are. Free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves for about $13 million Thursday.

Atlanta didn't need Keuchel against Miami. Soroka threw 99 pitches and allowed less than four earned runs for the 10th time in as many starts this season.

''Nothing he does surprises me at this point,'' said Acuna, who was Soroka's teammate in the minors. ''He's a tremendous pitcher.''

Starlin Castro led off the second with a double for his 1,500th career hit, but Soroka retired the next three batters. A double play helped the right-hander escape a jam in the fifth.

Soroka helped himself by snaring two sharp comebackers.

BIG ADDITION

Keuchel will likely need a tuneup in the minors but should join the Braves rotation soon.

''Any team that gets a player like that is going to be fortunate,'' Snitker said. ''He has been through the wars; he has pitched in big games.''

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME

The Braves are 4-0 this year at Marlins Park and 45-23 since it opened in 2012.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (left hip inflammation) went on the 10-day injured list, and RHP Tyler Kinley was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins don't believe Smith's injury is serious. Manager Don Mattingly said he'll consider using an opener to replace Smith on Tuesday against the Cardinals. It'll be the first time one of the Marlins' five starters to begin the season has missed a turn.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.28) is scheduled to pitch Saturday. He's 7-6 in 21 starts against Miami.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-5, 3.53) is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA over his past four starts. That's after the Marlins lost his first eight starts this year.

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  • W: M. Soroka (7-1)L: J. Urena (4-7)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (17), R. Acuna (13)
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D. Swanson SS52200013.268.319.498.8173.5
F. Freeman 1B31231202.311.401.598.99812.0
J. Donaldson 3B50100013.246.361.435.7951.5
N. Markakis RF51100003.264.352.405.7562.0
A. Riley LF50000024.310.348.6551.003-1.0
B. McCann C50200010.287.345.426.7701.5
O. Albies 2B42310101.268.330.408.7387.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF31000101.196.291.373.6652.0
    M. Prado 1B40000002.232.260.296.5560.0
    B. Anderson 3B40100030.246.328.390.7190.5
    S. Castro 2B40210000.234.268.318.5864.0
    H. Ramirez RF40000023.314.352.407.759-1.0
    J. Riddle CF40100003.188.235.354.5891.0
    J. Alfaro C30000012.271.322.453.775-0.5
    M. Rojas SS20100100.269.327.318.6462.0
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    a- A. Dean PH10000002.183.194.317.5100.0
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    T. Kinley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Chen in the 5th
    • b-struck out for Brigham in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Freeman (16), J. Donaldson (15)
    • HR - R. Acuna (13), F. Freeman (17)
    • SH - M. Soroka (3)
    • RBI - R. Acuna 3 (38), F. Freeman 3 (41), O. Albies (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (14), O. Albies (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, F. Freeman 2 (2), A. Riley 3 (3), O. Albies, M. Soroka 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Anderson (12), S. Castro (6)
    • RBI - S. Castro (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Prado, J. Riddle 2 (2), J. Alfaro
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Prado)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Soroka (W, 7-1)8.03112601.380.8731.0
    D. Winkler1.02000105.301.291.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Soroka (W, 7-1)8.0
    D. Winkler1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Urena (L, 4-7)3.011661224.701.45-13.0
    W. Chen2.01111207.881.674.0
    J. Brigham3.01002403.381.508.0
    T. Kinley1.01000004.881.832.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Urena (L, 4-7)3.0
    W. Chen2.0
    J. Brigham3.0
    T. Kinley1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 99-67, D. Winkler 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 13-4
    • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 28, D. Winkler 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Brigham (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 66-41, W. Chen 26-18, J. Brigham 48-30, T. Kinley 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 3-4, W. Chen 2-2, J. Brigham 1-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Urena 21, W. Chen 8, J. Brigham 11, T. Kinley 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Acuna CF51331011.286.370.485.8559.5
    D. Swanson SS52200013.268.319.498.8173.5
    F. Freeman 1B31231202.311.401.598.99812.0
    J. Donaldson 3B50100013.246.361.435.7951.5
    N. Markakis RF51100003.264.352.405.7562.0
    A. Riley LF50000024.310.348.6551.003-1.0
    B. McCann C50200010.287.345.426.7701.5
    O. Albies 2B42310101.268.330.408.7387.0
    M. Soroka P20000123.045.087.045.1320.0
    D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson LF31000101.196.291.373.6652.0
      M. Prado 1B40000002.232.260.296.5560.0
      B. Anderson 3B40100030.246.328.390.7190.5
      S. Castro 2B40210000.234.268.318.5864.0
      H. Ramirez RF40000023.314.352.407.759-1.0
      J. Riddle CF40100003.188.235.354.5891.0
      J. Alfaro C30000012.271.322.453.775-0.5
      M. Rojas SS20100100.269.327.318.6462.0
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      T. Kinley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total3115102714-----
      • a-grounded into a double play for Chen in the 5th
      • b-struck out for Brigham in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Freeman (16), J. Donaldson (15)
      • HR - R. Acuna (13), F. Freeman (17)
      • SH - M. Soroka (3)
      • RBI - R. Acuna 3 (38), F. Freeman 3 (41), O. Albies (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (14), O. Albies (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, F. Freeman 2 (2), A. Riley 3 (3), O. Albies, M. Soroka 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Anderson (12), S. Castro (6)
      • RBI - S. Castro (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Prado, J. Riddle 2 (2), J. Alfaro
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Prado)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Soroka (W, 7-1)8.03112601.380.8731.0
      D. Winkler1.02000105.301.291.5
      Total9.0511270---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Soroka (W, 7-1)8.0
      D. Winkler1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Urena (L, 4-7)3.011661224.701.45-13.0
      W. Chen2.01111207.881.674.0
      J. Brigham3.01002403.381.508.0
      T. Kinley1.01000004.881.832.0
      Total9.01477482---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Urena (L, 4-7)3.0
      W. Chen2.0
      J. Brigham3.0
      T. Kinley1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 99-67, D. Winkler 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 13-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 28, D. Winkler 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Brigham (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 66-41, W. Chen 26-18, J. Brigham 48-30, T. Kinley 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 3-4, W. Chen 2-2, J. Brigham 1-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Urena 21, W. Chen 8, J. Brigham 11, T. Kinley 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Castro singled to shallow center, Granderson scored, Anderson to third71
      • 5TH INNING
        Acuna singled to shallow right center, Albies scored70
      • 4TH INNING
        Freeman doubled to deep right center, Swanson scored60
        Acuna homered to right center50
      • 3RD INNING
        Albies singled to right center, Markakis scored, McCann to third40
      • 2ND INNING
        Acuna singled to deep left, Albies scored, Soroka to second30
      • 1ST INNING
        Freeman homered to right, Swanson scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Kinley pitching
        • N. Markakis: Markakis flied out to left
        • A. Riley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Riley flied out to center
        • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann singled to right center
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson walked
        • Dan Winkler relieved Mike Soroka
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Prado lined out to center
        • Br. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Anderson doubled to left, Granderson to third
        • St. Castro: Castro singled to shallow center, Granderson scored, Anderson to third
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Riddle flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Brigham Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Swanson popped out to first
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Donaldson grounded into double play third to second to first, Freeman out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • M. Rojas: Rojas lined out to pitcher
        • Rosell Herrera hit for Jeff Brigham
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Brigham Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, McCann flied out to left
        • O. Albies: Albies singled to center
        • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soroka struck out bunting foul
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • St. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Castro grounded out to pitcher
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to center
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jeff Brigham pitching
        • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Markakis flied out to left
        • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to second
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Prado grounded out to third
        • Br. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • W. Chen Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
        • M. Soroka: Soroka hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Albies to second
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Acuna singled to shallow right center, Albies scored
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle singled to right center
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to third, Riddle to second
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas singled to center, Riddle to third
        • Austin Dean hit for Wei-Yin Chen
        • A. Dean: Ball, Foul, Dean grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rojas out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Jo. Urena Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Acuna homered to right center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to left
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep right center, Swanson scored
        • Wei-Yin Chen relieved Jose Urena
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson lined out to left, Freeman to third
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to first
        • A. Riley: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • St. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Jo. Urena Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson flied out to deep left
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis singled to left center
        • A. Riley: Riley flied out to left
        • B. McCann: Ball, McCann reached on an infield single to shortstop, Markakis to second
        • O. Albies: Albies singled to right center, Markakis scored, McCann to third
        • M. Soroka: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas walked
        • Jo. Urena: Foul, Urena reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rojas out at second
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Granderson grounded out to first, Urena to second
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Jo. Urena Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies singled to center
        • M. Soroka: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soroka walked, Albies to second
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna singled to deep left, Albies scored, Soroka to second
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Freeman lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • St. Castro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro doubled to deep center
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Riddle reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Castro out at third, Riddle to second
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Jo. Urena Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to third
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson singled to left
        • F. Freeman: Freeman homered to right, Swanson scored
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson doubled to deep left
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis flied out to center
        • A. Riley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Riley grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Soroka Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado lined out to center
        • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)