Saturday, September 23, 2023

Acuna and Ozuna homer early; Braves spin record 7th win

Ronald Acuña Jr. and Marcel Ozuna hit two-run homers in the second inning off MacKenzie Gore and the Atlanta Braves won their seventh straight game on Saturday with a 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

The Braves avoided any sort of mystery this time around, after posting an impressive comeback with five emphatic wins. They took the lead early and improved to a 40–24 record, the best in the National League in a year in which they seek their sixth straight East Division title.

Gore (3-5) threw 39 pitches in the second inning as Atlanta took a 5-1 lead. Ozuna’s 13th home run of the season hit the ball 426 feet from home plate into left field. Acuña also hit 13 homers, driving the ball 413 feet between right and center field.

It was the first time in his last 11 home runs that Acuña did not reach 420 feet.

The Venezuelan added an RBI double in the seventh to cut the lead to 6–3. He had led off the first inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the score 1–1.

A three-time All-Star and Rookie of the Year 1028, Acuña is hitting .333 with a .975 OPS.

The win went to Jared Shuster (3-2), who allowed eight hits and three runs.

For nationals, Mexican Joey Meneses 4-2. 4-1 Dominican Jammer Candelario. Ildemaro Vargas of Venezuela scored a run to seal the 4–1 win.

For the Braves, Venezuela’s Acuña went 4–3 with two runs scored and three runs, Orlando Arcia 3–0. Dominican Ozuna went 4-1 with one run and two RBI.

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