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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Acuna, Rosario beat Braves 9-6 at NL East showdown

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Ronald Acua Jr. got four hits and robbed Pete Alonso of a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves made a big early lead and thrashed the New York Mets 9-6 on Friday night in their NL fast. returned. pre showdown.

Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer in the first innings and an RBI double in the second to help the Braves open the cushion 8-0. Rookie center fielder Michael Harris II also went deep and threw a runner into the plate.

William Contreras added a single homer in the ninth, and the Braves pulled off their first three-game losing streak of the year. The last team to go so deeply in a season without a three-game skid was the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who set the major league mark by not losing three in a row until a four-game slide from game number 147–150. Elias for Sports Bureau.

Mets starter Taijuan Walker (9-3) managed only three outs in a rare but untimely flop, and his teammate was unable to recover. Atlanta went back to within 3 1/2 games of first place New York after knocking out the five-match series opener on Thursday night.

Walker first delivered a one-off double to Dansby Swanson, then caught his spike on the mound during an aborted delivery to Matt Olsson. The baseball fell from Walker’s hands and slid toward the plate for a ball, and the right-hander never looked right after that.

He was checked out by pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and an athletic trainer. Walker threw a warmup pitch and remained in the game, but allowed Olsson to double the RBI and pitch to Austin Riley before Rosario sent a 1-2 splitter into the right-field seats for his third homer this season. hit with

Alonso tried to bring the Mets back in the bottom half, but Acuna jumped over the right-field wall to take a brilliant catch. He patted his chest, and Braves starter Ian Anderson raised his hand in celebration.

Harris took the lead with his 10th home run and allowed four straight hits before Walker pulled off. He was charged with eight runs and seven hits as his ERA increased from 2.79 to 3.45.

New York cut it 8-5 and chased Anderson in the fifth of four runs, including a two-run double by pinch-hitter Darin Roof in his first Mets plate appearance since being acquired by San Francisco on Tuesday’s trade deadline. Included. Pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar had an RBI single.

Anderson was dropped once from qualifying for the win. AJ Minter (5–3) scored three runs in 1 1/3 perfect innings, and Raissell Iglesias scored two goals in the unscored eighth after giving a leadoff double.

It was Iglesias’s debut with the Braves, having been received from the Angels just before Tuesday’s trading deadline.

Jeff McNeill took home with Kenley Jensen in ninth and had two RBIs for the Mets.

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Braves: RHP Darren O’Day (left calf strained) was set to begin a rehab assignment at High A Rome. O’Day has been sidelined since July 12. … RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery) will pitch again for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Yates played back-to-back games for Gwynet on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since his injury in August 2020.

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The Mets said INF Kramer Robertson was claimed exemption by St.


The teams play a day-night doubleheader on Saturdays, although neither of them has announced the order of their starting pitchers.

RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.75 ERA) makes his Atlanta debut in one game, and LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.58) will start the second game. Odorizzi was acquired from Houston for reliever Will Smith at Tuesday’s trading deadline.

RHP Max Schazer (7-2, 2.13) and LHP David Peterson (5-2, 3.54) are scheduled to pitch for New York.


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