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Alcantara suffocated the Braves with 14 times in Marlins 4-1 win

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Atlanta Braves hitters didn’t mind seeing Sandy Alcantara for the second time in a week.

The Miami right-hander was more powerful than ever.

Alcantara matched his career high with 14 strikeouts, again dominating the Braves and leading the Marlins to a 4-1 win on Saturday.

Alcantara (5-2) allowed only four hits without a move in eight innings to secure a third consecutive victory. He lowered his ERA to 2.00, allowing more than one earned run in his fourth straight start.

“Their stuff is so good, I don’t even know that familiarity matters,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.

In nine career starts against Atlanta, Alcantara improved 4-1. He has come the distance on Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Braves at home.

Alcantara said he was determined to “use all my might” to take advantage of the brave. He said he “always” felt stronger later in the games and retired Atlanta’s last six batsmen, posting his last four strikeouts in the last two innings.

“Sometimes with Sandy it looks like pitch and catch,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the 6-foot-5 Alcantara’s pitching pace.

Atlanta fell 4-12 in the day’s play, the worst record among the majors. The Braves started the day by hitting only .203 in the afternoon game, which was also the worst mark in the major leagues.

“That’s something else,” Snitkar said of Alcantara. “It’s almost impossible when you get him at that point and the shadows come at 4 o’clock.”

Miguel Rojas had three hits, including A. also includes Homer from Darren O’Day in the sixth. Garrett Cooper made it 4-1 in the seventh with a double of two runs off Colin McHugh.

Cole Sulser finished ninth before Marcel Ozuna walked in, with two outs to Dansby Swanson’s double. Sulsar dismissed Austin Riley for a second save.

Brave left-hander Tucker Davidson (1-2) allowed three hits and one run in five innings. He was hit four times, including two in the fourth. George Soler, who led the innings with a walk, scored at the sacrifice of Joy Wendell for the first run of the game.

first hit

Atlanta’s 21-year-old top prospect Michael Harris was promoted from Double-A Mississippi to start in center field. He single from left For his first hit in the sixth. Harris moved to third place on a single up the middle by Ronald Acua Jr., and third on Swanson’s grounder.

one more hit off the pitch

Acuna, who returned to the lineup after making three starts with a strained right quadriceps, was struck by a pitch from Alcantara in the third. The 99 mph sinker saw Acuna’s shoulder and hit his left arm.

It was the 31st time in Acuna’s career that he had been hit by a pitch involving seven Marlins pitchers. No other team has hit Acuna with more than three pitches.

After sinking, Acuna walked slowly towards the first base of the mound. Alcantara patted him on the back and Akuna remained at first base.

“I didn’t kill him intentionally,” Alcantara said, adding of his conversation with Acuna “there was something between him and me.”

Acuña remained in the game but was picked up at first base on a quick throw from Alcantara.

Alcantara took advantage of Acua being distracted while trying to adjust a sleeve on his left hand.

“I got that on my mind – quick pickoff,” said Alcantara.

turtle speed

Marlins second baseman Willians Estudillo, nicknamed La Tortuga – or The Turtle – to reflect his lack of speed, hit a single in fifth for Miami’s first hit.

Estudillo (5-foot-9, 225 pounds) then stole second base. This was his first attempt to steal the Major in five seasons with Minnesota and Miami.

instructor room

Marlins 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. (left hamstring pain) was ruled out for the fourth straight game. Mattingly stated that Chisholm was available off the bench, although he was not used. … RF Brian Anderson was dropped from Miami’s original lineup due to a lower back spasm.


Marlins RHP Alisair Hernández (2-4, 5.59 ERA), who allowed one run in five innings in a 4-3 home loss to the Braves on May 21, won Sunday’s series finale with LHP Max Fried (4-2, 3.27 ) will face.


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