August 1, 2018 / 4:32 AM / 6 months ago

Acuna Jr. homers again as Braves beat Marlins

Two Atlanta rookies came up big on Tuesday.

Left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. homered for the second straight game and left-hander Kolby Allard won his major league debut, as the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 11-6 at SunTrust Park.

Acuna led off the game with a home run, his 11th, to give Allard an early lead. The lefty wound up pitching five innings for the win, the third straight for the Braves.

Allard (1-0) allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. The 20-year-old, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2015, struck out one. He also singled and scored a run.

Acuna was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs to pace Atlanta’s 19-hit attack. Acuna is seventh player in franchise history to hit double-digit home runs before turning 21.

Five other Braves had multi-hit games, with Ender Inciarte getting four, Freddie getting three, and Ozzie Albies, Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson each getting two hits.

Markakis had a two-run homer in the third inning, his 12th, and Johan Camargo hit a solo homer in the sixth, also his 12th. Kurt Suzuki had a clutch bases-loaded double that cleared the bases in the fourth inning to give the team an 8-2 lead.

Luke Jackson worked three scoreless innings for Atlanta and struck out four. Dan Winkler allowed a run in the ninth.

The losing pitcher was Dan Straily (4-5), who gave up eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Straily gave up two home runs and dropped his first decision in three starts against Atlanta this year.

Miami churned out 11 hits, one of them a long solo homer by J.T. Realmuto, his 14th. Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.

The game was delayed 87 minutes because of rain.

Atlanta improved to 8-3 against the Marlins and will conclude the three-game series on Wednesday.

The Braves made a pair of roster moves to make room for Allard and newly acquired outfielder Adam Duvall. They placed veteran right-hander Peter Moylan on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and optioned outfielder Michael Reed to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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