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ATLANTA — Ronald Acuña Jr. was excited that the Atlanta Braves gave the impression to be at full energy as they try and win a fifth straight division title.
Not so quick.
Second baseman Ozzie Albies, certainly one of Acuña’s shut associates on the staff, suffered a damaged finger and can miss the remainder of the common season, if no more.
“Obviously it’s great that we got the win — that’s the most important thing — but it’s really sad that Ozzie hurt himself again,” Acuña through a translator. “We need him. Like I said, it’s really sad.”
Acuña homered and drove in 4 runs off Aaron Nola and flashed some fancy protection in proper discipline, lifting the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night time.
The victory was dampened due to a damaged proper pinky finger sustained by Albies, who was injured sliding head-first safely into second base within the fourth inning. Albies, a two-time All-Star, had simply returned from an 81-game absence Friday due to a damaged left foot.
“I hate it for him because my heart breaks for him,” supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “After everything he went through to get back here and then have that happen, God it’s horrible for him. He was having so much fun, being the old Oz, playing ball. What he loves to do.”
Acuña went deep for the second straight recreation, making it 2-0 within the third and tagging Nola for a two-run double within the fourth. He ran ahead and stretched out to strand the bases loaded by robbing Bryce Harper of additional bases within the fifth with Atlanta main 4-0.
“Things going to back to normal,” Acuña stated. “I hope to keep feeling good.”
Atlanta improved to 67-28 since June 1, finest within the majors over that span. The defending World Sequence champion Braves remained one recreation behind the New York Mets within the NL East. They’ve gained seven straight at residence.
The Phillies are 59-34 since June 1, the fifth-best successful proportion over that very same span, however they misplaced their third straight after successful 5 in a row.
Nola (9-12) retired 5 of the primary six batters he confronted, the one blemish a one-out double by Travis d’Arnaud within the second, however he walked Albies to start the third and paid for it when Acuña hit an opposite-field shot 427 toes to right-center. Nola escaped additional injury when he obtained Michael Harris II to fly out to strand the bases loaded.
He bumped into extra bother within the fourth. William Contreras and Albies started with singles and superior on a flyout earlier than Acuña made it 4-0 with a double down the left-field line. Albies stayed within the recreation to run the bases however left within the prime of the fifth when Vaughn Grissom took over at second.
“I had guys on base in the third and fourth inning and Ronald hit a fastball away opposite-field,” Nola stated. “He put a good swing on it. Those two innings there, I hurt myself letting the leadoff guy get on. Other than that, I felt pretty good.”
Nola, making his 2 hundredth profession begin, set down his final 11 hitters — putting out the final three. He gave up 4 runs and 7 hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.
“It was a battle all night long,” Philadelphia interim supervisor Rob Thomson stated. “He kept going. Seven solid innings. He kept us in the game. Fought like hell, and I’m proud of him.”
The Phillies scored to make it 4-1 within the fifth towards Atlanta starter Jake Odorizzi when Bryson Stott walked, superior to 3rd on a single and crossed the plate on Matt Vierling’s sacrifice fly, sliding head-first throughout the plate to narrowly beat Acuña’s throw. Dylan Lee (4-1) gave up Kyle Schwarber’s single and walked Alec Bohm to load the bases for Harper, however Acuña ended the risk together with his nifty catch.
Philadelphia trimmed the result in 4-2 within the seventh when Stott singled off Collin McHugh and scored from first on Vierling’s double. The Phillies made it 4-3 within the eighth towards Raisel Iglesias on Bryson Stott’s RBI.
Braves nearer Kenley Jansen confronted the minimal within the ninth for his thirty fourth save in 41 probabilities.
Odorizzi retired the primary 10 batters he confronted with 5 strikeouts. He gave up two hits and one run in 4 2/3 innings.
The Braves have gained 10 of their final 13 video games towards Philadelphia at residence, outscoring the Phillies 71-43. Total the Braves are 31-17 towards Philadelphia at Truist Park, which opened in 2017.
However they’ll have to maneuver ahead with out Albies.
“He means a lot,” Acuña stated. “He’s a leader on this team. We need him. I’m just really sad for what happened.”
Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler will begin Wednesday towards Toronto as he returns from forearm tendinitis. … 1B Rhys Hoskins took batting follow within the cage and grounders to check his sore proper hand. Interim supervisor Rob Thomson stated he can be obtainable to pinch-hit if the swelling went down, however Hoskins wasn’t wanted. Thomson anticipates Hoskins might be again within the lineup Sunday. … INF Edmundo Sosa (hamstring) is predicted to spend three weeks on the injured listing.
LOTS OF FANS
The Braves introduced a crowd of 42,542, the thirty seventh sellout of the season.
Braves RHP Spencer Strider (10-5, 2.72 ERA) will face Phillies LHP Bailey Falter (5-3, 3.80) because the groups conclude a three-game collection.
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