By GEORGE HENRY
AP Sports activities Author
ATLANTA — Ronald Acuña Jr. nonetheless sees loads of room for enchancment because the Atlanta Braves maintain successful.
“We’re going to keep grinding and growing,” Acuña stated via a translator. “Baseball is all about highs and lows. It’s just part of it, but I think we’re going to keep doing our part and keep grinding and playing hard and hopefully we can keep winning.”
Dansby Swanson blooped a three-run single, Ozzie Albies added a grand slam in an eight-run seventh inning and the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 Saturday for his or her tenth consecutive win.
Acuña and Austin Riley additionally homered for the defending World Sequence champions, on their longest successful streak since they received 14 in a row from July 26 to Aug. 9, 2013. The Braves have been 10 1/2 video games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets earlier than play on June 2 and closed inside 6 1/2 video games by Saturday morning.
Pittsburgh has misplaced a season-worst 5 straight.
Atlanta trailed 4-2 earlier than the Braves batted round within the seventh in opposition to Duane Underwood Jr. (0-2) and Chris Stratton. Marcell Ozuna doubled, superior on Adam Duvall’s forceout and scored on Michael Harris II’s single earlier than Swanson’s opposite-field single to proper, which charged up the sellout crowd of 41,219 at Truist Park as Acuña scored from first.
“A play like that kind of shocks the defense because they don’t expect it on a ball like that,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “I know as soon as that ball was hit, he was in fourth gear.”
Albies’ fifth profession slam put the Braves forward 10-4.
“It ended up getting kind of ugly really fast,” Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton stated.
Jesse Chavez (1-1) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
Pittsburgh starter Zach Thompson, who had a 2.34 ERA over his prior seven begins, held the Braves to at least one hit and one stroll after surrendering a pair of solo homers within the first. Thompson was charged with three hits and two runs in 5 innings.
After the Pirates jumped to a 2-0 lead on homers by Bryan Reynolds and Daniel Vogelbach within the first, the Braves tied it when Acuña and Riley went deep within the backside half. Acuña hit his twenty fifth profession leadoff homer.
“I made one mistake, really, to Riley,” Thompson stated. “Acuña, you just tip your cap. It was a great piece of hitting, but I guess some reassurance that I was making really good pitches. I just needed to keep going out there and doing my thing.”
Pittsburgh constructed a 4-2 lead on RBI doubles within the fifth by Reynolds and Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Braves starter Charlie Morton struggled within the first inning once more, his 10.50 ERA worst amongst certified starters. He’s allowed 15 hits, 4 homers and eight walks within the first inning of 12 begins.
The 38-year-old Morton, who entered with a 6.86 ERA over his final 4 begins, registered a season-high 12 strikeouts however surrendered 5 hits and 4 runs in six innings. The double-digit strikeout sport was the twentieth of his profession and third of the season.
Morton has cherished watching his crew discover other ways to win over the past 11 days.
“I knew it was going to happen,” Morton stated. “I knew they were going to do it because I’ve seen it before. I’m looking around the clubhouse those guys are tight and they care about each other. There’s just too much talent and too good a chemistry.”
The Pirates have struck out at the least 10 instances in 5 straight video games.
Morton confronted Pittsburgh, the crew he pitched for from 2009-15, for the primary time in 303 profession begins. The final Braves pitcher to face an opponent within the common season for the primary time this late in his profession was John Smoltz in opposition to Cleveland in 2007. It was Smoltz’s 443rd sport.
Pirates LF Jack Suwinski made a tricky catch when he raced towards shallow left and dove ahead to rob Ozzie Albies of a success within the first. … Pittsburgh 2B Tucupita Marcano’s over-the-shoulder catch in shallow middle saved Adam Duvall from reaching within the second. … Riley jumped to snare Cal Mitchell’s liner on a troublesome play within the eighth.
RHP Kyle Wright (6-3, 2.39 ERA) pitches for Atlanta and LHP José Quintana (1-3, 3.19) goes for the Pirates because the groups wrap up a four-game collection. Wright, who will face the Pirates for the primary time in his profession, has a 1.69 ERA over his final 5 begins. Quintana is 2-1 with an 8.68 ERA in 4 profession begins in opposition to Atlanta.
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