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Tatis, Paddack lead Padres past Braves in twinbill opener

Tatis, Paddack lead Padres past Braves in twinbill opener

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run homer, starter Chris Paddack reversed his recent struggles and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheaderBy GEORGE HENRY AP Sports WriterJuly 21, 2021, 8:21 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATLANTA — Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run homer, starter Chris Paddack reversed his recent struggles and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.Tatis made it 3-0 in the fifth inning against reliever Shane Greene when his NL-leading 29th homer landed in the left-field seats. The All-Star shortstop has eight hits, seven runs scored and six RBIs in his last five games.Paddack (6-6), who had a 10.31 ERA in his last five appearances, worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and one strikeout.“I’m going to continue to build on this, continue to grow, continue to put my head down and tomorrow is day one of five days,” Paddack said. “I’m not trying to get ahead of myself here. We did a lot of great things today, but there’s still some improvements for my changeup. You know, 0-2 curveballs that we could’ve done a better job with. There’s always something you have to grow on.”All-Star closer Mark Melancon wrapped it up for the Padres in the seventh, earning his major league-leading 28th save in 32 chances.The Padres went ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Jurickson Profar doubled off the right-field wall with one out, advanced on Kyle Muller’s second wild pitch and scored on Ha-Seong Kim’s sacrifice fly.“I think my tempo was a little fast, so I was just rushing down the mound,” Muller said. “Early on my sliders were biting a little bit more because I had adrenaline and my arm speed was moving, but they flattened out and started spinning the opposite way as the game went on.“That’s something I need to control. I can’t go 90 pitches in four innings. That’s not good enough to help the team win right there.”Muller (1-3) allowed two hits and walked three, working out of jams in the first and third. Greene, who came on to start the fifth, saw his ERA increase to 10.38.The Braves got within 3-2 in the sixth against Drew Pomeranz when Freddie Freeman singled, advanced on Ozzie Albies’ double and scored on a passed ball. Albies scored on Austin Riley’s sacrifice fly.Paddack retired the first five batters he faced before Guillermo Heredia singled in the second. Kevan Smith got the second hit off Paddack in the bottom of the third but was stranded at third base.“The story for me today was Paddack and how good and how efficient he was,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “Using all the quadrants of the zone and just aggressive. I think he kind of set the tone. He got the win, but he put us in a good position at the end of the game. Overall, really nice to get this one.”San Diego had dropped four of six and began the day third in the NL West, 5 1/2 games back of first-place San Francisco. The Braves entered the doubleheader 3 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.SCORING WOESThe Braves have scored nine total runs in their last eight doubleheader games.FLASH THAT LEATHERProfar made a diving catch on a headfirst slide in center field to rob pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte in the fifth.UP NEXTBraves RHP Bryse Wilson (2-3, 5.34 ERA) faces RHP Reiss Knehr (0-0, 4.91) in the second game of the doubleheader. Wilson and Knehr were both called up from Triple-A to serve as their teams’ 27th man.RHP Charlie Morton (8-3, 3.69) will pitch opposite Matt Moore (0-1, 5.25) when Atlanta begins a four-game series at Philadelphia on Thursday. San Diego, which opens a four-game series at Miami, has yet to announce a starter and neither have the Marlins.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Padres-Braves rained out, doubleheader set for Wednesday

Padres-Braves rained out, doubleheader set for Wednesday

The game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres was postponed on Monday night because of rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on WednesdayBy GEORGE HENRY AP Sports WriterJuly 20, 2021, 12:32 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATLANTA — The game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres was postponed on Monday night because of rain and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.Wednesday’s first game will start at 12:20 p.m. as scheduled. The makeup game will begin at 5:20 p.m.Yu Darvish was supposed to start for San Diego, against Atlanta rookie Kyle Muller. The Padres were coming off a franchise-best, 41-run three-game series at Washington, but they had dropped three of five. San Diego began Monday in third place and five games out in the NL West.Atlanta, which won division titles the last three years, had dropped three of four and was in third place and four games out in the NL East. The Braves lost their best player, All-Star right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr., to a season-ending knee injury nine days ago and traded for Joc Pederson to fill his spot.Darvish was reinstated from the 10-day injured list earlier Monday and was supposed to make his first start since leaving July 8 against Washington with left hip inflammation. He skipped the All-Star Game because of the injury. Darvish is winless in four career starts against Atlanta, going 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA over a span of 17 2/3 innings.Darvish’s next start will come Tuesday and will be his 201st. Only three pitchers — Chris Sale (1,628), Pedro Martinez (1,600) and Nolan Ryan (1,574) — posted more strikeouts than Darvish (1,517) in their first 200 starts.Muller has never faced the Padres.San Diego has scored 5.45 runs per game on the road, 4.4 runs per game at home, a 1.05 differential that’s the biggest of any team this season.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres RHP Dinelson Lamet, on the injured list since June 27 with forearm fatigue, will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and a potentially live batting practice session Wednesday. The team hopes he can return by early August.ROSTER MOVESThe Braves optioned LHP A.J. Minter to Triple-A Gwinnett after he allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning and took the loss Sunday against Tampa Bay. Minter (1-4) has a 6.75 ERA over his last 17 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .342 in that span. … Atlanta called up Muller before the game to make his start, placed OF Ender Inciarte on the injured list with COVID-19 symptoms and recalled LHP Sean Newcomb from Gwinnett. … RHP Miguel Diaz was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to make room for Darvish.SERIESThe Braves have won the season series with San Diego in each of the last four years in which the two teams have played, going 18-9 against the Padres since 2016. Atlanta and San Diego did not face each other last season.UP NEXTBraves RHP Touki Toussaint, on the 60-day injured for most of the year with a shoulder strain suffered in spring training, was scheduled to make his season debut on Tuesday, but the team’s pitching plans are undecided with the rainout.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Alcantara, Cooper lift Marlins past Braves 3-2

Alcantara, Cooper lift Marlins past Braves 3-2

Sandy Alcantara pitched six strong innings, Garrett Cooper homered and drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports WriterJuly 4, 2021, 12:33 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATLANTA — Sandy Alcantara pitched six strong innings, Garrett Cooper homered and drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Saturday.Tempers were calm a day after Pablo López was ejected for hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. on his first pitch of the game. The Marlins got a big assist from Alcantara, who saved the bullpen from extra work a day after Miami had to use five relievers to cover nine innings.“It starts with Sandy,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He threw some pitches early, but to get through six was huge for us. Obviously our ’pen was a little bit out of gas.”Alcantara (5-7) walked the first two batters he faced and issued two free passes in the third, but didn’t allow a hit until Ozzie Albies singled with two outs in the third. He gave up one unearned run and five hits with four walks and four strikeouts, improving to 2-0 with a 2.68 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.Alcantara’s fastball hovered at 100 mph throughout his stay on the mound.“I was mad today because something happened last night with López,” Alcantara said. “I was just going to attack them. We know they are a really aggressive team, and I’ve got to use my fastball. I came from the bullpen with velo and you guys saw it.”Yimi Garcia earned his 13th save in 16 chances after facing four batters in the ninth. He got pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval to pop up and Acuña to strike out before Freddie Freeman singled. Albies lined out to end it.The Marlins led 2-0 in the third. Jon Berti singled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s single to right. Chisholm moved up on Starling Marte’s walk and scored on Cooper’s single.Cooper began the sixth with his seventh homer, taking rookie starter Kyle Muller deep into the right-field seats, making it 3-1.“I was trying to ambush him, honestly,” Cooper said. “I was looking for a first-pitch fastball. … I just put a good swing on it and thankfully it went out here. I don’t know if would’ve gone out in Miami, though.”Atlanta trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the fifth. Acuña reached on a fielding error by third baseman Berti, advanced to third on Freeman’s single and scored on a single by Albies, the NL leader with 59 RBIs.The Braves, who managed just two hits in Friday’s 1-0 win, scratched out a run in the seventh to pull within 3-2. A two-base fielding error by Miami left fielder Jesús Sanchez allowed pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza to reach. Adrianza advanced on a wild pitch by Dylan Floro and scored on Freeman’s single. Floro stranded two runners to escape further trouble.Muller (1-2), facing the Marlins for the first time, gave up four hits and three runs with four walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.“He never gave in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I love the way he competed. That was very impressive I think for a young guy … he got a little adversity and he hung in there and kept the game in check.”The three-time defending NL East champion Braves, at 40-42, were trying to reach .500 for the first time since June 8 and the sixth time this season. Atlanta, which had won 10 of 16, has yet to top .500 this season.Miami, last in the division, had dropped three of four.COMING UPBecause he threw only one pitch on Friday, López is in line to start early next week against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly wasn’t sure which day López will go.LOOKING BACKAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, López became the first pitcher to throw one pitch and take a loss since Baltimore’s Art Schallok did so on Aug. 3, 1955, against the Kansas City Athletics.TRADEMiami acquired RHP David Hess in a deal with Tampa Bay, which received RHP Justin Sterner and cash considerations. Jordan Holloway was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville.UP NEXTVeteran RHP Charlie Morton (7-3, 3.74 ERA) faces Miami RHP Zach Thompson (2-2, 1.50) in Sunday’s series finale. The 37-year-old Morton is 0-1 with an 8.20 ERA in two starts against the Marlins this year. Thompson will face the Braves for the second time in his career. He beat Atlanta with five scoreless innings on June 12.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Marlins hit Acuña with 1st pitch, 3 ejected; Braves win 1-0

Marlins hit Acuña with 1st pitch, 3 ejected; Braves win 1-0

ATLANTA — Marlins starter Pablo López insisted he wasn’t trying to plunk Ronald Acuña Jr. The umpiring crew didn’t agree.López was ejected after hitting Acuña with his very first pitch, leading to the only run as the Atlanta Braves edged Miami 1-0 Friday night.“We all know Acuña is a superstar,” López said. “We all know the things he does. You also don’t want to put him on base because he’s a guy that can steal 40-50 bases a year.”“But that was just a poorly executed sinker,” he said. “The ball just ran instead of sinking, and unfortunately hit him and that’s not what I want.”The Marlins have a history of hitting Acuña — this was the sixth time overall. Miami pitcher José Ureña was tossed after nailing him with his first pitch in Acuña’s rookie year of 2018 and López didn’t last any longer.López was ejected for nailing Acuña in the back of the left arm and manager Don Mattingly soon was tossed, too, for arguing on his pitcher’s behalf. They stayed on the field for a couple of minutes to plead their case with umpires.“It wasn’t on purpose,” Mattingly said. “We have zero issues with the Braves. We have zero issues with these guys. This is a past thing that happened three years ago.”Acuña said he wasn’t sure if the Marlins were trying to hit him again or not.“I don’t know, to be honest, just because of how many times it’s happened,” Acuña said through a translator. “Whether it was or whether it wasn’t doesn’t matter to me. My primary purpose and focus is that the team won.”Acuña has been hit five times in 52 regular-season games against the Marlins, including three times with their first pitch of the day. He also got hit in a playoff game against Miami last year.This time, Acuña advanced to third on Freddie Freeman’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ozzie Albies, the NL leader with 59 RBIs.Miami pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. was tossed by crew chief Dan Iassogna for arguing about López’s ejection after Freeman’s hit.Iassogna defended his decisions on the ejections.“I think if you followed baseball at all, you understand that there’s history between this team and Acuña specifically, but there was no heads up in place, no formal heads up in place for us prior to this game,” Iassogna said. “And understand this is one of the other things that we’re tasked to do is to keep control of the game.“And we felt, and I felt, that by ejecting the pitcher rather than putting a warning out, that would absolutely stop any retaliation or continuing to really start a beanball war throughout the game. And so we made the decision to eject. I ejected him, and we did not have a beanball war. Tonight, we had one ejection. We had one hit batter and we had an ejection.”López didn’t think his ejection was warranted.“It was pretty confusing,” López said. “You could tell by how Donnie and Mel came out of the dugout. They were pretty shocked by it, too. It was just, I don’t know. Like I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know what to do. It just caught me by surprise. It stings.”Atlanta got just two hits and still won its third in a row.Drew Smyly won his career-best fourth straight start for the three-time defending NL East champion Braves, who improved to 40-41.The game featured little offense as the Marlins managed four hits. Miami pitchers combined to retire 18 straight batters through the sixth before Albies reached on an infield single to begin the seventh.Ross Detwiler faced 10 batters in three innings in place of López (4-5), who threw only one pitch and was charged with the loss. Anthony Bender struck out the side in the fourth and fifth.Smyly (6-3) gave up three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He escaped a jam with runners on first and third in the fourth when Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play.Jesús Aguilar touched Smyly for a single in the second and another in the fourth. Smyly was done after Garrett Cooper singled in the sixth, and Luke Jackson entered to end a threat with runners on first and second when Aguilar flied out.A.J. Minter, the second Atlanta pitcher of the seventh, balked Miguel Rojas to second, but he escaped the jam when Rojas was tagged out rounding third on an infield single. Chris Martin picked off Starling Marte after walking him in the eighth.Braves closer Will Smith pitched in the ninth to convert a shaky 17th save in 19 chances. The bases were loaded when Jon Berti popped up and pinch-hitter Sandy León flied out to end it.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: SS José Devers, sidelined with right shoulder impingement since mid-June, will begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Jacksonville.Braves: C Travis d’Arnaud (left thumb sprain) is wearing a removable cast and “is right where he should be right now,” manager Brian Snitker said. He’s doing the workouts, hitting one-handed and throwing. “It’s getting stronger by the day, I think that’s the biggest thing,” Snitker added. D’Arnaud is not expected back until next month.UP NEXTMiami is switching spots for RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-7, 3.12 ERA) and RHP Zach Thompson with Alcantara pitching Saturday and Thompson on Sunday. Thompson was originally slated as Friday’s starter, but López got pushed back by Thursday’s rainout in Philadelphia.LHP Kyle Muller (1-1, 2.70) will pitch Saturday for Atlanta with Charlie Morton going Sunday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Freeman lifts Braves over Mets in 9th despite deGrom 14 Ks

Freeman lifts Braves over Mets in 9th despite deGrom 14 Ks

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman just wanted another chance after striking out four times.The reigning NL MVP singled home the winning run with a low line drive that deflected off reliever Seth Lugo in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night despite 14 strikeouts by Mets ace Jacob deGrom.“When you’re having the game that I was having, you want another opportunity,” Freeman said. “Just a great inning after they scored that run in the top of the ninth. That was a huge win for us.”Dominic Smith homered twice for the Mets, including a tying solo shot off closer Will Smith in the top of the ninth.Austin Riley hit a two-run homer as Atlanta scored three times in the first against deGrom, who recovered to throw seven innings and retire his final 18 batters.“It’s a good job by Riley there,” deGrom said. “I saw that he took the first two fastballs and swung at the slider, which wasn’t great, so it was like maybe if I go off here with a fastball I can get him. He was able to get the bat to the ball. It was a tough one because of that. I didn’t make too many mistakes, but the one pitch that gave them the lead there was a pitch where he beat me to that spot.”With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Freeman shook off his earlier strikeouts by drilling the ball up the middle off Lugo’s foot. It ricocheted to third baseman Luis Guillorme, whose throw to first was too late as the winning run scored.It appeared Guillorme — if he had thought quickly in the moment — might have been able to scoop up the ball, change direction and step on third in time for a forceout that would have kept the game tied. That’s what Lugo was shouting at the third baseman to do, but Guillorme fired off balance to first on a difficult play.“It’s tough,” Lugo said. “I was trying to yell at him, but it was pretty loud out there. I understand it’s tough to hear and to be able to make that reaction in real time, but that’s just the way it goes.”The ninth began with Guillermo Heredia reaching second on a throwing error by Lugo (1-1). He fielded the soft single in the grass and fell down as he made a wild throw to first. After Heredia advanced on a groundout and Lugo issued two walks, Freeman came through.Dominic Smith had his first career multi-homer game came, hitting a solo shot off Braves starter Ian Anderson in the seventh to trim the lead to 3-2 and a drive off Will Smith (2-5) in the ninth that made it 3-all.The Mets had won eight consecutive starts by deGrom, the major league leader with a 0.95 ERA, but the loss was their fourth in five games and 11th in 17 overall.New York, in first place since May 8, has a two-game lead over Washington in the NL East. The three-time defending division champion Braves pulled within 3 1/2 games of the lead after taking two of three in the series.“It’s frustrating,” deGrom said. “You definitely wanted to come in and win a series and you weren’t able to do it. … It’s definitely frustrating the way we lost in the ninth with the ball not leaving the infield.”DeGrom allowed three runs — his most all season — with no walks. The two-time Cy Young Award winner left for a pinch-hitter to begin the eighth. He gave up five hits to the first eight batters he faced and none after.Anderson permitted three hits and two runs with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.New York led 1-0 in the first when Francisco Lindor walked, stole second and scored on Michael Conforto’s single.Atlanta tied it in the bottom half. Ehire Adrianza, filling in after Ronald Acuña Jr. was a late scratch, led off with a triple down the right-field line after fouling a ball off his right foot and scored on Ozzie Albies’ single. It was the first earned run on the road that deGrom has allowed this season.Riley followed with his 14th homer, the first time deGrom has been taken deep by a right-handed batter this year, to make it 3-1.“When he’s doing that, that kid has a chance to do a lot of damage,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: Manager Luis Rojas said LHP David Peterson will miss his next scheduled start. Peterson was “very tight” after leaving Wednesday’s outing with right side soreness. … RHP Carlos Carrasco, sidelined since March with a torn right hamstring, is throwing full side sessions, but Rojas said there was no immediate timetable for Carrasco to ramp up activities.Braves: Acuña was taken out of the lineup less than 20 minutes before the first pitch. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.BAT COOLS OFFDeGrom began the night hitting .414 in 29 at-bats this year, but he went 0 for 2 after entering with as many RBIs (six) as earned runs allowed.WHIFFSFreeman was 0 for 4 and stranded five runners with four strikeouts before the ninth. Three of his 12 four-strikeout games have come against the Mets.UP NEXTRHP Taijuan Walker (6-3, 2.38 ERA) faces LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 4.06) as the Mets open the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.The Braves will start LHP Drew Smyly (5-3, 4.79 ERA) opposite RHP Zach Thompson (2-2, 1.50) as Atlanta and Miami begin a three-game set at Truist Park.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

McCann, Lindor come through, Mets rally past Braves 4-3

McCann, Lindor come through, Mets rally past Braves 4-3

James McCann hit a tying three-run homer off Charlie Morton in the four-run seventh inning, Francisco Lindor followed four batters later by singling in the go-ahead run off ABy GEORGE HENRY AP Sports WriterJune 30, 2021, 3:40 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATLANTA — James McCann hit a tying three-run homer off Charlie Morton in the four-run seventh inning, Francisco Lindor followed four batters later, singling in the go-ahead run off A.J. Minter, and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night.Morton had pitched 20 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings before McCann took him deep into the seats in left-center with no outs to make it 3-all. Minter (1-3) entered and gave up a one-out double to pinch-hitter José Peraza and a two-out single by Lindor to put the Mets up 4-3.“You had to commit to one pitch, and I think that’s what the guys did in the seventh,” New York manager Luis Rojas said. “McCann sat on that pitch and he got it and delivered the three-run homer. Peraza was great off the bench off the lefty and then Lindor with a clutch two-out hit.”Ozzie Albies hit a three-run homer off New York starter Tylor Megill for the three-time defending NL East champion Braves, who fell 5½ games back in the division.Edwin Díaz recorded his 17th save in 18 chances by retiring pinch-hitters Ehire Adrianza and Pablo Sandoval on flyouts before getting Ronald Acuña Jr. to pop up in the ninth.The Mets have occupied first place in the NL East since May 8, but they had dropped nine of 14 and have a three-game lead over surging Washington. New York had scored one run off starting pitchers over the last six games before McCann hit his seventh homer.“It’s not one guy who comes up with big hits over and over,” McCann said. “It’s a whole team effort. You can really go up and down the lineup and this guy’s gotten a big hit here, this guy’s gotten a big hit there. We truly believe in each other and we truly believe that any given day any guy can get the job done. We pull for each other and we have each other’s backs.”Drew Smith (3-1) earned the win after facing five batters in the sixth.Morton faced trouble in the seventh when Dominic Smith began the inning with a single and advanced on a walk to Kevin Pillar, but the Mets, who rank last in the major leagues in runs scored, quickly rallied on Lindor’s single.Morton allowed five hits, three runs and one walk with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings. The 37-year-old was bidding for his third straight scoreless start.“He went 78 pitches,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Morton as he entered the seventh. “I was kind of hoping maybe he may go out there and do two more even. It wasn’t tough at all (to stick with him).”Megill gave up five hits, three runs and two walks with eight strikeouts in five innings. He allowed a two-out single in the fifth to Acuña, who advanced to third on Freddie Freeman’s single. Albies followed by going deep for the 13th time, his ball landing in the Braves’ bullpen in right-center, and Atlanta led 3-0.Morton began the game by hitting Jeff McNeil with a pitch. McNeil advanced on a sacrifice bunt, but got no farther as Morton retired the next 10 batters he faced. Michael Conforto singled with one out in the fourth for the Mets’ first hit, and Morton struck out Smith to end the inning.Megill, who struck out the side in the first, escaped a jam in the second. Austin Riley singled to begin the inning, advanced on a walk and moved to third on a flyout, but failed to score when left fielder Smith made a diving catch to his left.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: Rojas said the team had two players starting rehab assignments at Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday — RHP Jeurys Familia (right hip impingement) was expected to throw an inning with Tomas Nido (right wrist contusion) catching. 3B J.D. Davis (left hand sprain) is expected to begin an assignment Wednesday and INF Jonathan Villar (right calf strain) potentially Thursday.Braves: LHP Max Fried will return to the rotation Wednesday after missing one turn with a blister on his index finger. Snitker said the blister has completely healed.ROSTER MOVEThe Mets recalled rookie LHP Thomas Szapucki from Triple-A Syracuse before the game and designated RHP Jerad Eickhoff for assignment.UP NEXTFried (4-4, 4.21) faces LHP David Peterson (2-5, 4.95) as the teams play the second game of a three-game series. Fried is 3-2 2.73 ERA in nine career starts and six relief appearances against New York. Peterson is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Wainwright pitches 3-hitter, Cards top Braves 9-1 in opener

Wainwright pitches 3-hitter, Cards top Braves 9-1 in opener

Adam Wainwright struck out 11 and pitched a three-hitter, sending the St. Louis Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves 9-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheaderBy GEORGE HENRY AP Sports WriterJune 20, 2021, 9:36 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleATLANTA — Adam Wainwright was proud to pitch the 26th complete game of his career, no matter how long it went.“I’ll take them however they give them to me,” he said. “If the next one is a five-inning rainout, I’ll take that one, too. I like going the distance. That’s a notch on the belt. That’s what we strive to do.”Wainwright struck out 11 and pitched a three-hitter in going the full seven innngs, sending the St. Louis Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves 9-1 Sunday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer off Bryse Wilson in the first and Paul Goldschmidt added a three-run shot off Josh Tomlin in the fifth.The 39-year-old Wainwright (5-5) didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, when Freddie Freeman singled.Wainwright struck out slugger Ronald Acuña Jr. with a runner at second to end the fifth and St. Louis leading 6-1. With his second complete game this season, Wainwright tied Justin Verlander for most overall among active pitchers.Wainwright reversed a trend in which he was 1-2 with an 8.20 in four road starts this year. He also improved to 8-0 in 10 doubleheader starts.The Brunswick, Georgia, native had plenty of support in the stands.“I set out today to pitch the entire game and got that done, especially against the Braves,” Wainwright said. “I had a bunch, a bunch, a bunch of people in the stands today. A lot of people were rooting for me. I appreciate it.”After rain postponed Saturday’s game to force the doubleheader, the Cardinals snapped a six-game road losing streak, their longest under fourth-year manager Mike Shildt.St. Louis had scored only 10 runs in its last seven games and was held to six hits and one run in the first two games of this four-game series before breaking loose.The Braves, who play another doubleheader Monday at the New York Mets, have dropped seven of 10.Tommy Edman singled off Wilson (2-3) to begin the first and stole second base to set up Arenado, who snapped a 0-for-20 slump with his 13th homer. Tyler O’Neill doubled to start the fourth and scored on Yadier Molina’s single.Goldschmidt’s 10th homer came on Tomlin’s first pitch.Braves manager Brian Snitker has marveled at Wainwright throughout the right-hander’s long, successful career.“It’s amazing,” Snitker said. “He’s bouncing around there like he’s 20 years old. He’s done a great job of keeping himself together through a lot of adversity. He’s had injuries, too. The Achilles, the elbow, the whole thing — man, I told him five or six years ago that I hate it when he pitches against us, but it’s fun to watch him pitch. He can pitch.”TRAINER’S ROOMSnitker had no update on the status of LHP Tucker Davidson, who avoided Tommy John surgery last week after being diagnosed with a forearm strain. “He’s in that shutdown phase where they’re just going to cool everything down for a while,” Snitker said.STREAK STOPSAcuña went 0 for 3 to snap the major leagues’ longest current on-base streak at 26 straight games.UP NEXTDrew Smyly (3-3, 5.63 ERA) will face St. Louis for the second time in his career in the nightcap. Kwang Hyun Kim is facing Atlanta for the first time. … Braves RHP Ian Anderson (4-3, 3.58) and LHP Kyle Muller (0-0, 18.00) are set to start Monday’s doubleheader for Atlanta in a yet-to-be-determined order. … The Cardinals are off Monday. Johan Oviedo will start Tuesday’s game at Detroit.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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