Grissom drives in go-ahead run as Braves rally past Marlins
ATLANTA (AP) — Vaughn Grissom had two hits, including a single to drive in the go-ahead run in Atlanta's four-run eighth inning, and the Braves rallied to overcome a strong start by Miami's Sandy Alcantara and beat the Marlins 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Dylan Floro (1-1) blew a 4-2 lead in the eighth, which began with Matt Olson’s seventh homer. Grissom's single to right field drove in Eddie Rosario, who tripled, for a 5-4 lead. Marcell Ozuna's grounder was fielded by Floro in front of the mound, but Floro's wild throw past catcher Jacob Stallings for an error allowed Ozzie Albies to score.
Alcantara was sharp in his return after missing one start with right biceps tendinitis, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alcantara, the 2022 NL Cy Young Award winner, faded in the sixth, when he allowed both runs.
Miami's Jesús Sánchez blasted a 437-foot homer off Bryce Elder over the second-deck restaurant in right field in the second inning. Jazz Chisholm Jr. added a 428-foot homer to the second level of seats in left field in the third, and Avisaíl García homered to open the fourth.
Ronald Acuña Jr. led off the sixth with a line-drive homer to left-center for Atlanta's first run off Alcantara, who couldn't make it through the inning.
Austin Riley doubled before Alcantara walked Rosario and Albies to load the bases. Grissom's single to left field off Huascar Brazoban drove in Riley, but García threw out Rosario, who was trying to score from second, at the plate.
Elder had not allowed a homer in 23 2/3 innings over his first four starts before allowing a season-high four runs on five hits, including three homers, in 5 1/3 innings. Elder was pulled after loading the bases in the sixth. Michael Tonkin walked Jon Berti to force in a run.
Tonkin (2-1) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Elder. A.J. Minter pitched the ninth for his fifth save in eight chances.
Marlins: 2B Luis Arráez (bruised left knee) returned as the cleanup hitter after missing three games. Manager Skip Schumaker said he wanted the left-handed hitting Arráez to fit between two righties, Jorge Soler and García, in the lineup. ... IF Joey Wendle (strained right intercostal) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday with Triple-A Jacksonville.
Braves: RHP Joe Jiménez was placed on the paternity list. LHP Danny Young was recalled only two days after being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... OF Michael Harris II (strained lower back) was expected to play seven innings in his first injury rehab game with Gwinnett on Wednesday night. He has been on the injured list since April 7.
Marlins LHP Braxton Garrett (1-0, 2.84 ERA) will face Braves RHP Kyle Wright (0-1, 5.93) on Thursday as the four-game series concludes.
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Charles Odum, The Associated Press