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In short stint, Ronald Acuna Jr. helps Braves edge Phillies

Field Level Media
26 Sep 2022, 10:05 GMT+10

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit the go-ahead RBI single with one out in the 11th inning, and the Atlanta Braves went on to beat the host Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Sunday in a game delayed by rain for 2 hours, 9 minutes.

Acuna was held out of the starting lineup again with a sore back, but he entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and remained in the game.

Michael Harris II added an RBI single in the 11th to give the Braves an 8-6 lead, and Dansby Swanson had a home run, two singles and drove in three runs for the Braves (95-58), who won the final two games in this four-game series.

Atlanta's Travis d'Arnaud contributed two hits and an RBI and Eddie Rosario had two hits.

Braves starter Charlie Morton threw 4 2/3 innings and gave up six hits and six runs with four strikeouts and three walks. Morton reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season. Jackson Stephens (3-2) earned the win.

Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs and Alec Bohm added two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies (83-69), who have dropped two straight. J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI single in the 11th to pull the Phillies to 8-7. Nick Maton struck out swinging to end the game.

Brandon Marsh produced three hits and Rhys Hoskins two for the Phillies. Starter Kyle Gibson allowed seven hits and five runs with nine strikeouts and two walks in five innings. Andrew Bellatti (4-4) took the loss.

The Braves went ahead 2-0 in the first inning when d'Arnaud and Matt Olson each hit an RBI double.

Schwarber hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first for the Phillies, and Bohm added an RBI single. Jean Segura then produced an RBI groundout to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

In the second inning, Swanson hit an RBI single to tie the game at 3. Schwarber slammed his second homer of the game in the third -- his 42nd homer of the season -- for a 4-3 lead. Swanson hit a two-run homer in the fourth for a 5-4 advantage.

Bryce Harper and Bohm each hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Phillies regained a 6-5 lead.

--Field Level Media

William Contreras scored on a wild pitch by David Robertson with two outs in the eighth to tie the game at 6.

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