2018-04-26 / State/National Sports

Braves’ prospect makes memorable debut


Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. advanced to third on a single by Dansby Swanson during the eighth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday in Cincinnati. 
AP Photo by JOHN MINCHILLO Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. advanced to third on a single by Dansby Swanson during the eighth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday in Cincinnati. AP Photo by JOHN MINCHILLO Braves 5, Reds 4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Prized prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. singled and scored the tying run in the eighth inning of his big league debut as Atlanta beat Cincinnati.

The 20-year-old Acuna became the youngest player in the majors when he was called up from Triple-A before the game. He went 1 for 5 and played left field.

Ozzie Albies, the secondyoungest player in the bigs at 21, homered for Atlanta. He was hit by a pitch to begin the ninth and later scored on the go-ahead run on Johan Camargo’s second double of the game.

Dan Winkler (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and A.J. Minter worked the ninth for his first career save.

Kevin Shackelford (0-1) took the loss in his first appearance of the season since coming off the disabled list. The Reds dropped to 5-19, matching the 1931 team for the worst 24-game start in club history.

Marlins 8, Dodgers 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Richards outpitched Clayton Kershaw just months removed from working as a substitute elementary school teacher, and Miami took advantage of a wild outing from the Dodgers ace.

Richards struck out 10 and pitched one-hit ball over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his fifth major league start. The former independent league righthander was pulled after throwing 100 pitches.

Richards’ offseason jobs have included teaching and working for the MillerCoors brewery since going undrafted out of Drury University. He joined a Marlins’ Class A affiliate in 2016 after being noticed while pitching for Gateway of the independent Frontier League for two seasons.

J.T. Realmuto homered twice and Miguel Rojas went deep to help Miami capitalize on an unusually wild night by Kershaw (1-4). The left-hander tied a career high with six walks, and left after allowing three runs in five innings.

Relievers Merandy Gonzalez (1-0) got his first career win.

Brewers 6, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin and the Milwaukee bullpen pitched the Brewers to their eighth consecutive victory.

Chacin (2-1) did not allow a hit until two outs in the fourth. Brewers relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, running their streak to 28 straight.

The Brewers scored all they needed off Jason Hamel (0-2) in the fourth on two hits, a walk, an error and a pair of sacrifice flies. Only three of the runs were earned after outfielder Jorge Soler dropped a would-be flyout to the groans of about 5,000 fans that braved the cold, wet weather.

Phillies 5, D-Backs 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta outpitched Zack Greinke, Aaron Altherr hit a go-ahead three-run homer and Philadelphia topped Arizona.

Arrieta (3-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in seven innings. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth after walking in a run.

Adam Morgan and Luis Garcia combined for a scoreless eighth and Hector Neris finished for his fifth save in six tries.

The Diamondbacks had won eight straight games in Philadelphia, dating to 2016.

Greinke (2-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out nine.

Nationals 15, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trea Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Washington broke out of an offensive funk in a big way, routing San Francisco to end a four-game skid.

Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBIs as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18). Max Scherzer (5-1) struck out 10 in six innings.

Adams had an RBI single as part of a three-run first and put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth.

Cardinals 9, Mets 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell

Ozuna hit a tiebreaking two-run single and Michael Wacha won his fourth straight start for St. Louis.

Jedd Gyorko added a tworun homer for the Cardinals, which has won nine of 11.

Ozuna had just one hit in his previous 24 at-bats prior to a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run third inning.

Wacha (4-1) gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Steven Matz (1-2) gave up seven runs, just three earned, over 3 1/3 innings. The Mets have dropped six of 10 after an 11-1 start to the season.

Rockies 5, Padres 2

DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray struck out 11 in six innings and David Dahl lined a two-run triple, lifting Colorado past San Diego.

Gray (2-4) allowed three hits and walked one to break his three-game slide.

The Rockies took two of three for their first home series win of the season.

Tyson Ross (2-2) allowed four runs in four innings and struck out seven as he dropped to 0-6 lifetime at Coors Field.

Pirates 8, Tigers 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Osuna, called up from the minor to serve as an extra player for the second game of a doubleheader, hit a three-run homer to give Pittsburgh a split.

Chad Kuhl (3-1) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings. Matthew Boyd (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

In the first game, Nicholas Castellanos had four hits and a key home run. The teams combined for 34 hits, including four from Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and three from Jeimer Candelario, who scored five runs.

Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli had three hits and a career-high six RBIs.

Daniel Stumpf (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first major league win. Shane Greene pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save in six opportunities.

Jameson Taillon (2-2) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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