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Acuna hits 1st big league homer to lead Braves over Reds 7-4

Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. points to the camera while sitting in the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atl...

Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. points to the camera while sitting in the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atl...

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the major leagues, both homered and combined for five RBIs to lead Atlanta over the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Thursday and give the Braves a split of the four-game series.

A day after the 20-year-old Acuna made his big league debut, he homered into the left-field upper deck leading off the second inning, singled in the sixth and hit a tiebreaking double off Wandy Peralta (1-1) in the eighth following Freddie Freeman's third double.

Albies, a 21-year-old who made his debut last August, hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 4-0 lead and added an RBI double in the ninth.

Sam Freeman (1-1) retired all four batters he faced, and Arodys Vizcaino pitched a one-hit ninth for his second save. Cincinnati dropped to 5-20 for the first time in franchise history.

YANKEES 4, TWINS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Fernando Rodney (1-2), extending New York's winning streak to six and completing an 8-2 homestand. The Yankees were held hitless through five innings and trailed 3-0 before Aaron Hicks' sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Dellin Betances (1-1) struck out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth for his first win since June 27.

Minnesota completed an 0-7 trip and has lost eight straight to New York, including last year's AL wild-card game.

PIRATES 1, TIGERS 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit the first game-ending home run of his major league career, a disputed one-out drive in the ninth inning off Alex Wilson, (0-1). A fan reached over the 21-foot wall and caught the ball, and the home run was upheld in a video review.

Felipe Vazquez (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth when James McCann grounded into a forceout, Victor Martinez popped out and Jose Iglesias bounced into a forceout.

CARDINALS 4, METS 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a winning single in the 13th off Paul Sewald (0-1), and Tommy Pham had four hits and scored twice.

John Gant (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, pitched three perfect innings of relief for his second big league win.

St. Louis trailed 2-0 in the seventh and 3-2 in the 10th before Jose Martinez's tying double off Jeurys Familia.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, PHILLIES 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jarrod Dyson, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta homered as Arizona improved to 17-7 and matched the 2008 Diamondbacks for the best 24-game start in franchise history

Dyson hit a two-run homer in the first and Chris Owings added an RBI double off Ben Lively (0-2) for a 3-0 lead.

Matt Koch (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.


Updated : 2021-06-24 12:01 GMT+08:00