Austin Riley went 3 – 3 with a homer and a walk, and the Braves end the road trip on a winning note.
Riley singled in 2 runs in the top of the 1st as the Braves opened a 3 – 0 lead, and his opposite field homer in the 3rd pushed the lead to 4 – 0. Riley’s 5th inning walk led to a 5 – 0 lead, scoring on Kevan Smith‘s single.
Drew Smyly cruised through 4 innings before allowing 2 runs in the 5th on 3 singles and a wild pitch. He ended the day after that 5th, allowing 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 6.
The Braves added some breathing room on Ender Inciarte‘s solo homer in the 6th. Inciarte was replacing Ronald Acuna Jr. who was removed for precautionary reasons with right pectoral tightness. He’s not expected to miss any further time.
A.J. Minter was charged with the game’s final 2 runs in the 7th. With 1 out, Isan Diaz accepted the Braves invitation to have a free base by dropping a bunt single against the shift. Jazz Chisholm doubled him to 3rd. They both scored on Starling Marte‘s single off Luke Jackson. Jackson retired the next 2 hitters to stick the double Grybo.