Nine ball in the corner pocket. The Braves sweep 3 from the Orioles and run the table on the 9 game road trip.
All the scoring came in the 4th inning. Jorge Soler hit a 1 out solo homer, and after a Freddie Freeman double and a Dansby Swanson walk, Adam Duvall‘s 2 out double concluded Atlanta’s scoring. The Orioles responded in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double by Trey Mancini and a 2 out double by Ramon Urias. Soler and Duvall had 2 hits apiece.
There are no foregone conclusions in baseball, but the last 5 innings felt as close to one as is liable to come along. The Braves have now won 16 out of their last 18, and the Orioles have lost 18 in a row. The game wound down with that kind of energy.
Touki Toussaint lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5. The bullpen allowed 3 hits over the remaining 4 2/3. A.J. Minter got his 2 guys to close out the 6th, and Luke Jackson struck out the side in the 8th. Will Smith worked around Urias’s 2nd double to pick up his 28th save.
The Braves remain 5 games ahead of the Phillies. Atlanta is clearly better than Washington, Miami, and Baltimore at this point. The Yankees come to town on Monday; Huascar Ynoa and Jordan Montgomery scheduled.