Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman homered in the bottom of the 7th to break a 3 – 3 tie, and the Braves take their 2nd straight series, 2 games to 1. Coupled with a Phillies loss to the Rockies, the Braves open up a 4.5 game lead in the NL East with 3 weeks to play.
Max Fried allowed only 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7, but one of the hits was a Jesus Sanchez 460′ homer to dead center field in the 2nd, and the other 3 hits were bunched in the 6th, leading to the final 2 Marlins runs.
Eddie Rosario put the Braves in front in the 4th with a 2 run homer, and the Braves added a run in the 5th on a Jorge Soler double and Travis d’Arnaud single. d’Arnaud getting the start in a day game after a night game with an off day coming on Monday, and besides, September.
Fried did not help himself in the 6th defensively. A Lewin Diaz triple and a Miguel Rojas single cut the lead to 3 – 2. From there, Max bobbled a potential double play ball on a Jazz Chisholm bunt and failed to record an out on the play, then his foot failed to find first base on a potential 3-6-1 double play. All the runs were charged as earned, as Chisholm was awarded a sacrifice despite the probability the Braves get the out at 2nd if his bunt was fielded cleanly.
Since his complete game shutout against the Orioles, Fried has gone exactly 6 innings in 4 consecutive starts, each without a decision.
The homers were Freddie’s and Ozzie’s 30th and 28th respectively, and Rosario is now up to 10. Ozzie was the only Brave with 2 hits, and Max legged out an infield single.
Jacob Webb wiped up the bottom of the Marlins order in the 7th; Alex Jackson, Eddy Alvarez, and Lewan Diaz batting .127, .167, and .140 respectively. Luke Jackson shut down the top of the lineup in the 8th.
Whenever there’s a series where the Braves bullpen keeps trying to remind us we have no one better than Will Smith, Smith keeps moving the bar. Hancock worked around a lead off triple by Sanchez and a 1 out walk to Isan Diaz to escape the 9th without a run. To be fair to Smith and to Fried, Joc Pederson played both triples into triples by getting caught to close to the wall.
Because I feel like it, I’ll note the Nationals are 17.5 games out of first.