MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Miami0 3 1 4 0 3 3 0 0 14171
Atlanta3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 8110
  W: J. Curtiss (1-0)   L: M. Fried (0-1)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)5:20 PM CT, April 13, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 12,036

Marlins aim to keep offense in gear vs. Braves

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Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves won six of 10 games against the Marlins in 2020 but had a +24 run differential thanks to a 20-run win and a 10-run win. Atlanta's 35-13 record against Miami since 2018 is the third-best mark by any team against a division foe over that span and the best by a National League team.
  2. The Marlins split two games with the Mets before their Sunday rubber match was suspended in the first inning. Miami has three home runs in eight games this season, with all three home runs coming in the Marlins' two victories.
  3. The Braves won two of three games against the Phillies over the weekend. Atlanta slugged .592 with seven home runs in this series with Philadelphia after slugging a combined .319 with seven home runs over the first two series (six games) of the season.
  4. Sandy Alcantara tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his last start, April 6 against the Cardinals. Alcantara has a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts through two starts, the first Marlins pitcher with 17+ strikeouts through the first two starts of a season since Jose Fernandez in 2016 (18).
  5. Huascar Ynoa allowed just two hits and no runs in a 5.0-inning start against Washington on April 7. Ynoa has allowed four hits and no runs in his last 8.0 innings following a four-hit three-run first inning against the Marlins on September 21, 2020. Ynoa has not allowed a home run to the last 104 batters faced.
  6. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 9-for-13 with two home runs and three doubles in the three-game series with the Phillies. Acuna's 2.027 OPS over the three games is the third highest by any batter in a three-game series this season (minimum nine plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2021 thru 4/15/2021

The resurgence of the Garrett Cooper may be just what the Miami Marlins' sagging offense needs to back up the team's stellar pitching staff.

Cooper broke out of a four-game hitless streak and finds himself on a roll as the visiting Marlins take on the Atlanta Braves in the second contest of a four-game series on Tuesday.

Cooper had gone 0-for-11 in the previous four games before collecting three hits in Miami's 5-3 win on Monday. He doubled home two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning and knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the 10th.

Cooper lifted his average to .240 and now has six RBIs. He looked more like the guy who hit .425 in 16 Grapefruit League games.

The five-run outburst was the second-most scored by Miami this season. The Marlins had totaled only eight runs in their previous five games.

Miami will bid to win its third straight game on Tuesday when it sends right-hander Pablo Lopez (0-1, 1.54 ERA) to the mound to face Atlanta southpaw Max Fried (0-0, 9.00).

Lopez will make his third start of the season. He took the loss in his last outing on Wednesday against St. Louis, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He limited the Cardinals to three hits and two walks with six strikeouts, but surrendered a two-run homer to Yadier Molina on his final pitch of the game.

Lopez has made eight career starts against the Braves, going 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA. He faced the Braves three times in 2020 and went 2-1 with a 6.39 ERA. That included a five-inning scoreless stint in his final regular-season appearance.

"We take great pride to just take the mound every five days, and on that fifth day, when we take the mound, our mentality is to try to give our team a chance, which is always the goal every single outing," Lopez said. "That's what we're trying to do, and we have the weapons to give ourselves good options to put ourselves in good counts, and when you're in good counts, a lot of good things are going to happen."

Fried, who went 7-0 last season, is coming off one of his worst starts when he was tagged for five runs on eight hits in two innings on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. Fried left the game shortly after being hit in the right calf by a sharp bouncer off the bat of Juan Soto.

"Obviously, I wasn't necessarily as effective as I wanted to be," Fried said. "But I'm happy the team was able to pick me up and get the win."

In six career starts against the Marlins, Fried is 0-1 with a 5.13 ERA. He made two starts against Miami last season and he did not record a decision while registering a 2.45 ERA over 7 1/3 innings.

Atlanta's offense continues to be fueled by right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who was 1-for-2 with a triple, three walks and two runs scored in the series opener. Acuna, who has 10 extra-base hits on the season, has 15 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.577) after starting the season 2-for-12.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 13, 2021

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