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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 14, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 12,480

Marlins, riding an offensive surge, look to topple Braves again

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According to STATS

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 Miami Marlins hope to keep their newfound offensive momentum going on Wednesday when they shoot for their fourth straight win in Atlanta against the Braves.

The Marlins are on a three-game winning streak after claiming the first two contests of the four-game series against Atlanta. Miami outslugged the Braves 14-8 on Tuesday night, producing a season high in runs and hits (17).

Much of the damage on Tuesday came from left fielder Adam Duvall, who was 4-for-5, including a pair of home runs. He also scored four runs and matched a club record with seven RBIs.

Duvall hit 16 homers as a member of the Atlanta team that won the National League East last season, but the Braves let him become a free agent to make room for Cristian Pache, the organization's top prospect. The Marlins signed Duvall, and his bat has come to life this week. He has three homers in the series and raised his batting average from .160 to .267 on Tuesday.

"I have no doubt in my mind that I'm going to get going," Duvall said before the series began. "I would love for it to come right now and I'm going to do everything I can to do that."

Miami has had a different hero in each game. In the series-opening win on Monday it was right fielder Garrett Cooper, who had three hits and drove in three runs.

"I'm looking forward to us getting into a groove," Duvall said. "Up and down the lineup, hitting is contagious. You can find yourself piggy backing off of other guys and getting everybody going."

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker made a change to the lineup on Tuesday and moved Freddie Freeman into the No. 2 spot, where he hit much of last season. Freeman had two hits.

"We got Freddie up in some good situations," Snitker said. "I like the flow of (the new lineup) and how it felt a lot."

The pitching matchup for the third game of the series features a pair of right-handers -- Atlanta veteran Charlie Morton (1-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. Miami rookie Nick Neidert (0-0, 2.08).

Neidert will be making his second start of the season. He made his debut on Thursday against the New York Mets and allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings on three hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Neidert grew up in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Suwanee and was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in December 2017 as part of a trade involving outfielder Dee Gordon.

Neidert made one relief appearance against the Braves in 2020. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one batter.

The 37-year-old Morton worked six innings in his last start, a win over Philadelphia on Friday. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk and struck out seven.

Morton did not face the Marlins last season. In 13 career starts against Miami, Morton is 7-4 with a 3.77 ERA.

The Braves had to place Pache on the injured list with a left groin strain. They also announced pitcher Max Fried will have an MRI on his right hamstring, which he aggravated while running the bases on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 14, 2021

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