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Atlanta0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 461
Miami3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 x 7120
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  W: P. López (5-5)   L: I. Anderson (5-5)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, July 11, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 9,456

With Ronald Acuna Jr. lost for season, Braves move on vs. Marlins

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Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

  1. The Marlins have won six of 10 meetings with Atlanta this year, including two of three at home. They haven't won a season series with the Braves since going 10-9 in 2014.
  2. Despite being 10 games under .500 and in last place in the NL East, Miami has the division's best run differential at +20. Miami has 19 one-run losses this year, second most in MLB to Arizona's 20.
  3. Atlanta avoided a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh with Wednesday's 14-3 win. Two of the Braves' four double-digit wins this season have come against the Pirates (also 20-1 on May 21).
  4. Ronald Acuna Jr. is tied for the MLB lead with 70 runs. That's the most runs by a Braves player through his first 80 games in a season since Dale Murphy had 76 in 1983 en route to the NL MVP.
  5. Charlie Morton's only loss in his last 10 starts came on June 11 at Miami (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB). Morton has a 54-21 (.720) record since the start of 2017, the second-highest win percentage in baseball (Clayton Kershaw, 44-17, .721; minimum 50 decisions).
  6. Adam Duvall is tied for first in the NL with 60 RBI, while Jesus Aguilar is tied for fifth with 58. The only NL teammate duo with as many combined RBI is the Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. (60) and Manny Machado (59).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/9/2021 thru 7/11/2021

The Atlanta Braves begin the rest of their season without All-Star right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. when they play the host Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Acuna tore his right ACL in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday's win and will have season-ending surgery. Acuna, 23, is expected to miss 9-10 months, according to ESPN.

"It's a tough break for our team and for him," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

The Acuna injury is unfortunately fitting for the Braves, who have won three straight National League East crowns but haven't had the type of first half to the 2021 season that they were expecting.

That's why their goal for the game on Sunday -- aside from avoiding more injuries -- is quite simple.

"Going into the (All-Star) break, we're trying to finish strong," Braves third baseman Austin Riley said. "(The first half) has been a grind for sure."

Sunday's pitching matchup will feature a pair of right-handers: Miami's Pablo Lopez (4-5, 2.94 ERA) and Atlanta's Ian Anderson (5-4, 3.27 ERA).

Lopez, who is on track for a career-best ERA, is 0-2 with a 14.14 ERA in three starts against the Braves this season. In 11 career starts versus Atlanta, Lopez is 2-6 with a 5.85 ERA.

His most recent start against the Braves, on July 2, was infamous as he threw one pitch, hitting Acuna, before he was ejected.

The Marlins hit Acuna again this past Friday, although it was a breaking ball. The hit-by-pitch led to an angry response from Acuna, something Marlins manager Don Mattingly appeared to refer to as "drama."

"I'm tired of talking about it," Mattingly said of the Acuna hit-by-pitch storyline. "Anyone who has played the game knows (Friday's hit-by-pitch by Anthony Bender) wasn't intentional. I've really grown tired of the drama."

The Marlins are 9-9 when Lopez starts, and the Braves -- quite similarly -- are 9-8 when Anderson is on the mound this season.

Anderson has eight quality starts this year, but he didn't fare as well against the Marlins. In his only start against Miami this year, Anderson lasted just five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks.

In three career starts against the Marlins, Anderson is 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA. He has yet to pitch in Miami, however.

Meanwhile, the Marlins, who are in last place in the NL East, have had a wild week. They started the week by beating the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers in three straight games.

Since then, the Marlins have lost three straight -- and it's that inconsistency that has been maddening.

If nothing else, though, the Marlins have been feisty. Speedy Jazz Chisholm hit an inside-the-park homer on Saturday -- the play Acuna was hurt on. It was Miami's first inside-the-park homer since JT Riddle hit one in 2018.

Chisholm, who capped his homer by diving head-first into home plate, said he hopes Acuna returns to health.

"The baseball world will miss him if he is out a long time," Chisholm said. "Hopefully he gets better."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2021

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