For the second straight day, the Atlanta Braves scored eight points against the Nationals. This time, Ronald Acuna Jr. was the spark plug with two home runs in an 8-2 triumph Tuesday at Washington.
Acuna Jr. was the only one to go around the paths every time he sent the ball into the stands. Orlando Garcia imitated him, while Micheal Harris II (triple) and Eddie Rosario (double) drove in two points each.
Defeated 8-0 the day before, the Nationals had nevertheless scored the first two points in today's encounter, courtesy of Luke Volt (doubles) and Victor Robles (circuit).
Collin McHugh (3-2) won, while Paolo Espino (0-8) was still looking for his first campaign triumph. This is a fourth consecutive victory for the Georgia team.
Yan Gomez slices
In Chicago, Yan Gomez hit a double that made the difference and the Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
Teammate Christopher Morel had previously opened the scoring in the third period with his 15th long ball of the season. Bryce Harper then tied the game in the sixth round at bat.
Marcus Stroman (5-7) was a key contributor to the win as he allowed just one run, four strikes to the safer spot and one walk in seven innings. Connor Brogdon (2-2) conceded the point that made the difference.
The Marlins surprise
In New York, the Miami Marlins caused an upset in beating the much better-off Mets 6-4.
Despite a long three-run ball from Pete Alonso – his 40th home run of the campaign – the visitors held on thanks to a four-run cushion that they had granted themselves early in the game.
JJ Bleday led the charge for the Florida team, he who added two points to the table by stretching his arms.
Despite his excellent batting results, Charles Leblanc was dropped from the starting lineup and restricted to the role of back-up runner. In the fifth inning, he replaced Garrett Cooper on first base, injured after being hit by a pitch. The Laval resident completed his lap of the trails on a single from Jacob Stallings.
Pablo Lopez (10-10) signed the victory, while Carlos Carrasco (15-7) suffered the loss after a start jagged.