Braves baseball returns with a comeback win over the Marlins

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Atlanta Braves baseball officially returned Tuesday night with an eight-point eighth inning and a kickoff from Matt Adams in a 10-9 win over the Miami Marlins.

It was all Marlins from the start as they built a huge lead against Mike Foltynewicz, making his final warm-up start.

The outing was mixed for Foltynewicz, who said his main concern was getting his 75 pitches and working on his change. He made it through the first two innings while allowing just one baserunner, then struggled in the third as Jorge Alfaro, Miguel Rojas and Jonathan Villar connected on back-to-back homers to give Miami a 3 -0. drive.

Foltynewicz struck out two goals in a scoreless fourth, but struggled in the fifth. Alfaro started off with a single and Rojas followed with a helicopter that swerved from Foltynewicz’s glove for a shot on the ground. Dansby Swanson then made a sliding save on a grounder by Villar but his throw sailed high and pulled Ozzie Albies out of the sack per second to charge the bases.

Brian Anderson failed Austin Riley in third place for a forced takeout, but Corey Dickerson followed with a center single that scored two runs to take him to 5-0. Jesus Aguilar then threw in another single that scored Anderson to make it 6-0, ending Foltynewicz’s night out.

Foltynewicz came out after throwing 69 shots in 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs. He took out four and didn’t walk anybody. It sometimes displayed a good cursor but left brittle balls on the board. His speed appeared to be abnormal, his fastball hovering between 89 and 91 mph. However, he wasn’t very concerned with his speed.

“I throw the ball well. It’s never fun to jump in the rain for five rounds. My cleats were messy, I couldn’t grab the ball, ”Foltynewicz said after coming out. “My fastball is coming out where it should be, so I’m not worried about that.”

Atlanta finally rejoined the table in the sixth inning when Freddie Freeman walked two out and scored from the first on a brace against Marcell Ozuna’s wall to make it 6-1.

Josh Tomlin and Tyler Matzek combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Foltynewicz relief before Miami extended their lead over reliever Chris Rusin in the eighth. Rusin got into trouble immediately, marching Garrett Cooper to lead the round. Sean Rodriguez doubled up to put the riders in second and third places. Rusin then pulled Jon Berti out for the first out, but gave former Brave Francisco Cervelli a brace who extended the lead to 8-1. He escaped further damage as Monte Harrison lined up in a double play to complete the round.

Things would get interesting from there. Robert Dugger retired from William Contreras with a ground start, then threw back-to-back marches at Adam Duvall and Yangervis Solarte. Freeman followed with a single that scored Duvall to make it 8-2. That would bring 2019 draft pick Michael Harris to the plate; Harris worked a 3-2 count and hit the field single. Solarte scored on the play to reduce the deficit to 8-3.

It would be the end of the night for Dugger as Don Mattingly summons Adam Conley from the pen. Conley walked in and immediately walked over Matt Adams. After a wild pitch marked Freeman to make 8-4, Conley walked over Yonder Alonso to charge the bases. Charlie Culberson would charge him, leading a brace in the spread that cleared the bases and made it a one-point game at 8-7. Drew Waters followed with a brace that scored Culberson to tie the game.

Contreras then struck out for the second half of the inning, but Adam Duvall delivered a left single that scored Culberson to give Atlanta the lead for the first time in the entire game. However, the lead won’t last long: Chad Sobotka gave Jesus Sanchez a long homerun with a ninth putout to tie things at 9-9.

Alex Vesia knocked out Braden Shewmake and Harris to open the ninth, but Matt Adams jumped on a 0-1 fastball and drove him right for the winner.

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