ATLANTA — Spencer Strider knew better than to panic when facing an early two-run deficit.
“It just gives you confidence you don’t have to be perfect,” Strider said of the Braves’ offense, which outscored the Marlins 29-7 in the three-game sweep. “Having an offense like we do should make you more confident. ... It’s unbelievable what our offense is capable of doing. Like today, we fell behind, but I just knew if I could just keep us in the game long enough, we’re going to come through, and we did.”
The Braves won their eighth straight to extend their lead over second-place Miami in the NL East to nine games. Atlanta has won 10 in a row at home and 23 of 26 overall.
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“It’s huge. It’s still early in the season, but they’re all big games,” Strider said. “We try to show up every game and try to just kind of be as level-headed as we can. We kind of think of the first half as practice for the second half anyway. We like where we are and we’re doing a good job of treating each day as its own certain task.”
Travis d’Arnaud’s two-run homer off Andrew Nardi in the eighth extended Atlanta’s lead to three runs.
Luis Arráez drove in two runs with two hits, lifting his batting average to .389. Arráez gave Miami a 2-0 lead with a double that drove in Jonathan Davis in the second inning. Arráez added a run-scoring single in the seventh to trim the Braves’ lead to 4-3.
Strider (10-2) stuck out nine while allowing six hits and three runs, two earned, in 6 2/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.
The Braves’ 23-3 stretch includes nine straight series wins against such teams as Cincinnati, Minnesota, Arizona and the New York Mets. The Marlins were coming off a sweep of Boston before falling to 1-9 this season against Atlanta.
“We went into a lot of series against some really good teams playing really well,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “They don’t get caught up in all that. They’re about today’s game.”
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Strider struck out five consecutive batters before Albies bobbled a grounder by Davis with two outs in the seventh for an error. Strider left the game after walking Jacob Stallings, and Davis scored on a single by Arráez off A.J. Minter.
Orlando Arcia’s homer in the second gave Atlanta its first run.
Michael Harris II singled to lead off Atlanta’s three-run fifth. Harris stole second, moved to third on catcher Stallings’ throwing error and scored on Sandy Alcantara’s wild pitch. Acuña walked and scored on Albies’ 20th homer, which barely cleared the right-field wall.
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Alcantara (3-7) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. The 2022 NL Cy Young winner’s ERA rose to 4.93. He is 0-2 against the Braves this season.
39 AND COUNTING
Ronald Acuña Jr., a distant second behind Arráez in the NL batting race, had two hits, lifting his average to .336. Acuña stole two bases, giving him a career-best 39. He had 37 steals in 2019.
The Braves, who scored 11 first-inning runs in the first two games of the series, left the bases loaded in the first when Marcell Ozuna ended the inning with a groundout.
Marlins designated hitter Jazz Chisholm Jr. left the game with left oblique soreness. Chisholm appeared to show discomfort after striking out in the sixth. Yuli Gurriel pinch-hit for Chisholm in the eighth. ... Stallings was back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game with a shin injury sustained on Friday night.
Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (4-2, 3.53) is scheduled to face St. Louis RHP Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.44) in Monday night’s opener of a home series.
Braves: Atlanta opens a three-game series at Cleveland on Monday night as RHP Bryce Elder (6-2, 2.44) puts his NL-leading ERA on the line against RHP Gavin Williams (0-0, 2.84).
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