Atlanta Braves

Arcia drives in go-ahead run in 7th as Braves beat rookie Miller, Mariners 6-2

ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando Arcia’s single off the right-field wall drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs and the Atlanta Braves overcame another strong start by Seattle rookie Bryce Miller to beat the Mariners 6-2 on Friday night.

Miller, making only his fourth major league start, led 2-1 before fading and leaving the game in the seventh. Ozuna’s bloop single off Trevor Gott drove in Eddie Rosario with the tying run. Arcia’s 374-foot single off the bricks on the right-field wall drove in Ozzie Albies, who walked.

“I feel like you’ve got to be prepared for any situation,” Arcia said through a translator after his second go-ahead hit this week. His ninth-inning homer gave the Braves the lead in Wednesday’s 6-5 win at Texas.

“We play like a family and treat each other well and pick each other up when it’s needed.”

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Matt Olson, who singled in a run off Miller in the first, added a homer off Justin Topa in the eighth for a 4-2 lead. Ozuna’s two-run single off left-hander Tayler Saucedo pushed the lead to four runs.

Miller (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits with one walk in 6 1/3 innings. In the first matchup of starting pitchers named Bryce, Atlanta’s Bryce Elder allowed two runs in six innings.

Olson lined a double off Bryce Miller to the right-field wall to drive in Ronald Acuña Jr., who led off the game with another double to right. Olson began the night hitting only .230 following a 3-for-21 road trip.

Elder held the 1-0 lead until the seventh. Julio Rodríguez doubled and moved to third when Elder walked Jarred Kelenic on a wild pitch. Eugenio Suárez lined a single to left field to drive in Rodríguez for the tying run and knock Elder out of the game.

Teoscar Hernández added a run-scoring single off Collin McHugh (2-0), driving in Kelenic, to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead.

Elder helped himself with a strong defensive play, reaching behind his back to snag a grounder hit by J.P. Crawford before throwing to first base to end the third inning.

Crawford hit a one-out double off Elder in the sixth and moved to third on a wild pitch. Ty France lined out to Michael Harris II in center field. After running in for the catch, Harris took advantage of his momentum to make a strong throw to the plate. Crawford, trying to score from third, was tagged out by catcher Sean Murphy several feet in front of the plate.



Miller gave up a single to Austin Riley to open the seventh and was replaced after walking Albies.

“”I try not to walk anybody, and as soon of course as I do, they score,” Miller said. “That’s why I’m mentally trying to stay over the plate, especially there. I’d rather rather make them earn it.”


Elder has a 2.06 ERA in nine starts as a valuable addition to Atlanta’s thin rotation that has lost left-hander Max Fried (strained left forearm) and right-hander Kyle Wright (right shoulder inflammation) to injuries.

“I think he’s just focused on the job,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker when asked if Elder faces pressure of filling a void in the depleted rotation. “I don’t think he gets into the bigger picture thing. He’s very professional and efficient. I just kind of see him focused on winning the inning.”


For the first time, the Braves wore an advertising patch on their uniform sleeves following a new five-year deal with Atlanta-based concrete and cementitious products manufacturer Quikrete. The value of the deal was not announced.

It was noteworthy that right-handed hitters had the patch on their left sleeve. Left-handed hitters had the patch on their right sleeve. As a result, all hitters had the yellow logo facing the TV camera while at the plate.

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Braves LHP Dylan Lee (left shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday. LHP Lucas Luetge (left bicep inflammation) was reinstated from the injured list after missing 27 games.

Also, IF Charlie Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and IF Braden Shewmake was optioned to Gwinnett. IF Ehire Adrianza (left shoulder strain) was moved to the 60-day IL and is expected to miss “a significant amount of time,” according to Snitker.


RHP Jesse Chavez (0-0) will be the opener as the Braves use a bullpen committee in Saturday night’s second game of the series. RHP Logan Gilbert (1-2, 3.91) is scheduled to start for Seattle.


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