Alcantara shuts down Braves with six-hitter

MIAMI — Sandy Alcantara pitched a six-hitter and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday.

The 26-year-old-Alcantara (4-2) restricted the Braves to 3 unearned runs and 6 hits. He strolled 2 and set out 7 for his 4th profession total video game.

“I’m excited every time I go nine innings,” Alcantara stated. “They know that I go out with the mentality to finish the game. They believe in me and they gave me the opportunity.”

Atlanta star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. had 2 of the hits versus Alcantara, extending his on base video games streak to 29.

Travis d’Arnaud‘s at-bat to lead off the ninth was extended after Miami first baseman Jesus Aguilar dropped a popup. D’Arnaud doubled and scored on Ozzie Albies‘ double to make it 4-2. Albies advanced to third on a fly out to right and scored on Dansby Swanson‘s RBI groundout.

Alcantara got Adam Duvall on a pop-up to catcher Jacob Stallings to complete his 115-pitch outing. In his last three starts covering 24 innings, Alcantara has allowed two earned runs. He lowered his ERA to 2.11.

“A guy like Agui, he is working so hard to catch the ball and get the out, I don’t feel bad,” Alcantara stated of Aguilar’s muff. “This is just a game. Put it aside and throw the perfect pitch after that error.”

Brian Anderson and Stallings doubled, singled and had RBIs each for the Marlins, who prevented the three-game sweep.

Anderson’s consent RBI single in the 6th put Miami ahead 2-1. The Marlins were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-27 in the series prior to Anderson’s struck to left-field scored Garrett Cooper from 2nd.

“To be able to scratch a few across was big for us,” Anderson stated. “We did a good job of getting guys on base early and it was only a matter of time until we drove one home with runners in scoring position.”

Stallings increased Miami’s lead with his run scoring single off Atlanta starter Ian Anderson in the seventh. Anderson (3-3) enabled 4 runs, 7 hits, strolled 2 and set out 6 in 6 plus innings.

“I felt pretty good about the outing but it (is disappointing) how it ended,” Anderson stated.

Jesse Chavez relieved Anderson and enabled Avisail Garcia‘s sacrifice fly.

Acuna’s leadoff double in the 4th snapped Alcantara’s streak of successive batters retired at 29. Alcantara retired the last 20 batters of his start versus Washington May 16.

With the Marlins having 2 day of rests today, Alcantara was provided the chance to begin the ninth after finishing 103 pitches through 8 innings.

“We had him at like 115 (pitches) before the game, depending on how he gets there,” Miami supervisor Don Mattingly stated. “He was pretty clean all day. Wasn’t in a lot of battles he had to go through. ”

Albies reached on a three-base fielding mistake by Miami centerfielder Jesus Sanchez‘s to lead off the fifth. Swanson’s one-out bloop single to ideal scored Albies and connected it at 1-all.

Marlins 2nd baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. had a leadoff walk in the very first and ultimately scored on Garrett Cooper’s sacrifice fly. But Chisholm was eliminated in the 3rd since of left hamstring tightness.


The Marlins optioned LHP Daniel Castano to Triple-A Jacksonville and remembered INF Joe Dunand from the exact same minors club. Dunand changed Chisholm and went 1-for-2. The 26-year-old Dunand had a one-game call-up on May 7 and homered versus San Diego in his very first big league at bat.


Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas (left calf tightness) did not play.


Braves: RHP Tucker Davidson (1-0, 5.87) will begin the opener of a four-game house series versus Philadelphia on Monday.

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (4-1, 1.57) will begin the opener of a two-game set versus the Rays on Tuesday.

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