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Jazz Chisholm Jr. leads Marlins to 9-7 win over Braves

Apr 23, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna (20) is held back by umpire Ted Barrett (65) while talking to Miami Marlins catcher Payton Henry (59) after being hit by a pitch in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered and drove in three runs and the visiting Miami Marlins broke out of their offensive slump to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7 on Saturday.

Chisholm was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two stolen bases, and he hit the game’s first pitch for a home run. It was his sixth multiple-RBI game of the season.

Chisholm sparked a 14-hit attack that included two hits each from Jesus Aguilar, Jesus Sanchez, Avisail Garcia and Joey Wendle. It was the second-highest run total the Marlins have produced this season.

The Marlins, who had totaled just six runs in their previous four games, scored three times in the sixth and three times in the seventh to take the lead for good.

Miami trailed 5-3 entering the sixth. It tied the game when Chisholm hit a two-run single, and took the lead on Jorge Soler’s RBI single.

Atlanta regained the lead by scoring two times in the bottom of the inning, only to have Miami rally for three more in the seventh on pinch-hitter Garrett Cooper’s two-run single and Aguilar’s sacrifice fly.

Steven Okert (2-0) picked up the win in relief, getting two outs to finish the bottom of the sixth.

pitched two-thirds of an inning. Anthony Bass, Cole Sulser and Tanner Scott (first save) each followed with a scoreless inning pitched. The Miami bullpen retired the final 11 batters.

Atlanta reliever Spencer Strider (0-1) took the loss. He did not retire a batter in the seventh inning and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks.

Braves starter Ian Anderson pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. Miami’s Elieser Hernandez allowed five runs on seven hits, three of them home runs, and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. He didn’t walk a batter.

After Chisholm hit the first pitch for his fourth home run of the season, Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies also hit the first pitch for a home run in the bottom of the first for his sixth.

It was just the second time that both team’s leadoff hitters hit a first-pitch leadoff home run in the same game since pitch counts have been tracked in 1988, according to mlb.com.

–Field Level Media