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Ronald Acuna Jr. joins elite club with doubleheader leadoff HRs

David Kenyon

The Atlanta Braves took early leads in both games of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins thanks to Ronald Acuna Jr., and he joined a unique club in the process.

Acuna became only the fourth player in Major League history to hit a leadoff home run in both contests, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

In Game 1, the rookie outfielder took Pablo Lopez deep on a 3-1 count. Acuna smashed the ball to right-center field for his 16th homer of the season.

Acuna finished that outing 2-for-3 with two walks. He scored three times and drove in three runs, helping the Braves cruise past Miami 9-1.

Then in the nightcap, Acuna started the bottom of the first the same way. This time, he launched a bomb to left-center field off of Merandy Gonzalez.

That blast gave Acuna his 17th homer of the season. Additionally, it was his fourth as the leadoff man.

Acuna has absolutely been on a tear recently. In the last week alone, he’s smashed six balls out of the park — and even brought one back defensively.