Sandy Alcantara pitched his second straight gem and matched his career high with 14 strikeouts to lift the visiting Miami Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday and end their three-game losing streak.
Alcantara (5-2), who threw a complete game in his last outing against the Braves on Sunday, worked eight innings and allowed one run on four hits and no walks. In nine career starts against Atlanta, Alcantara is 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA.
Cole Sulser pitched the ninth, struck out two and earned his second save, despite allowing two base runners.
The Marlins’ offense was led by shortstop Miguel Rojas, who went 3-for-4 with a home run to commemorate the birthday of his late mother, Norma.
Atlanta starter Tucker Davidson (1-2) bounced back from a poor start to work five strong innings and likely preserve his spot in the rotation. He allowed one run on three hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
The Marlins scored a run in the fourth inning on Joey Wendle’s sacrifice fly.
The Marlins made it 2-0 in the sixth inning on a solo homer by Rojas, his third, off sidewinding reliever Darren O’Day. Rojas moved up a spot in the batting order before the game when Brian Anderson was scratched because of back spasms.
The Braves scored a run in the sixth.
Michael Harris II, who had been recalled from Double-A Greenville earlier in the day, got his first major league hit and went to third when Ronald Acuna Jr. lined a single off Alcantara’s glove. Harris scored on Dansby Swanson’s grounder, but Acuna, who had stolen second, was thrown out trying to reach third base.
The Marlins got Alcantara some breathing room by scoring twice in the seventh on Garrett Cooper’s double that increased the lead to 4-1.
Acuna Jr. returned to the starting lineup as designated hitter. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning but was picked off by Alcantara. Of the 31 times he’s been hit in his career, seven have come against the Marlins.
–Field Level Media