ATLANTA (AP) – Jesús Aguilar launched the winning run with a double in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins overcame two homers by fellow Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. to defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Wednesday night after squander a 5-0 lead.
The Marlins’ victory was their third in a row in Atlanta.
Aguilar started the extra inning at the batter’s box, while Sterling Marte was in second as an automatic runner. The Venezuelanol hit a low pitch from Tyler Matzek (0-1), sending the ball toward the left-field line and driving in to Marte, who broke the tie.
Acuña was first to hit in the bottom of the 10th inning and had a chance to do more damage after he almost alone had reduced Miami’s big lead.
However, Yimi Garcia struck out the Atlanta slugger and then retired Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna for his second save.
John Curtiss (1-0) claimed the win by not allowing a touchdown in the ninth inning.
Going 0-3 in extra-innings this season, the Braves squandered another great performance from Acuña and suffered their fourth straight loss.
For the Braves, the Venezuelans Acuña Jr. 5-3, 3 runs scored, 4 RBIs; Ender Inciarte 3-2, one scored; Ehire Adrianza 1-0, one scored, and Pablo Sandoval 1-0. The Dominican Ozuna 5-0.
For the Marlins, the Dominican Marte 5-1, two runs scored. Venezuelans Aguilar 5-2, one scored, two produced, and Miguel Rojas 3-1, one RBI. Colombian Jorge Alfaro 4-1.