Freeman homers twice in Braves win over the Marlins

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Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in four runs, Dallas Keuchel kept working out of trouble and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Freeman sent one went the opposite way into the Marlins bullpen against Elieser Hernandez in the fourth. The next inning, the Braves slugger went deep again with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, launching a pitch from Tyler Kinley (1-1) into the right-field seats for his 33rd homer of the season and second multi-homer game of the homestand.

The third Miami pitcher, Austin Brice, didn't fare any better against Freeman, giving up a two-run single in the seventh.

Freeman now has 102 RBIs -- the second 100-RBI season of his career. He had 109 in 2013.

Keuchel (4-5) went six innings, limiting the Marlins to Jon Berti's third-inning homer. The left-hander benefited from a pair of double plays and stranded six runners -- four of them in scoring position. His last pitch was a high fastball that fanned Jorge Alfaro with runners at first and third.

Hernandez plunked Atlanta star Ronald Acuna Jr. in the back with his very first pitch of the game, rekindling tensions between the NL East rivals and leading to the ejection of Braves manager Brian Snitker.

Last season, Jose Urena was suspended after he drilled Acuna with a pitch on the left elbow. In May, then-Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman was kicked out for throwing behind Urena in the Miami pitcher's first appearance against the Braves since the incident with Acuna.

Acuna lingered in front of home plate, staring down Hernandez, before being ushered slowly to first. When home-plate umpire Alan Porter warned both teams against further retaliation, Snitker popped out of the dugout and was given the heave by crew chief Mark Wegner.

Hernandez struck another hitter in the fourth, getting Adeiny Hechavarria on the left elbow, but the umpires took no action. Acting Braves manager Walt Weiss emerged from the dugout and could be seen asking Porter, "What did you give the warning for?"

Hernandez was lifted after four innings because of a blister on his right middle finger. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five during a 68-pitch outing.