Garrett Cooper drives in 3 to lift Marlins over Braves in 10 innings

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ATLANTA — Garrett Cooper had three RBIs and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning off Jacob Webb, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

The 10th began with placement runner Jon Berti advancing from second to third when Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies ran backward to try to catch Starling Marte‘s shallow fly, but had the ball bounce off his glove for a single. Berti gave the Marlins their first lead when Cooper’s single landed in center field to make it 4-3.

Brian Anderson followed with an RBI double, and the Braves couldn’t muster a rally in the bottom of the inning.

Yimi Garcia (1-1) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. Webb (0-1) took the loss.

Ronald Acuna Jr. tripled and scored two runs, and Huascar Ynoa pitched a career-high six strong innings for the Braves, who have lost two straight.

The teams were facing each other for the first time since Atlanta swept Miami in their NL Division Series last year.

Acuna flashed his speed in the third, hitting a triple into right and scoring on a shallow sacrifice fly by Albies. Acuna slid across the plate headfirst after second baseman Jazz Chisholm caught the ball over his shoulder and was backpedaling when he stopped to throw toward the plate.

Acuna pumped his fist toward the Atlanta dugout in celebration after scoring to make it 2-1.

Ynoa struck out a career-high 10 while allowing one run and three hits. The rookie struck out every batter he faced at least once except Miguel Rojas.

Atlanta led 1-0 in the first when Acuna walked, stole second and scored on Marcell Ozuna‘s single.

Adam Duvall hit his second homer to begin the second, connecting against his former team to tie it 1-all.

Miami starter Sandy Alcantara gave up three runs, four hits and three walks while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings. He was chased after walking pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval and replaced by Anthony Bass, who walked Acuna to load the bases and gave up Albies’ sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.

Atlanta reliever A.J. Minter walked three in the eighth and left his replacement, Nate Jones, with runners on first and second and one out. Cooper, who had been hitless in his last 13 at-bats before singling in the sixth, followed with a two-run double to make it 3-all.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Miami C Jorge Alfaro was scratched from the lineup because of lingering hamstring tightness. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he hopes Alfaro, who has missed five straight games, will be back by Thursday. … Marlins RHP Sixto Sanchez (shoulder discomfort) is progressing at the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida. He is undergoing rehab exercises and throwing at 45 feet. … RHP Jorge Guzman (elbow) is throwing bullpens in Jupiter and should face live hitters next. … RHP Edward Cabrera (biceps) is throwing at 75 feet. … RHP Elieser Hernandez (biceps) has yet to start throwing.

EJECTED

Mattingly was thrown out after a call was overturned in the eighth that originally had Berti ruled safe at second on a stolen base attempt. It appeared Berti beat shortstop Dansby Swanson‘s tag attempt.

UP NEXT

Braves LHP Max Fried (0-0, 9.00 ERA) faces RHP Pablo Lopez (0-1, 1.54) in the second of a four-game series. Fried is 0-1 with a 5.13 ERA in six career starts against Miami. Lopez is 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA in eight career starts versus Atlanta.

Swanson, Olson go deep vs Scherzer, Braves take NL East lead

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered off Max Scherzer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a crucial 4-2 victory Saturday night over the New York Mets and a one-game lead in the NL East.

The defending World Series champions beat aces Jacob deGrom and Scherzer on consecutive nights to take their biggest lead of the season in the division. New York, which held a 10 1/2-game cushion on June 1, faces its biggest deficit of the year with four games remaining.

Atlanta will try for a three-game sweep Sunday night, with the winner earning the season-series tiebreaker between the teams. Even though both teams are headed to the postseason, that’s important because the NL East champion gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Swanson’s 24th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot in the fifth inning, touched off a frenzy among the sold-out crowd at Truist Park, the ball sailing a few rows up into the seats in left-center to make it 3-2. Olson hit his 32nd homer in the sixth, a solo shot into Chop House seats in right to put Atlanta up 4-2.

Austin Riley led off the fourth with a double and scored on Olson’s single to make it 1-all.

Kyle Wright (21-5) gave up two runs and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings as he won his eighth straight decision. The Braves have won 16 of his last 17 starts.

New York went up 2-1 in the fifth when Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil hit consecutive two-out singles.

The Mets led 1-0 in the first when Brandon Nimmo singled, advanced on a walk and a single and scored on Eduardo Escobar‘s groundout. Wright, who threw 30 pitches in the first, stranded two runners in scoring position to prevent further damage.

Scherzer (11-5) allowed a first-inning single to Riley and a third-inning infield single to Ronald Acuna Jr., who advanced to third on a fielding error by Lindor at shortstop but was stranded when Michael Harris II lined out to center. Scherzer patted his glove and pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

Scherzer was charged with nine hits and four runs with no walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets were knocked out of first place for only the third day all season.

The Braves have won five of the last six against New York to tie the season series 9-all, outscoring the Mets 37-16 over that stretch.

Atlanta’s bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA in September, got a perfect inning from Dylan Lee in the sixth. Jesse Chavez faced four batters in the seventh, Raisel Iglesias faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 39th save in 46 chances.

Since the Braves were a season low-tying four games under .500 at 23-27 after play on May 31, they have gone 76-32, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors over that span. They were a season-worst 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets on June 1.

Wright, the only 20-game winner in baseball this season, hasn’t officially become the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins outright since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003, but the Dodgers’ Julio Urias has 17 and can’t reach 20 before the regular season ends.

Wright will become the first Braves pitcher since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in 2000 to lead the majors in wins. Houston ace Justin Verlander also has 17.

Wright began the game 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts and one relief appearance against the Mets.

The Braves, who got homers from Riley, Olson and Swanson off deGrom on Friday, lead the NL with 240 homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. Manager Buck Showalter said Marte is experiencing less pain but not enough to take the next step in his recovery. Marte has been sidelined since Sept. 7.

Braves: RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique. Manager Brian Snitker said there is no timetable for the rookie’s return. Strider has been sidelined since Sept. 21.

NICE GLOVE

Harris ran back and jumped to catch Nimmo’s fly against the wall in center field for the first out of the third.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA) will face RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29) as the teams conclude a three-game series.