Fortes slugs 2 HRs, scores winner as Marlins top Padres 4-3

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MIAMI – Nick Fortes hit two solo homers and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, leading the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 win over San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Peyton Burdick hit a tiebreaking RBI double that scored Fortes, who had singled against Padres reliever Luis Garcia (4-6) and advanced on a groundout before Burdick’s line drive bounced inside the foul line in right.

The Marlins ended a stretch of scoring three runs or less at 16 games, the second-longest drought in the division era. Miami also clinched its first series win at home since a three-game sweep of Colorado on June 21-23.

Down 3-0, the Padres tied it on Manny Machado‘s three-run double in the seventh. Miami reliever Andrew Nardi, making his major league debut, allowed singles to Ha-Seong Kim and Jurickson Profar and walked Juan Soto. Elieser Hernandez (3-6) relieved Nardi, and Machado hit a one-out liner that bounced toward the warning track in left-center.

Dylan Floro followed Miami reliever Richard Bleier after Soto’s leadoff single in the ninth. Machado singled before Floro struck out Josh Bell, Jake Cronenworth and Wil Myers for his third save.

The Padres were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners.

Fortes’ solo shot in the second gave Miami an early lead. Fortes drove a sinker from Sean Manaea over the wall in left for his fifth homer.

The Marlins increased their advantage on Jesus Aguilar‘s RBI double in the third.

Fortes went deep again in the fourth when his second solo blast landed in the left-field seats.

Miami starter Edward Cabrera threw four scoreless innings but was lifted after 91 pitches. The rookie right-hander allowed three hits, walked two, struck out seven and hit a batter.

Manaea’s outing also lasted four innings. The left-hander gave up three runs, four hits, walked one and struck out six.

ROSTER MOVES

The Padres reinstated INF-OF Matt Beaty from the injured list and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

The Marlins reinstated RHP Cole Sulser from the injured list and designated RHP Parker Bugg for assignment. They also outrighted RHP A.J. Ladwig to Double-A Pensacola after he cleared waivers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: transferred RHP Craig Stammen (right shoulder inflammation) to the 60-day injured list. … RHP Drew Pomeranz (right flexor tendon surgery) will have a rehab outing with El Paso at an unspecified date.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (low back spasms) is scheduled for his next rehab outing with Triple-A Jacksonville at an undetermined date. … Sixto Sanchez (right shoulder inflammation) will throw in a simulated game Wednesday.

NOTES

Social media personality and professional boxer Jake Paul threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

UP NEXT

RHP Mike Clevinger (4-4, 3.47) will start the series finale for the Padres against Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (7-7, 3.55) on Wednesday.

Braves sweep Mets, take 2-game lead in East with 3 remaining

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered for the third straight game, Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning, and Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-3, completing a three-game sweep of their NL East rival and taking a two-game lead in the division with three games to play.

The defending World Series champion Braves have been chasing the Mets the entire season. In the final series of the season, any combination of one Atlanta win or one Mets loss would give the Braves their fifth straight division title.

New York plays its final three games of the season against worst-in-the-majors Washington. Atlanta closed out the regular season with a three-game set in Miami. Should the season end Wednesday in a tie, Atlanta would win the division after claiming the season series 10-9 with Sunday’s victory.

The Braves won five of the last six games in the series, outscoring the Mets 42-19 over that stretch. New York had a 10 1/2-game lead on June 1 but now is the lower in the standings than at any point this season.

It was a lost weekend for New York, which came to Atlanta hoping to clinch its first division title since 2015. Instead, aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer lost Friday and Saturday before 15-game winner Chris Bassitt lasted just 2 2/3 innings on Sunday.

Swanson took Bassitt deep to right-center in the first with his 25th homer, and Atlanta took charge with a three-run third. Bassitt (15-9) issued a bases-loaded walk to Olson before d’Arnaud delivered a single up the middle to score Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley for a 4-3 lead. That chased Bassitt, who was charged with four runs, three hits and three walks.

Olson connected for his 33rd homer to make it 5-3 leading off the sixth, his 410-foot shot landing in the seats in right-center. Olson, in his first year with Atlanta, surpassed 100 RBIs for the second straight season.

Charlie Morton stranded runners on first and second in the first, but he gave up Daniel Vogelbach‘s 18th homer that tied it at 1 in the second. The righty struck out Francisco Lindor with runners on first and second to end the threat.

Jeff McNeil went deep off Morton in the third and Vogelbach followed with an RBI single to put the Mets up 3-1. Morton entered the game having allowed 28 homers, sixth-most in the NL.

Morton scuffled throughout his start, giving up three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings as the 38-year-old made his first start since signing a $20 million, one-year contract to remain with Atlanta next season.

Dylan Lee (5-1) relieved Morton and pitched 1 1/3 innings, leaving after a walk to Brandon Nimmo with two outs in the sixth. Collin McHugh entered and struck out Francisco Lindor.

Raisel Iglesias faced four batters in the seventh, A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen converted his third save of the series with a clean ninth.

Jansen leads the NL with 40 saves in 47 chances.

The Braves’ bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA last month, pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings the last two nights.

BIG NUMBERS

Atlanta leads the NL with 241 homers. And the Braves have their first 100-victory season since 2003.

TWO, DARN HOT

McNeil went 3 for 5 and has multiple hits in five straight games. His average is .326, one point behind the Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman for the NL batting title. In 23 career games at Truist Park, McNeil is hitting .395 with 12 runs, nine doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and four walks. … Jansen tied Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley for eighth place on the career list with 389. He’s also is the 10th closer to have four different seasons with at least 40 saves.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. … Braves 2B Ozzie Albies (broken right pinky finger) is still wearing a cast. … Braves RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique.

ATTENDANCE

The Braves drew 42,713 in their regular season finale, the club’s 42nd sellout of the season. Overall. that’s 3,129,931 for the season – and the most tickets sold since 2000. In 2019, the team’s last full season before the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta drew 2,655,100.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.95 ERA) will face Nationals RHP Cory Abbott (0-4, 5.11).

Braves: RHP Bryce Elder (2-3, 2.76 ERA) will face Marlins LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-7, 3.53).