Another man comes around twice. A week after Josh Donaldson accounted for all the Braves runs with a pair of solo homers, Freddie Freeman countered with a pair of 2-run homers, and threw in an RBI single for good measure. Both Freddie’s homers came off Lucas Giolito, opening the scoring in the bottom of the first, and breaking a 2 – 2 tie in the 6th.

The Braves managed to follow neither homer with a shutdown inning. With 2 out in the 2nd, Julio Teheran walked Yolmer Sanchez and Adam Engel, then watched as the Sox 7th and 8th place hitters scored on a gap single by Giolito. Chicago concluded their scoring in the 7th off Luke Jackson, who allowed a couple of hits, a walk, and threw a wild pitch.

Freeman’s second homer gave the win to Teheran, who allowed 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5 in his 6 innings. Shane Greene and Mark Melancon threw perfect innings apiece; Melancon with the shutdown inning after Freddie’s 8th inning RBI, and his 8th save.

Ronald Acuna Jr. stole his 32nd and 33rd bases and scored 2 runs, and Johan Camargo, just recalled from Gwinnett, doubled as a pinch hitter for Teheran. The Braves also activated Brian McCann, who went 0 – 3. Chad Sobotka and Jeremy Walker round out the first wave of September additions.

September is kicked off with the conclusion of a 3 game sweep, and the Braves maintain a 5.5 game lead over the Nationals. The month’s highlights include 7 games with the Nationals and 7 games with the Phillies (and 0 with the Marlins.) Both the Braves and Nationals are playing .700 ball the last 20 games, so brace yourself for an almost inevitable decline at some point in the month.

Toronto comes to town Monday riding an 11 inning hitless streak; the Labor Day game has a 1:20 start. Mike Soroka vs. Jacob Waguespack scheduled.