Well, this is a little bit more like it. There have been a few irritating losses mixed in, to be sure, but the Braves are now 6-4 in their last 10. It’s not an eye-popping stretch, but if they can play like this as a baseline instead of how they had been playing, they’ll work their way into the playoff race.
As for today’s game, the offense came alive early and provided more than enough to help Max Fried along. It wasn’t Fried’s best outing, but it was good enough to get the job done. He allowed just one run over six innings, but scattered six hits and allowed three walks. The run came on a first-inning homer off the bat of World Series hero Jorge Soler.
The home side answered quickly in the bottom half, though, with back-to-back homers from Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley. Ozuna hasn’t exactly been tearing the cover off the ball this year, but he did on his first two at-bats in this game. He launched his second (10th of the year) deep into the left field seats in the third to extend the Atlanta lead to 4-1.
In the fifth, run-scoring doubles from Riley and Matt Olson broke the game open, making it 6-1 and putting the Braves well on their way to the series victory.
Soler homered again in the seventh, this time off of Jackson Stephens, to pull his team two runs closer and put the Marlins within striking distance, 6-3. They got no more after that, though, as A.J. Minter and Kenley Jansen closed it out over the final two innings.
The Braves now head back out on the road, going out west to take on Arizona and Colorado over the next week. Neither of those teams is very good, so though it is a road trip out west, the Braves should be looking to at least go 4-3 on this seven-game trip, and I could be convinced that 5-2 should even be the target.