Nats finally play, beat Braves 6-5 on Soto's walk-off in 9th
Juan Soto drove in the winning run with a single on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the coronavirus-depleted Washington Nationals to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves after waiting five days to start their season.
Braves place OF Ronald Acua on 10-day IL with sore wrist
All rights reserved)MIAMI The Atlanta Braves decided to place outfielder Ronald Acua Jr. on the 10-day injured list retroactively Saturday because of lingering wrist soreness, and they're hoping he can return next weekend. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year hasn't played since Monday because of inflammation in his left wrist. Manager Brian Snitker said he didn't consider the lingering soreness a setback for Acua. Were going to make sure we get that thing cleared all the way up, Snitker said. Reliever Chad Sobotka was activated to take Acua's roster spot before Saturday night's game at Miami.
Braves' Markakis hits walkoff HR after opting into season
Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis, left, celebrates with Adeiny Hechavarria (24) after hitting a game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. Markakis was added to the active roster on Wednesday after changing his mind about sitting out the year. Following the homer, Braves players circled home plate with plenty of distance, waving their hands in the air as Markakis finished his trot. Manager Charlie Montoyo said before the game Waguespack was recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list. Following a chat with home plate umpire Alan Porter, Waguespack left the field without making a pitch and Montoyo instead brought in Rafael Dolis.
Donaldson's HR helps Keuchel, Braves beat Marlins
The Braves are 10-2 against the Marlins this season and 24-7 the past two seasons. Miami's Jorge Alfaro led off the ninth with an infield hit off Braves closer Luke Jackson. He helped the Braves hit a franchise-record 143 homers before the All-Star break. The Braves are 10-2 in decisive games of three-game series this season, including five straight wins, and 7-0 in those decisive games at home. Braves: Keuchel, RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.75) and RHP Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.42) will be Atlanta's starters for their three-game series at San Diego, beginning on Friday.