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Braves finish sweep of Marlins after first inning theatrics

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Things got real chippy early on.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Things began fairly normal in the top of the first inning with the Marlins jumping out to an early lead thanks to Rafael Ortega and Brian Anderson. The action really began in the bottom of the first with Miami up 1-0.

With his first (and only) pitch of the game, Jose Urena nailed Ronald Acuña Jr. in the elbow intentionally and chaos ensued. After the dust settled Acuña remained in the game and Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected along with Urena. The Braves couldn’t push across a run in the inning and after running the bases Acuña exited the game and Adam Duvall replaced him in left field.

The next few innings went by quietly without further incident and without a ton of scoring. Miami finally broke through again in the top of the fourth thanks to a Starlin Castro homer to bring the score up to 2-0 Marlins.

Atlanta decided 2-0 was far enough and immediately jumped on Jarlin Garcia in the bottom of the fourth. Charlie Culberson nailed a double to the gap and was chased home by Ender Inciarte to cut the lead in half. Dansby Swanson then erased that deficit completely with a two-run dinger to dead center with room to spare.

With the Braves up 3-2 starter Kevin Gausman really cracked down, despite not having his best command, and finished his outing with 6 strong frames of two run ball (and no batters hit).

Atlanta added on again in the sixth inning thanks to (you may have guessed it) a rally began by Charlie Culberson. After Culberson doubled to right, Ender Inciarte singled him home and then stole third in front of Dansby Swanson who scorched a ball to center again for a sacrifice fly that put the Braves up 5-2.

When the bullpen took over the game was basically already over as the Marlins could simply do nothing against a stout Atlanta pen. A.J. Minter saved his 11th game of the season and Atlanta finished up the series with a sweep.

All eyes, of course, are on the status of Acuña and we will have you updated as soon as some news comes down from the Braves. Stay tuned.