ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley knew he had an excellent chance to attain from first base once Ozzie Albies made touch.

The facility-hitting left fielder simply did not know whether or not he’d get the fairway gentle from 3rd base trainer Ron Washington.

“I knew it used to be within the hole, so run as arduous as I will,” Riley mentioned. “If he desires to prevent me, he’s going to prevent me. He did not prevent me. A excellent hit by way of Ozzie and a excellent staff win.”

Riley tied the sport with a solo homer within the 9th inning and scored the successful run on Albies’ double off Michael Feliz within the 11th, main the Atlanta Braves previous the Pittsburgh Pirates Eight-7 for his or her 6th directly victory Wednesday evening.

The Braves (39-29) took over sole ownership of first position within the NL East and moved 10 video games over .500 for the primary time this season.

Josh Bell hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Atlanta nearer Luke Jackson within the most sensible of the 9th. Riley, who had a two-run triple within the first, took Kyle Crick deep to make it 7-all within the backside part.

After Riley used to be hit by way of a pitch on his left hand within the 11th, Albies drove a gapper into right-center and Riley slid headfirst around the plate to finish it.

“Once I hit it within the hole,” Albies mentioned, “I knew he would rating and win this recreation.”

Jacob Webb (Four-Zero) pitched two innings to earn the victory.

Feliz (2-Three) took the loss.

Rain not on time the sport for 55 mins within the 7th.

Braves starter Mike Soroka allowed profession highs of 5 runs and 10 hits in 5 innings. The 21-year-old started the evening having given up one run or much less in 9 of 10 begins this season, however didn’t issue within the choice. Soroka, whose ERA rose 54 issues to at least one.92, walked one and struck out 3.

Atlanta led Three-Zero within the first on Nick Markakis’ opposite-field RBI unmarried and Riley’s triple. The Braves have been up Four-2 in the second one after Freddie Freeman’s RBI unmarried and 6-2 within the 3rd following Soroka’s two-run unmarried.

Pittsburgh made it Three-2 in the second one on RBI singles by way of Adam Frazier and Elías Díaz and 6-Four within the fourth on Kevin Newman’s two-run double. Starling Marte’s 10th homer minimize the margin to 6-Five within the 5th.

The Pirates tied it 6-all within the 6th towards Josh Tomlin. Gregory Polanco had a pinch-hit unmarried, complex to 3rd on Newman’s unmarried and scored on Corey Dickerson’s sacrifice fly.

“We had our backs towards the wall a bit of bit, however we battled again and gave ourselves an opportunity,” mentioned Bell, who leads the majors with 61 RBIs. “It is excellent mojo going into day after today.”

Mitch Keller, making his 2d profession get started for Pittsburgh, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 3 innings. His ERA rose 1.93 issues to 15.43.


Pirates: Director of sports activities medication Tom Tomcyzk mentioned C Francisco Cervelli, at the injured record since Would possibly 26 with a concussion, has no signs and is scheduled to be re-examined by way of a neurologist within the subsequent couple of days. Tomcyzk mentioned Cervelli feels customary in on a regular basis lifestyles, however has but to be cleared. The 33-year-old Cervelli has an extended historical past with head accidents throughout his 12-year profession, together with six documented concussions since 2011.

Braves: CF Ender Inciarte, at the injured record since Would possibly 15 with a lumbar pressure, nonetheless has no timetable to renew baseball actions. “It is nonetheless biting him a little bit. I feel he has excellent days, has dangerous days, taking it an afternoon at a time,” supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned. “He isn’t in that place now to even glance forward the place he would possibly — till he begins working the bases, hitting and all that stuff.”


Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson stored a run within the 3rd. Operating into left subject, he ran into 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson a little bit as each avid gamers pursued the shallow fly. Swanson known as off Donaldson and Riley to show and make a troublesome basket catch.


The rookie slugger turned into the quickest participant in franchise historical past to succeed in 10 homers, doing so in 26 video games to damage the mark set by way of Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930. Riley additionally tied Earl Torgeson of the 1947 Boston Braves because the fastest to 29 RBIs, in 26 video games. … Riley had his left hand wrapped in ice after the sport. He mentioned he used to be sore from getting hit by way of the pitch, however now not in ache.


The Braves signed their first-round draft pick out, Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers. Atlanta selected Langeliers with the 9th total variety, which it won as repayment for now not signing closing 12 months’s No. Eight pick out, pitcher Carter Stewart.


Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (Four-6, Four.40 ERA) begins for the second one time within the four-game sequence upon getting ejected within the first inning Monday following a war of words with Donaldson.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (Four-Three, Three.03) is 2-Zero with a nil.70 ERA in his closing seven begins.


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