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Ronald Acuna Jr . hits first big league homer to lead Braves over Reds

Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Cincinnati. Acuna recorded his second major league hit overall and his first home run. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey in the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Cincinnati. Acuna recorded his second major league hit overall and his first home run. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the major leagues, both homered and combined for five RBIs to lead Atlanta over the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Thursday and give the Braves a split of the four-game series.

A day after the 20-year-old Acuna made his big league debut, he homered into the left-field upper deck leading off the second inning, singled in the sixth and hit a tiebreaking double off Wandy Peralta (1-1) in the eighth following Freddie Freeman’s third double.

Albies, a 21-year-old who made his debut last August, hit a two-run homer in the fifth for a 4-0 lead and added an RBI double in the ninth.

Sam Freeman (1-1) retired all four batters he faced, and Arodys Vizcaino pitched a one-hit ninth for his second save. Cincinnati dropped to 5-20 for the first time in franchise history.

Yankees 4, Twins 3: Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Fernando Rodney (1-2), to give New York the win over visiting Minnesota, extending New York’s winning streak to six and completing an 8-2 homestand.

The Yankees were held hitless through five innings and trailed 3-0 before Aaron Hicks’ sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Dellin Betances (1-1) struck out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth for his first win since June 27.

Minnesota completed an 0-7 trip and has lost eight straight to New York, including last year’s A.L. wild-card game.

Pirates 1, Tigers 0: Corey Dickerson hit the first game-ending home run of his major league career, a disputed one-out drive in the ninth inning off Alex Wilson, (0-1), lifting Pittsburgh over visiting Detroit.

A fan reached over the 21-foot wall and caught the ball, and the home run was upheld in a video review.

Felipe Vazquez (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth when James McCann grounded into a forceout, Victor Martinez popped out and Jose Iglesias bounced into a forceout.

Cardinals 4, Mets 3: Dexter Fowler hit a winning single in the 13th off Paul Sewald (0-1), and Tommy Pham had four hits and scored twice in the Cardinals’ win over New York in St. Louis.

John Gant (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, pitched three perfect innings of relief for his second big league win.

St. Louis trailed 2-0 in the seventh and 3-2 in the 10th before Jose Martinez’s tying double off Jeurys Familia.

Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 2: Jarrod Dyson, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta homered as Arizona defeated the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Arizona improved to 17-7 and matched the 2008 Diamondbacks for the best 24-game start in franchise history.

Dyson hit a two-run homer in the first and Chris Owings added an RBI double off Ben Lively (0-2) for a 3-0 lead.

Matt Koch (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for the win.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer, and Chris Sale (2-1) won for the first time in three starts, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings to improve to 5-1 in eight games at Toronto.

Andrew Benitendi had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit. The Red Sox are a major league-best 19-5, including 7-1 in one-run games.

Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his seventh save in as many chances, finishing a six-hitter.

Marco Estrada (2-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings. His ERA has risen from 2.77 to 6.00 in his past three starts.

Mariners 5, Indians 4: Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager hit consecutive doubles in the eighth off Nick Goody (0-1) and Seattle went on to defeat the Indians in Cleveland.

Goody relieved with the score 4-4 because regular setup man Andrew Miller is on the disabled list.

Dan Altavilla (2-2) got the last two outs in the seventh. Edwin Diaz pitched around a ninth-inning walk for his major league-leading 11th save.

Rays 9, Orioles 5: C.J. Cron and Wilson Ramos homered as visiting Tampa Bay won its sixth straight game, the Rays’ longest winning streak since a nine-game run from July 12-26, 2014.

Chris Archer (2-1) allowed four runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Adam Jones had three hits, including his fourth home run of the season for the Orioles, who have lost 11 of 12 and are 1-5 on a nine-game homestand.

Dylan Bundy (1-3) allowed eight runs – seven earned – and a career-high 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Cubs 1, Brewers 0: Kyle Hendricks (2-1) allowed four hits in seven innings to outpitch Chase Anderson (2-2), who allowed Kyle Schwarber’s sixth-inning homer, and Chicago stopped visiting Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak.

Carl Edwards Jr. worked the eighth and Brandon Morrow finished the six-hitter for his fifth save. Hendricks and Edwards are former pitchers for the Spokane Indians.

White Sox 6, Royals 3: Matt Davidson hit two of Chicago’s five home runs, leading the White Sox to their second win in 11 games, defeating the Royals at Kansas City, Missouri.

Yoan Moncada homered to open the first inning for Chicago for the second straight night, and Yolmer Sanchez and Trayce Thompson also went deep against Jakob Junis.

Junis gave up six runs and six hits with two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Lucas Giolito earned his first victory, allowing two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. His only hiccup was Jorge Soler’s two-run homer in the fourth.


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