MIAMI — — Ronald Acuña homered in the first inning of the game, Matt Olson hit his 24th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 to win their doubleheader on Saturday.
Rookie Von Grissom also pitched for the surging Braves, who won their fifth straight after losing four of five against the Netherlands East-leading New York Mets.
“They can turn the page after a tough weekend,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “These guys are playing for today.”
Acuña was removed after his fourth at-bat in the seventh as a precaution to rest his surgically repaired right knee. The All-Star outfielder, who played in the first game, tore his ACL on the same field last July. The injury forced him to miss the rest of the regular season and the World Series in Atlanta.
“I think I’ve been playing with pain for about a week now,” Acuña said through a translator. “It comes and goes and I play through it. I feel good at the moment.”
In the first game, Chadwick Thompson doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 victory.
Acuña’s shot over the wall in center was his 26th career leadoff hit. He also has 10 career first-pitch blasts, four of which came against Miami.
Braves starter Ian Anderson, who was offered to Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 7 only to return temporarily as the 27th man in the doubleheader, scattered two runs in six innings. Anderson (10-6) had five hits, walked one and struck out four.
Despite reaching double-digit wins in a season for the first time in his career, Anderson struggled to manage the team, resulting in a demotion to the minors.
“Kudos to all the guys in that locker room, I feel like I’ve had a ton of support the last few games,” Anderson said of the double-digit milestone. “It always helps, but it’s definitely an accomplishment.”
The Marlins have lost 12 of 13 at home and have scored a total of 23 runs in their first 12 games in August. They’ve also managed three hits or fewer in their last 14 games, the longest stretch in the major leagues since the Chicago Cubs’ 15-game drought in September 1979.
Grissom made it 3-0 with a two-run fifth. Grissom, 21, hit a first-pitch homer off Marlins reliever AJ Ledwig over the wall in left-center for his second homer since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi on Monday.
Miami cut into the deficit on Joey Wendle’s RBI single in the fifth, but the Braves answered with Olson’s solo shot in the sixth. Olson homered in the first three games of the series.
“I’m not going to go out there and mess up every time,” Olson said. “There are still some pretty poor players mixed in there. Nothing out of the ordinary, trying to be a little more down-to-earth.”
Jesus Aguilar’s leadoff hit in the bottom half put the Marlins up 4-2, and Olson hit a two-run single in the seventh.
The Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth after Kirby Yates walked JJ Bladay and Jacob Stallings. Raizel Iglesias pitched and got the second out before getting a groundout from Peyton Burdick. Pitcher Garrett Cooper singled to center, Iglesias’ 17th save and first for the Braves.
Tommy Nance pitched the first three innings of the scheduled game in the bullpen for Miami. Returned from the injured list before the second game, Nance (0-1) allowed one run, two hits, walked one and struck out six.
Olson scored and Acuña and Robbie Grossman each had two hits in the first game.
Atlanta starter Kyle Mueller allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. As Gwinnett mentioned earlier Saturday, Mueller (1-1) walked one and struck out five. Right after Mueller’s outing, the Braves returned the lefty to Gwinnett.
Chadwick Tromp’s two-run double with the bases loaded capped off a three-run fourth to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead. Tromp suffered a cramp in his left quad when he reached second, which immediately drew the attention of the Braves’ training staff, but he remained in the game.
Miami closed the gap on Aguilar’s two-run homer in the bottom half.
MOVEMENT OF WAREHOUSE
Braves recalled RHP Bryce Elder from Gwinnett for game two.
The Marlins optioned RHP Jeff Brigham to Triple-A Jacksonville to make room for Nance on the roster. Brigham pitched two scoreless innings in the first game.
RARITY OF HOME DOUBLE
The Marlins played their first nine-inning doubleheader at LoundDepot Park since they moved to the retractable roof stadium in 2012. The Marlins played three home doubleheaders during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but those were shortened to seven-inning games.
Marlins: RHP Anthony Bender got the first two outs in the ninth in Game 2 before leaving the game with forearm discomfort. … INF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (right lower back strain) continues to rehab at the club’s spring training facility in Jupiter but has not returned to baseball practice. … OF Avisaíl García (strained left hamstring) continues his strengthening exercises and began a running program on Friday.
RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 5.48) will start the series finale for the Braves Sunday, while the Marlins will go with LHP Braxton Garrett (2-6, 4.02).