Tromp’s 3 hits, 3 RBIs lead Braves over Marlins in Game 1

MIAMI (AP) — Chadwick Tromp doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs in his first major league game…

MIAMI (AP) — Chadwick Tromp doubled, singled and walked three times in his first major league game of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Saturday in the opening game of a doubleheader.

Matt Olson Howred, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Robbie Grossman had two hits apiece for the Braves, who won their fourth straight after losing four of five to the Netherlands East-leading New York Mets.

Atlanta starter Kyle Mueller allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Saturday, Mueller (1-1) walked one and struck out five. Right after Mueller’s outing, the Braves returned the lefty to Gwinnett.

“It’s nice to come in here when they need me and produce,” Mueller said. “Now they know I’m ready when they need me.”

The Marlins have lost 11 of 12 at home and have scored a total of 21 runs in their first 11 games in August.

Tromp, 27, played 33 games for San Francisco over the past two seasons. Last September, the Braves released the catcher.

“In Triple-A, you stay ready all year, and when you get called up, it’s like riding a bike, another day at the office,” Tromp said.

Tromp’s two-run double with the bases loaded capped 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 Jesus Aguilar’s two-run homer in the bottom half. Aguilar drove a slider from Mueller into the left field seats for his 14th home run.

Olson connected with Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo for a solo drive in the fifth and second homers of the series.

The Braves added to their lead on Tromp’s RBI single in the eighth. Perhaps feeling the effects of his previous understudy, Tromp stayed at first as the line drive rolled into nasty deep left territory.

“I want to be honest, I think I could have” gone for an extra base, Tromp said. “That was funny. I wanted to go for the second one. Get me a wheelchair.”

Jackson Stevens replaced Mueller and pitched two scoreless innings. Raizel Iglesias got three outs in the eighth before Kenley Jansen finished a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.

“Some guys (in the bullpen) are going to have to play different roles in the second game,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “But we have guys that have experience closing and guys that are ready to step up.”

In his only other appearance with the Braves this season, Mueller allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings at Texas on May 1. The Dallas native welcomed another opportunity to perform better.

“It was my hometown and Nolan Ryan and George W. Bush were there, so it wasn’t the best,” Mueller said. “It’s great to be a part of helping the team win and do their job. It’s the best feeling.”

Luzardo (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. The lefty walked two and struck out six. His first walk — to Michael Harris II with the bases loaded in the fourth — gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead.

“I had a chance to get out of that spot,” Luzardo said. “Unacceptable.”

MOVEMENT OF WAREHOUSE

The Braves optioned RHP Jay Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Mueller on the roster.

The Marlins selected RHP AJ Ladwig from Double-A Pensacola as the 27th player for a doubleheader.

RETURN TO THE OLD PLACE

Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson threw a ceremonial first pitch before the game. Johnson also spent five seasons at the University of Miami, where the Hall of Fame coach led the Hurricanes to the 1987 national championship. The Hurricanes played their home games at the Orange Bowl until the facility was torn down to build the Marlins’ current home stadium.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: 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.

FURTHER

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (9-6, 5.11) will start Game 2 of Saturday night’s doubleheader. The club did not announce a player for Sunday’s series finale.

Marlins: No starter announced for Game 2, while LHP Braxton Garrett (2-6, 4.02) will start Sunday.

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