ATLANTA — Instead of extending their recent woes in maddening fashion, the Braves staged a ninth-inning comeback and claimed a 7-6 walk-off win over the Marlins on Thursday afternoon at Truist Park.
Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuña Jr. began the ninth with consecutive singles against Dylan Floro, who walked Freddie Freeman to load the bases with nobody out. Floro issued Ozzie Albies a game-tying walk before Dansby Swanson hit a game-ending single to left field.
The rally, which snapped a four-game losing streak, was made necessary because A.J. Minter blew a save while closer Will Smith rested after pitching on Wednesday night. Minter issued a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth and allowed former teammate Adam Duvall to hit a game-tying double.
Duvall scored on a go-ahead single that Garrett Cooper tallied against Minter, who was pitching for the first time since walking each of the three batters he faced while attempting to protect a two-run lead in the eighth inning of Monday’s loss to the Marlins.
Pablo Sandoval gave the Braves a boost with a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth. The 34-year-old veteran has already hit three pinch-hit home runs during this young season.