Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. will get married, then hits grand slam to grow to be 1st 30-HR, 60-SB participant

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Acuña added to his NL MVP marketing campaign – and his marriage ceremony day – by conducting one thing that no participant has ever accomplished earlier than.

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. smiles as he stands on first base.
Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. smiles as he stands on first after being deliberately walked through the sixth inning of a baseball sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in Los Angeles. AP Photograph/Mark J. Terrill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. had a full day: The Atlanta Braves star bought married within the morning, hit a landmark grand slam and ended the night time beating NL MVP rival Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He hopes to postpone the honeymoon till November.

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Earlier than main the Braves over the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Thursday night time, Acuña wed fiancée Maria Laborde in a small ceremony at a home within the mountains about 45 minutes from the staff’s resort. The couple have two younger sons collectively.

“I didn’t point out something to anyone,” Acuña stated by a translator. “It’s one thing that I’ve had deliberate out weeks forward.”

“Holy cow,” stunned Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “I’m higher off not understanding most of these items, fairly actually, however congratulations to him.”

Acuña’s grand slam broke a 1-1 second-inning tie and made him the primary participant with 30 homers and 60 stolen bases in a season. Atlanta wanted a powerful offensive efficiency to beat a pair of homers by Betts.

“I really feel very pleased, I really feel very particular,” Acuña stated. “I’m very grateful, I really feel very privileged.”

Atlanta took a 7-1 lead within the fifth and held on when Raisel Iglesias struck out Kiké Hernández with two on for the ultimate out.

“That was some form of sport,” Snitker stated. “Lived as much as the hype, I suppose.”

After Acuña’s secret nuptials, he bought three hits and helped the key league-best Braves enhance to 88-45. He despatched a 429-foot shot into the left-field pavilion off Lance Lynn (10-10) in a six-run second inning for his third profession slam. Acuña has 36 profession homers in August, his most in any month. He stole his 62nd base within the ninth.

“He bought married and have become the primary participant in historical past to have 30 homers and 60 stolen bases,” teammate Michael Harris II stated. “That’s a reasonably wild day.”

Betts was 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs, three runs and two homers, giving him a career-high 38 on the season. His three-run, opposite-field drive to proper with two outs within the fifth pulled the Dodgers to 7-4. Acuña made a leaping seize on the wall however his glove was over the fence and the ball tipped off it.

“It’s onerous to not watch these two guys go head-to-head,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated.

Twelve of the sport’s 15 runs got here on seven homers by the highest two long-ball groups within the majors.

After Betts flied out to deep proper main off the ninth, Freddie Freeman walked and Will Smith singled, placing the potential tying and successful runs aboard. However Max Muncy flied out and Iglesias bought his twenty seventh save in 29 probabilities, his 18th in a row.

The Braves ended August with a 21-8 mark, making an attempt the Atlanta-era document for wins within the month set by the 1999 membership that went 21-7. Atlanta improved its MLB-leading document to 88-45.

“We prefer to play at our full potential and prefer to I suppose be challenged,” Harris stated, “and so they’re the staff that’s undoubtedly going to problem us and convey out the perfect in us. It’ll get our minds proper for October.”

The Dodgers completed the month 24-5 and had their four-game successful streak snapped. They lead the NL West at 83-50.

With the Dodgers trailing 7-1, Betts hit a three-run homer within the fifth off Spencer Strider (16-4), who allowed 4 runs and 4 hits in six innings with 9 strikeouts.

Michael Busch homered off Joe Jiménez within the seventh and Betts hit a solo shot that reduce the Dodgers’ deficit to 8-6. His two hits gave him 51 in August, essentially the most in Los Angeles Dodgers’ historical past. Muncy went deep main off the eighth, leaving the Dodgers trailing 8-7.

Acuña, Harris and Austin Riley had been a mixed 7 for 14 with seven hits and 7 RBIs. Every of them homered, too, giving the Braves a serious league-high 253 homers.

Acuña is saving his honeymoon till the season is over.

“Ideally after the World Collection,” he stated.

Coach’s room

Braves: INF Ozzie Albies bought the break day and can play the remainder of the collection.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (Tommy John surgical procedure) will start a rehab task Sunday. He’ll pitch one or two innings at Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis and make a minimum of three rehab begins earlier than rejoining the Dodgers’ rotation. The aim is to construct him up as a possible starter earlier than the tip of the common season.

Up subsequent

Atlanta’s Max Fried (5-1, 2.85 ERA) goes in opposition to fellow lefty Julio Urías (11-7, 4.41) on Friday.


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