Francisco Lindor’s comeback got upstaged by one from Atlanta.
Ronald Acuña Jr.’s two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the visiting Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday night, gaining a split and spoiling Lindor’s season debut.
The Braves trailed 7-0 after two innings but chipped away late and stopped a four-game losing streak.
Cleveland won the opener 8-4 behind Corey Kluber’s strong outing.
Acuña ripped his double to left on the second pitch from Cody Anderson, Cleveland’s third reliever in the ninth and a pitcher seeking his first big league save.
The Braves also got a two-run single by Ozzie Albies and a bases-loaded walk to Freddie Freeman in the inning before Acuña, the budding star, had been hitless in his previous six at-bats.
Before Atlanta’s comeback, the Indians welcomed back Lindor, the All-Star shortstop who made his season debut. Lindor, who missed the first 19 games with an ankle injury, he went 1 for 5 with a run scored.
Lindor could barely contain his excitement before the game.
“I miss my teammates,” he said. “I miss the things within the game. It’s an honor. It’s a privilege to be healthy. It’s a blessing, and I ain’t taking it for granted.”
Twins sweep Orioles: Minnesota hit 11 home runs in a doubleheader sweep at Baltimore, squeezing out a 6-5 victory before cracking eight long balls in a 16-7 rout. Eddie Rosario hit three, making him the first Twins player to hit nine home runs in the team’s first 18 games.
Red Sox 6, Rays 5: The World Series champions won a series for the first time this season when Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and a tie-breaking ninth-inning sacrifice fly for visiting Boston.
Marlins 9, Nationals 3: Curtis Granderson homered and host Miami busted out at the plate after changing hitting coaches, roughing up Washington ace Max Scherzer to win a series for the first time this season. Brian Anderson doubled twice and the Marlins finished with 11 hits in their first game under new batting coach Jeff Livesey. He was promoted when the team fired Mike Pagliarulo after Friday night’s 3-2 victory.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 0: Christian Yelich hit two home runs, pushing his major league-leading total to 13, and Chase Anderson pitched five shutout innings in a spot start for host Milwaukee. Ryan Braun added a three-run homer for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rangers 9, Astros 4: Joey Gallo hit another long home run, Asdrúbal Cabrera accounted for five runs and host Texas beat Houston, whose starter, Gerrit Cole, needed 43 pitches during a five-run first inning. Cole didn’t get the first out until a called third strike against Gallo with the bases loaded on his 32nd pitch.
Phillies 8, Rockies 5: Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer, Andrew McCutchen also connected and visiting Philadelphia beat Colorado. Phil Gosselin drove in three big runs to back scuffling Phillies ace Aaron Nola. Hector Neris got five outs for his third save.
Reds 4, Padres 2: Luis Castillo matched a season high with nine strikeouts and Jesse Winker added a pinch-hit homer as visiting Cincinnati extended San Diego’s losing streak to six games.
Mariners 6, Angels 5: Albert Pujols passed Babe Ruth for fifth place on baseball’s career RBI chart, but host Seattle added four more homers to its major league-leading power binge, with 53 home runs in 23 games. .
Cardinals 10, Mets 2: Miles Mikolas tossed eight solid innings and drove in two runs as host St. Louis beat New York.
D’backs 6, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball over six innings and visiting Arizona hit three home runs. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner also picked up his first victory in six career starts at Wrigley Field, giving him at least one win at every National League ballpark.
Yankees 9, Royals 2: Host New York got home runs from Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu to beat Kansas City and former A’s farmhand Heath Fillmyer.
White Sox-Tigers, ppd.: The game in Detroit was postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.
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