The Atlanta Braves won their 75th game of the year on Tuesday night, taking down the Miami Marlins after a rather intense start to the ball game. Brian Snitker was only in the dugout for one pitch before getting tossed after Ronald Acuña was hit by the game's first pitch.
Despite Snitker's absence, the Braves prevailed, as Freddie Freeman put the team on his back, driving in four runs and hitting two homers in the victory.
Dallas Keuchel tossed a gem on the mound, throwing six innings, striking out seven and surrendering a pair of earned runs. Keuchel gave up six hits and walked two batters in the outing while notching his 1,000th career strikeout.
The southpaw was relieved by Luke Jackson in the seventh inning, who tossed a clean frame, fanning two batters. He was replaced by Shane Greene and Chris Martin who shut the door on the Marlins.
With the victory on Tuesday, the Braves added to their lead over the Nationals, who lost 4-1 to the Pirates. Atlanta is now up six games over Washington, and maintained their nine-game lead over the Mets.
Ronald Acuña Jr. went 1-for-4 with a run in the win while Matt Joyce drove in the only run not provided by Freeman as part of the right fielder's two-hit night.
Brian McCann exited the game as a precautionary move, with the veteran catcher dealing with knee soreness. He was replaced by Tyler Flowers who went 0-for-3 at the plate.
With Tuesday's win in the bag, the Braves will deploy Julio Teheran on the mound in Wednesday's clash with Miami.