MIAMI (AP) — Chadwick Tromp doubled twice, scored a single and drove in three runs in his first major league action of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves against the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Saturday in of the opening match of a doubleheader.
Matt Olson homered and Ronald Acuña Jr. and Robbie Grossman had two hits apiece for the Braves, who won their fourth in a row after losing four of five to the NL East-leading New York Mets.
Atlanta starter Kyle Muller scattered two runs and three hits in five innings. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Saturday, Muller (1-1) scored one goal and struck out five.
The Marlins have lost 11 of 12 home games and scored 21 total points in their first 11 games in August.
Tromp, 27, has played 33 games for San Francisco over the past two seasons. The Braves claimed the receiver on waivers last September.
Tromp’s two-run brace with the bases loaded capped a three-run fourth and gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead. Tromp limped into second place, catching the immediate attention of the Braves coaching staff, but he stayed in the game.
Miami closed the gap on Jesús Aguilar’s two-run homer in the bottom half. Aguilar drove a Muller slider into the left seats for his 14th home run.
Olson connected Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo for a solo practice on the fifth and second home runs of the series.
The Braves extended their lead on Tromp’s RBI single in the eighth. Perhaps feeling the effects of his previous brace, Tromp stayed early as the line drive rolled into foul territory deep on the left.
Jackson Stephens picked up Muller and pitched two scoreless innings. Raisel Iglesias got all three out in the eighth before Kenley Jansen finished with a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
Luzardo (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. The southpaw walked two and struck out six.
The Braves offered RHP Jay Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett to open Muller’s spot on the roster.
The Marlins selected Double-A Pensacola’s RHP AJ Ladwig as their 27th man for the doubleheader.
RETURN TO OLD TERRAIN
Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Johnson also spent five seasons at the University of Miami, where the Hall of Fame coach guided the Hurricanes to the 1987 national championship. The Hurricanes played their home games at the Orange Bowl until that the facility be razed to build the current Marlins stadium.
Marlins: INF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (lower right back injury) continues rehab at the club’s spring training facility in Jupiter, but has not started baseball activities. … OF Avisaíl García (left hamstring strain) continues his strengthening exercises and began a running program on Friday.
Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (9-6, 5.11) will start Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday night. The club has not announced a starter for Sunday’s series finale.
Marlins: Haven’t announced a starter for Game 2, while LHP Braxton Garrett (2-6, 4.02) will start Sunday.
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