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Marlins, riding an offensive surge, look to topple Braves again

Field Level Media
14 Apr 2021, 22:40 GMT+10

The Miami Marlins hope to keep their newfound offensive momentum going on Wednesday when they shoot for their fourth straight win in Atlanta against the Braves.

The Marlins are on a three-game winning streak after claiming the first two contests of the four-game series against Atlanta. Miami outslugged the Braves 14-8 on Tuesday night, producing a season high in runs and hits (17).

Much of the damage on Tuesday came from left fielder Adam Duvall, who was 4-for-5, including a pair of home runs. He also scored four runs and matched a club record with seven RBIs.

Duvall hit 16 homers as a member of the Atlanta team that won the National League East last season, but the Braves let him become a free agent to make room for Cristian Pache, the organization's top prospect. The Marlins signed Duvall, and his bat has come to life this week. He has three homers in the series and raised his batting average from .160 to .267 on Tuesday.

"I have no doubt in my mind that I'm going to get going," Duvall said before the series began. "I would love for it to come right now and I'm going to do everything I can to do that."

Miami has had a different hero in each game. In the series-opening win on Monday it was right fielder Garrett Cooper, who had three hits and drove in three runs.

"I'm looking forward to us getting into a groove," Duvall said. "Up and down the lineup, hitting is contagious. You can find yourself piggy backing off of other guys and getting everybody going."

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker made a change to the lineup on Tuesday and moved Freddie Freeman into the No. 2 spot, where he hit much of last season. Freeman had two hits.

"We got Freddie up in some good situations," Snitker said. "I like the flow of (the new lineup) and how it felt a lot."

The pitching matchup for the third game of the series features a pair of right-handers -- Atlanta veteran Charlie Morton (1-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. Miami rookie Nick Neidert (0-0, 2.08).

Neidert will be making his second start of the season. He made his debut on Thursday against the New York Mets and allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings on three hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Neidert grew up in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Suwanee and was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in December 2017 as part of a trade involving outfielder Dee Gordon.

Neidert made one relief appearance against the Braves in 2020. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one batter.

The 37-year-old Morton worked six innings in his last start, a win over Philadelphia on Friday. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk and struck out seven.

Morton did not face the Marlins last season. In 13 career starts against Miami, Morton is 7-4 with a 3.77 ERA.

The Braves had to place Pache on the injured list with a left groin strain. They also announced pitcher Max Fried will have an MRI on his right hamstring, which he aggravated while running the bases on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

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