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Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Braves (74-47) started their series against the Houston Astros (77-44) with a win, 6-2 in a rematch from last year’s World Series.
Starting pitcher Kyle Wright (15-5) got the win for the Braves. He pitched 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits and a walk. Wright also struck out seven batters.
In the bottom of the third inning, Austin Riley hit a three-run home run (31) that gave the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Dansby Swanson went 3-5, including a double that drove in Michael Harris II and Ronald Acuna Jr. and scored twice. Acuna was 2-4 including two runs and a walk.
Astros’ designated hitter Yordan Álvarez left the game in the fifth inning due to an illness. Also, center fielder Mauricio Dubón left the game in the sixth inning due to a shoulder injury after attempting to catch a hit from Swanson.
The projected starting pitchers for Saturday’s matchup include RHP Spencer Strider (7-4) for the Braves and RHP Cristian Javier (7-8) for the Astros.