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Braves win final and series behind scoreless performance by Charlie Morton

The Atlanta Braves rallied late to defeat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 to officially win the weekend series at Truist Park.

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The veteran came into today fresh off his worst outing since 2015 – eight runs allowed on twelve hits in just 5.2 innings against the Washington Nationals to open this homestand.

Today was a much-needed rebound for Morton.

Uncle Charlie pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, a third-inning single to shortstop Max Schuemann. Before the rain started to fall, which really started to rain during his final inning, Morton walked only three in the outing, but allowed two more as he began to lose his grip on the baseball late.

It’s a welcome sight for Braves fans who saw the 40-year-old post a 5.06 ERA in May and wondered whether Atlanta should be more aggressive in pursuing a starter (or several) at the trade deadline.

Morton’s curveball was, as usual, excellent: he threw 41% of the time today and accounted for eleven of his fifteen whiffs, with five of his six strikeouts coming on the pitch.

The Braves only managed seven hits today, but they made them count. The Braves got a lead in the first inning after Matt Olson singled in Marcell Ozuna, who walked and then advanced to second base on a passed ball. After the Atlanta bullpen gave up a tying home run in the 7th, a walk and back-to-back doubles retook the lead for the Braves, with an insurance run scored by pinch-runner JP Martínez (for Marcell Ozuna, who hit a double). ) on the 8th.

(That was the Braves regular-season debut for Martínez, who was called up after Ronald Acuña Jr.’s IL placement due to his torn ACL and has yet to appear in a game.)

Atlanta may have finished with just seven hits (and eight strikeouts), but four of them were doubles and they picked up a two-out RBI.

With today’s win, the Braves have completed a stretch of seventeen games in seventeen days and have tomorrow off. They’ll fly to Boston tonight and spend the day off on the road, a practice more teams are starting to embrace as they find the players get more relaxation from being away from home and the associated demands on their time that come with it. families and others pick up the players for a rare season day at home.

The Braves are back in action Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox as they return last month’s visit for another two-game series. Max Fried (Tuesday) and Spencer Schwellenbach (Wednesday) are the announced starters for Atlanta, with game times set for Tuesday at 7:10 PM and Wednesday at 1:35 PM.