Arcia drives in go-ahead run as Braves beat rookie Miller, Mariners 6-2

Miller allows 3 runs, 4 hits in 6 1/3 innings
May 19, 2023 at 7:17 p.m.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Bryce Miller delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Atlanta.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Bryce Miller delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Atlanta. (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

By Charles Odum, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando Arcia's single off the right-field wall drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs and the Atlanta Braves overcame another strong start by Seattle rookie Bryce Miller to beat the Mariners 6-2 on Friday night.

Miller, making only his fourth major league start, led 2-1 before fading and leaving the game in the seventh. Ozuna's bloop single off Trevor Gott drove in Eddie Rosario with the tying run. Arcia's 374-foot single off the bricks on the right-field wall drove in Ozzie Albies, who walked.

Matt Olson, who singled in a run off Miller in the first, added a homer off Justin Topa in the eighth for a 4-2 lead. Ozuna's two-run single off left-hander Tayler Saucedo pushed the lead to four runs.

Miller (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits with one walk in 6 1/3 innings. In the first matchup of starting pitchers named Bryce, Atlanta’s Bryce Elder allowed two runs in six innings.

Olson lined a double off Bryce Miller to the right-field wall to drive in Ronald Acuña Jr., who led off the game with another double to right. Olson began the night hitting only .230 following a 3-for-21 road trip.

Elder held the 1-0 lead until the seventh. Julio Rodríguez doubled and moved to third when Elder walked Jarred Kelenic on a wild pitch. Eugenio Suárez lined a single to left field to drive in Rodríguez for the tying run and knock Elder out of the game.

Teoscar Hernández added a run-scoring single off Collin McHugh (2-0), driving in Kelenic, to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead.

Elder helped himself with a strong defensive play, reaching behind his back to snag a grounder hit by J.P. Crawford before throwing to first base to end the third inning.

Crawford hit a one-out double off Elder in the sixth and moved to third on a wild pitch. Ty France lined out to Michael Harris II in center field. After running in for the catch, Harris took advantage of his momentum to make a strong throw to the plate. Crawford, trying to score from third, was tagged out by catcher Sean Murphy several feet in front of the plate.

Trainer's room

Braves LHP Dylan Lee (left shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday. LHP Lucas Luetge (left bicep inflammation) was reinstated from the injured list after missing 27 games.

Also, IF Charlie Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and IF Braden Shewmake was optioned to Gwinnett. IF Ehire Adrianza (left shoulder strain) was moved to the 60-day IL and is expected to miss “a significant amount of time,” according to manager Brian Snitker.

Up next

Snitker says the Braves may use a bullpen committee in Saturday night's second game of the series. Snitker has used his bullpen to fill a rotation spot since placing both LHP Max Fried (strained left forearm) and RHP Kyle Wright (right shoulder inflammation) on the injured list. RHP Logan Gilbert (1-2, 3.91) is scheduled to start for Seattle.

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