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Acuña, Morton lift Braves to 8-4 win over Cardinals

Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a three-run homer Monday night, leading the Atlanta Braves to an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.


Acuña finished with a 3-for-4 night with a double and a single. He also drew a walk and scored two runs.


Ozzie Albies smacked a two-run homer and Austin Riley added a solo shot in the Braves' 10-hit attack.


Paul Goldschmidt hit his first home run of the season along with a single in four at-bats. Nolan Arenado, Nolan Gorman and Tyler O'Neill each had two hits.


Charlie Morton (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings to notch the win. Morton scattered nine hits in giving up three runs. He walked two with one strikeout.


Jake Woodford pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, including three home runs. He walked three and registered three strikeouts.


The Cardinals tied the game when Alec Burleson scored on a fielder’s choice in the first inning.


The Braves scored five runs on two home runs in the second, sending nine men to bat. With a runner on base, Albies homered to right. Acuña extended the Atlanta lead to 6-1 with a three-run homer to center field.


St. Louis narrowed the lead to 6-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by rookie Jordan Walker and a ground out by Brendan Donovan.


Atlanta got two runs back in the seventh off reliever Jordan Hicks.


Matt Olson drove in a run with a single and Travis D’Arnaud hit a run-scoring double off Hicks.


Goldschmidt hit a 3-1 fastball to center field in the seventh off reliever Nick Anderson, cutting the Braves lead to 8-4.

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