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Perfect games? Unassisted triple plays?
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 They’re not even as rare as what Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off Monday night.His legend growing with each game Bradley Zimmer Jersey , the 20-year-old rookie hit leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader to lead the first-place Atlanta Braves to a sweep of the Miami Marlins.Acuna appeared to be only the fourth player in baseball history to accomplish the feat, and certainly the youngest.Two others, Rickey Henderson and Harry Hooper, are in the Hall of Fame.By comparison, there have been 23 perfect games and 15 unassisted triple plays.“It’s pretty special,” said Braves star Freddie Freeman, who also homered in Game 2. “He’s some kind of hot right now. What he’s doing at the plate, you just don’t see it very often.”Acuna hit an opposite-field drive into the Braves’ bullpen in the opener, powering Atlanta to a 9-1 victory. Haitian-American Touki Toussaint pitched six strong innings to claim the win in his major league debut.It was more of the same from Acuna in the nightcap. He sent a towering shot into the seats in left-center, sparking the Braves to a 6-1 win behind another strong outing on the mound from Mike Foltynewicz.Over the course of about nine hours , Acuna went 5-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs, five runs, two walks and a stolen base.“I just found out,” he said through a translator when asked if he knew about his unique double. “I give thanks to God for the opportunity to make history in my own sense.”The Elias Sports Bureau said Baltimore’s Brady Anderson was the last to hit a pair of leadoff homers in one day against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 21, 1999.Before that, it was accomplished by Oakland’s Henderson against the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1993. Hooper did it more than a century ago, playing for the Boston Red during a pair of games at the Washington Senators on May 20, 1913.“Freddie and I were just kind of standing there smiling at each other like Erik Gonzalez Jersey , ‘Again?'” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s been fun to watch.”The Braves stretched their lead in the NL East to a full game over idle Philadelphia.It was a totally forgettable day and night for the hapless Marlins, who struggled in all phases of the game. Poor hitting. Shaky pitching. Shoddy baserunning. Sloppy defense.Acuna has flourished since moving into the leadoff role for the Braves. He has 17 homers this season — four of them leading off games.Foltynewicz (10-7) matched his career high for wins and even chipped in with an RBI single — only his third hit of the season. He went eight innings, allowing five hits and the lone Miami run.Merandy Gonzalez (2-1) took the loss after being called up from Double-A Jacksonville for his first big league start. Freeman connected on his 19th homer of season. He’s piled up big numbers against the Marlins, hitting .434 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 13 meetings.Looking cool as can be on a sweltering summer afternoon in Atlanta, Toussaint took full advantage of his temporary promotion to serve as the team’s 26th player in the opening game. He surrendered just two hits and limited the damage from his only serious jam to a single run.Toussaint (1-0) was born in Florida but moved to Haiti just a few months later, living there for about eight years. He returned to Florida after his parents split up and gave baseball a try.He hopes word of his success gets back to Haiti, an impoverished Caribbean nation that has no passion for baseball and has never sent a native-born player to the majors.“To be able to play on this stage, to be able to represent my country, it’s definitely humbling,” Toussaint said. “Hopefully kids see that , go ahead and take a shot at it.”Acuna staked his fellow rookie to a quick lead with the homer off Pablo Lopez (2-3). Acuna added a two-run double in the sixth, highlighting a five-run outburst that turned the game into a blowout.HUMBLE BEGINNINGSToussaint wasn’t a big fan of baseball the first time he played.“I was terrible,” Toussaint recalled. “I had 24 at-bats and struck out like 22 times.”He took up pitching at a relatively late age, getting serious during his sophomore year of high school. He quickly blossomed into a top prospect and was picked in the first round by Arizona in 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMMiami 3B Martin Prado is headed back to the DL with yet another injury. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after straining his left quadriceps sometime in the first two innings of Game 1.It wasn’t clear how Prado was hurt, but he’s played only 53 games this season because of recurring hamstring issues. Last year, he was limited to a career-low 37 games because of injuries.“It didn’t sound too severe,” manager Don Mattingly said.Adding to the Marlins’ misery, Prado’s replacement was injured in Game 2. Miguel Rojas sustained a left ankle contusion while getting thrown out at third base to end the second inning.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-7, 3.98) gets the nod when the NL East rivals meet again on Tuesday.Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 2.83) returns to the mound after going only two innings in his most recent start. Sanchez had to leave last Thursday’s game at Washington after being struck on the leg with a liner up the middle. NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Jeff McNeil’s mind swung into action even before his bat.McNeill went 4 for 4 and hit a go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning that sent the New York Mets over the San Francisco Giants 6-3 Tuesday night.McNeil became the first Mets player with a pair of four-hit performances within his first 27 games.The 26-year-old McNeil singled in his first three at-bats Carlos Carrasco Jersey , then gave the Mets a 3-2 lead by lining a first-pitch fastball from left-hander Tony Watson (4-5) down the left field line.“I was kind of looking out over the plate. I faced him yesterday and he threw me three sliders, so I’ve seen that pitch I got a hit off it yesterday. So yeah, I was kind of expecting a fastball there and I got it,” McNeil said.McNeil is hitting .326 since making his big league debut this season. He was batting a combined .342 at Triple-A and Double-A.“He’s going and getting pitches, even good pitches and put the barrel on them,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “We’ve seen him go down and get one and hit it back over the middle. We’ve seen him reach out over the plate against a tough lefty in Watson and slap the ball down the left field line. So. he’s a multidimensional hitter than can do a lot of things with the bat and it shows.”With the score tied at 2, Jose Reyes led off the Mets eighth a triple off the center field fence. Watson got pinch hitter Todd Frazier on a popout and struck out Amed Rosario before McNeil delivered.Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer after the Giants intentionally walked Wilmer Flores and finished with four RBIs.Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who fell to 3-5 on an 11-game road trip — they’ve scored two runs or fewer five times. Longoria’s drive was San Francisco’s first homer since Andrew McCutchen connected last Wednesday.The Giants dropped to 62-65 and are behind several teams for the second NL wild-card spot. They also may lose star catcher Buster Posey to season-ending hip surgery, though decision has been made yet.“Truth of the matter is we have talked to him about it,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “So Roy Oswalt Jersey , we’ll continue to discuss it.”Corey Oswalt (3-2) pitched three scoreless innings. Seth Lugo worked the ninth, giving up a run when Austin Slater hit an RBI single off right fielder Jose Bautista’s glove.McNeil scored New York’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Conforto.Steven Matz allowed two runs on five hits in five innings in his second start for the Mets since returning from a strained left forearm.Matz also was robbed of a potential extra-base hit in the third by left fielder Hunter Pence. Matz hit a fly ball to the warning track and Pence made a basket catch as his hat fell off.Giants starter Chris Stratton was called up from Triple-A and allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.“Pitched very efficiently,” Bochy said. “That’s an area that he was trying to get better at and improve at and get back to where he was. And he did that. Threw a real nice game.”TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Posey didn’t play after catching all 13 innings Monday night. … RHP Dereck Rodriguez did some running and will participate in pitcher’s fielding practice Wednesday. He is set to be activated from the disabled list to start Friday against Texas.Mets: 3B David Wright (shoulder, back) continued his rehab by going 1 for 4 and playing seven innings in the field for Class A St. Lucie. … OF Jay Bruce (left hip) went 3 for 4 and played right field for St. Lucie.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69 ERA) will make his second start in place of RHP Dereck Rodriguez. Kelly allowed one run on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings Friday in Cincinnati.Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40 ERA) makes his fourth career start against San Francisco. He allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and threw a season-high 115 pitches Friday in Philadelphia.