Braves bid for series victory versus reeling Rays

Finding ways to win is the trademark of a good team. No club has done better this season atlanta braves

Braves Friday’s 2-1 series-opening victory counted his two hits. tampa bay rays, Atlanta will look to clinch a series win on Saturday night at the St. Petersburg, Florida

All-Star catcher Sean Murphy played the hero Friday by hitting a two-run homer. The catcher also threw out two runners on base.

“It’s about winning the game,” Braves said manager Brian Snitker. “I don’t care how you do it. Who gets it.

Murphy’s homer off Tyler Glasnow in the fourth inning proved the difference. Atlanta has now held the lead for 24 consecutive games.

“It’s a good game to win,” Snitker said. “You have to win games against this kind of club. You have to win them like this.”

Ronald Acuna Jr. of Atlanta. His 16-game hitting streak was broken on Friday, and Marcell Ozuna’s 15-game streak ended as well.

While Atlanta has won nine of the last 10 games rays Has lost six consecutive games on the season

“Things aren’t getting any easier right now,” said Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash. “It’s part of the season, but I want our guys to feel good going into the break.”

Saturday’s pitching matchup features some hard throwers with tremendous bounce.

Atlanta is going with All-Star Spencer Strider (10-2, 3.66 ERA), who leads the majors with 155 strikeouts.

Tampa Bay is turning to rookie Taj Bradley (5-4, 5.27), who has 76 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings.

None of the starters have yet faced opposition.

Strider is one of a franchise-high eight players to be selected to the All-Star Game. The 24-year-old has won each of his last four starts, striking out 34 in 24 2/3 innings over that span.

He gave up three runs (two earned) with nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

With an impressive lead in the National League East Braves Looking to enter the All-Star break on a high

“We come in every day and try to stay as balanced as we can,” Strider said after his recent debut. “We think of the first part as practice for the second part. So we like where we are.”

For raysbradley going through some growing pains

He allowed one run on three hits over six innings of a 7–2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on June 21.

But in his last two starts, the 22-year-old rookie has struggled. Bradley allowed seven earned runs in four innings in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 27, and five runs in 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision at the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

After Bradley’s last start, Cash said, “He couldn’t keep people away.” “I thought he had great stuff. He came out of the gate just hitting with some bad stuff and I don’t think he went. Just the end of getting those guys to the two-strike count that didn’t come off like they usually do.”

–Field Level Media

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