Braves defeat Mariners 6-4 behind four homers, overtake Mets in NL East race

In a playoff-like atmosphere at T-Mobile Park on Friday night, the Braves hit four home runs and a gutsy pitching performance for a 6-4 win over Robbie Ray and the Mariners.

With the victory, the Braves are half a game ahead of New York in the NL East Race.

The Braves hit first as Ronald Acuña scored a single and Dansby Swanson homered for a 2-0 lead. After a bit of summer chill, it looks like Dansby is heating up again for the final month of the regular season.

Seattle tied things up late in the second with a two-point shot of their own courtesy of Carlos Santana. The ball flew all night at T-Mobile Park.

In the fourth, Michael Harris II extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double out of the box. He came to score on a Robbie Grossman single. Grossman continues to do his job, especially against left-handed pitchers.

The Braves added to make it 4-2 in the fifth as Travis d’Arnaud fired a 3-1 fastball just over the wall to right center. Seattle responded in the bottom half with a two-out, two-strike homer from JP Crawford, who smoked a hanging curveball from Charlie Morton.

The home run barrage continued for Atlanta in the sixth as they entered the Seattle bullpen. Michael Harris went to the opposite court for a long tee shot as his magical rookie campaign continued.

Two batters later, Grossman landed his third hit of the night with a solo shot to make it 6-3.

Morton was fine overall, but he continues to get hurt by the long ball. He has made as many as 24 homers during the season, six more than he has ever made before. He allowed only six total hits, but half went over the wall. He also walked two and struck out five. Morton’s ERA for the season sits at 4.08.

The bullpen trio of AJ Minter, Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen earned him the win.

The Braves are 87-51. The Mets lost (again) to the Marlins on Friday night, giving Atlanta a half-game lead in the division for the first time this year.

The streak continues Saturday night and the throwing game is expected to be a dandy with Max Fried set to take on George Kirby, who boasts a solid 3.15 / 3.06 FIP / 3.25 xFIP ERA over 20 starts this season. Kirby will be the first right-handed starting pitcher the Braves have seen since last weekend. The first launch is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET.

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