Sean Newcomb continued his run of success while Ender Inciarte homered for the second straight game as the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Atlanta got the scoring started early with a bloop hit by Nick Markakis in the first inning that scored Freddie Freeman to put Atlanta in front 1-0. The score would remain that way until the sixth when Inciarte jumped on a high changeup from Marlins starter Jose Urena and drove it into the right field stands to increase the lead to 3-0.
The Braves tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Kurt Suzuki scored on pinch hit single by Preston Tucker.
Newcomb pitched around four walks but allowed just one hit over six shutout innings. He struck out six and now has thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings. He has allowed just five hits combined over his last three starts.
Sam Freeman and Dan Winkler worked scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth but things got dicey in the ninth. Jesse Biddle ran into trouble allowing back-to-back singles to Starlin Castro and J.B. Shuck. He was replaced by Arodys Vizcaino who struck out Lewis Brinson but then served up a three-run home run to Justin Bour to cut the lead to 4-3.
However, Vizcaino recovered to retire Yadiel Rivera on a fly out to Markakis and then got Derek Dietrich to ground out to Freddie Freeman at first to end it.
Inciarte was the story offensively for Atlanta going 2-for-4 with his second homer in as many days. Freeman went 1-for-3 while Ronald Acuña Jr. went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
The Braves will wrap up a seven-game road trip on Monday with a quick stop in Chicago for a makeup game against the Cubs.