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Braves bats back Kolby Allard as rookie wins first big league start

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Allard didn’t have his best stuff but made it through 5+ innings in the rain.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Kolby Allard won his big league debut on Tuesday night as the Braves crushed the Marlins behind 19 hits and a final score of 11-6.

Allard, who won’t turn 21 for two more weeks, worked 5+ innings as a steady rain fell at SunTrust Park. The rookie southpaw surrendered five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. The only batter he struck out was opposing pitcher Dan Straily, and he only generated a handful of swing-and-misses. Allard primarily worked fastball-changeup and did not have a good feel for his curveball. The rain might’ve had something to do with it.

The Braves’ bats came alive early and never stopped. Ronald Acuña hit a towering home run to lead off the game. Nick Markakis roped his 12th homer of the season in the third to push the lead to 3-0.

The Marlins got to Allard in the fourth with two runs to cut the lead to 3-2.

Atlanta would come right back in the bottom half of the frame with back-to-back doubles to make it 4-2. Kurt Suzuki would later clear the bases with a three-run double down the left field line to make it 8-2.

Ender Inciarte had four hits on Tuesday evening. Every starter recorded at least one hit, and everyone but Suzuki scored at least one run. Johan Camargo hit a no-doubt homer in the sixth to give him a dozen on the year. Acuña and Freddie Freeman pitched in with RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

The Braves will go for a series sweep on Wednesday night. Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.00 ERA) will face Pablo Lopez (2-2, 5.34 ERA) at 7:35 p.m. ET, weather permitting.