Anderson's 2 Homers Lead Miami Marlins to Win Over Atlanta Braves

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  • The Marlins chased Atlanta starter Dallas Keuchel with a five-run fourth capped by Anderson's second home run for an 8-0 lead.

Brian Anderson's personal milestone was part of the Miami Marlins' happy homecoming after a rough road trip.

Anderson homered twice to reach 20 for the season to lead the Marlins to a 9-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

"It's good to see when you get those personal accomplishments but at the end of the day it's nice see us playing better ball," Anderson said. "I'm just trying to get better pitches to hit. I still have a lot of room to develop."

Elieser Hernandez pitched six shutout innings as the Marlins returned from a six-game road losing streak and beat the NL East-leading Braves at home for the first time this season after six previous losses. Hernandez (2-4) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked two. The right-hander retired 11 consecutive batters before Ronald Acuña's leadoff single in the sixth.

"You don't want what happened on the road to continue," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Guys walked out of here with a good feeling."

Hernandez also got his first career hit with a single in the fifth.

"I always have worked for that and I knew that day was going to come," Hernandez said through a translator.

Starlin Castro had two hits and drove in three runs, and Jon Berti went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for Miami.

The Marlins chased Atlanta starter Dallas Keuchel with a five-run fourth capped by Anderson's second home run for an 8-0 lead. Anderson's drive landed in the walkway above the left-center wall for his first career multi-homer game.

Anderson is hitting .400 with four home runs and six RBIs in his last seven games.

Miami also got run-scoring singles from Berti and Jorge Alfaro, and Castro's RBI double in the inning.

Keuchel (3-5) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since joining the Braves on June 10.

"Today it just seemed like they took some advantage of some hitters' counts whether it was early or I was behind with some rolling cutters," Keuchel said. "There wasn't really many things to enjoy about tonight."

Berti's RBI single off Atlanta reliever Jeremy Walker in the fifth put Miami ahead 9-0.

Castro hit a two-run homer and Anderson followed with a solo blast to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead in the first. Castro's shot was his 10th, giving him double-figure home runs in nine consecutive seasons.

Acuña hit his 30th homer, a solo blast off Miami reliever Tayron Guerrero in the eighth.

"I'm trying not to give away at-bats and I'm trying not to give away pitches," Acuña said through a translator. "It doesn't matter if it is a 15-pitch at-bat, I'm going to be aggressive on every single pitch. That's just the mentality I take going into every at-bat."

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