Venezuelan Acuña Junior sets a new record for the Braves in the major leagues

Venezuelan Acuña Junior sets a new record for the Braves in the major leagues

Venezuelan star Ronald Acuña Jr. set a new record for the Atlanta Braves on Monday in Major League Baseball, as fellow countryman Ranger Suarez reached 25 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

Acuña Jr., the National League Player of the Year, surpassed Dominican Rafael Furcal as the Braves player with the most stolen bases since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.

The 26-year-old from La Guaira tied the record by stealing the 190th home run of his career in the Majors in the bottom of the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins.

“The truth is I didn't know I was about to break the record,” Acuña Jr. later admitted. “When I'm about to do something, people tell me or I see it, but this time I did it without knowing it and I think 'it was better that way.' “

The Braves defeated the Marlins 3-0 in front of their home crowd at Truist Park.

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All three runs came in the fourth inning, starting with a home run by Travis d'Arnaud, his fifth in four games, which allowed Dominican Marcell Ozuna to reach the plate as well.

A David Fletcher single capped the Braves' seventh win in their last eight games, a streak that took them to the top spot in the NL East.

Another Venezuelan, Ranger Suarez, was also the protagonist of the day as he reached 25 consecutive innings without allowing a run, the longest streak by a Philadelphia Phillies player since 2011.

The 28-year-old left-handed pitcher again dominated from the mound on Monday with seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Phillies at home to the Cincinnati Reds.

The last run allowed by Suarez, who leads the National League in ERA (1.36), was in the fourth inning of an April 6 win over the Washington Nationals.

Suarez's streak is the longest by a Phillies pitcher since Cliff Lee racked up 30.2 scoreless innings in 2011.

For their part, the New York Yankees fell 2-0 in their series opener at home to the Oakland Athletics, and the Baltimore Orioles beat them to the top of the American League Eastern Division.

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