Adams hits 2-run HR to power Braves past Pirates, 5-2

The Pirates took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Jordy Mercer scored from second on Dansby Swanson's wild throw to first. The latter is very impressive (5 of the 8 starts have been below 15.0) because it indicates Cole has been able to get through a majority of his innings pretty economically. He has not appeared in a major league game this season. Instead of promoting him, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday. On the other side, the Braves have lost five of Foltynewicz's last seven starts and are just 4-10 in their last 14 home games. That chased Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz.

Pittsburgh third baseman David Freese and manager Clint Hurdle were ejected in the fourth inning by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

"That's a week for a lot of people", Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. After a Jordy Mercer leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt, and a four-pitch walk to leadoff man Adam Frazier, Foltynewicz got a bouncing ball to short from the bat of Josh Harrison. Jason Motte came on in relief and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting pinch-hitter Jose Osuna to ground out to end the inning. Freese was arguing from the dugout about being called out on strikes, and Hurdle was tossed after coming on the field to protect his player. He has now recorded eight consecutive quality starts which have produced these numbers: 0.96 WHIP, 2.25 ERA, 4.36:1 K:BB ratio and 15.0 pitches per inning. But Mercer left the game in the eighth inning with discomfort after taking a grounder off his right hand and is listed as day-to-day. Pittsburgh will start RHP Tyler Glasnow, who is 19 years younger than the 42-year-old Dickey.

Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-4) will pitch on three days' rest.

The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves are asking fans to assist in choosing a new team name for the 2018 season.

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