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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta2 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 11171
Cleveland0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5121
  W: M. Fried (3-0)   L: S. Bieber (2-1)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 PM CT, April 21, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 16,039

Indians, Braves facing unknowns in series finale

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Atlanta Braves at Cleveland Indians

  1. The last two series between these teams have resulted in sweeps - the Indians swept a three-game series in June 2016, and the Braves swept the Indians in three games in August 2013.
  2. Since the beginning of last season, the Braves have won one interleague series, tied with the Mets, Mariners and White Sox for fewest in MLB. That series win came in their first interleague set of 2018 - both the Braves and Indians will be playing their first interleague games of 2019.
  3. The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners yesterday, holding the M's to two and zero runs in their last two games, respectively. Cleveland has held opponents to two runs or fewer 10 times this season -- only the Rays (12) have more such games.
  4. Ronald Acuna Jr.'s nine-game active hitting streak is the second longest of his career, trailing an 11-game streak last August. Only Anthony Rendon (16) and Willy Adames (10) have longer active streaks. Acuna is seeing 4.70 pitches per plate appearance this season, second among MLB qualifiers (Rhys Hoskins, 4.91).
  5. In Carlos Santana's first off day of the season on Wednesday, Jake Bauers filled in at first base and hit a solo homer in a 1-0 Indians win. The Indians' .404 batting average and .521 OBP from first basemen both lead MLB in 2019.
  6. Corey Kluber's .305 opponent batting average in interleague games last season ranked last in MLB among the 27 pitchers to make at least five interleague starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/19/2019 thru 4/21/2019

The big inning has played a prominent role in the first two games of the Atlanta Braves' interleague series against the host Cleveland Indians.

With each team landing haymakers in the doubleheader, the clubs will look to deliver the knockout blow on Sunday night in the rubber match of the series.

The Indians enjoyed a six-run fifth inning in an 8-4 victory in the opener, and appeared poised to ride a five-run second to their fifth straight win in the nightcap.

The Braves, however, had other ideas and capped their rally from a seven-run deficit by posting a five-run ninth inning in an 8-7 victory.

"We've never given up, we've never surrendered. We're going to keep at it until that 27th out. That never changes," Ronald Acuna Jr. said through a translator after ripping a two-run double to complete the uprising and snap Atlanta's four-game losing skid.

"These guys fight 'til the end and they never feel like they're out of a game. So, I never feel like they're out of a game. ... That's the thing I admire the most about this group -- and that's a good trait to have," Braves coach Brian Snitker said.

Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (2-0, 0.92 ERA) will look to continue his team's momentum, as well as prevent the big inning, on Sunday night.

Fried turned in his third straight strong start on Tuesday by yielding two runs on seven hits in six innings of a no-decision against Arizona. He has permitted just three runs on 13 hits and kept the ball in the park in five appearances (19 2/3 innings) this season.

The 25-year-old Fried has yet to face Cleveland in his young career, although he has retired Kevin Plawecki (0-for-3), Carlos Santana (0-for-2), Carlos Gonzalez (0-for-2) and Mike Freeman (0-for-1) in brief encounters.

Fried will also need to keep an eye on three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who scored a run in the nightcap in his season debut after being activated earlier on Saturday.

"I had a blast," Lindor said of his return. "Unfortunately, we lost. It's not the outcome we wanted. But it's good. It felt good to be out there with the team. Felt good to listen to the crowd. It was a tough game, but I was happy to be a part of it."

Fried will be opposed by right-hander Shane Bieber (2-0, 1.71 ERA), who won his second straight start on Tuesday after allowing one run on four hits in six innings of a 4-2 victory in Seattle.

Bieber has permitted four runs on 11 hits in four appearances (21 innings) this season and limited the opposition to a .147 batting average.

The 23-year-old Bieber will be making his first career start against Atlanta and has not faced any member of its roster.

"They're a really tough lineup to match up against," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "Part of it is the way they're constructed, and part of it is their hitters. So they really present problems when you start thinking about going left-right."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 21, 2019

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