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Marlins promote hot-hitting Dean from Minors

Bostick optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in corresponding move
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ATLANTA -- The message the Marlins gave to all their Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was, that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, outfielder Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and on Wednesday he had his contract selected to join the Marlins.

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ATLANTA -- The message the Marlins gave to all their Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was, that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, outfielder Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and on Wednesday he had his contract selected to join the Marlins.

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The Marlins optioned utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans to open a roster spot for Dean.

Dean, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 28 prospect, is expected to get a chance to play either right or left field.

Dean put up strong numbers all season, hitting a combined .345/.410/.511 with 12 home runs, 68 RBIs and an OPS of .922 with Jacksonville and New Orleans.

"He's had a tremendous season," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "Like I've said, it's always nice when players put themselves on the radar. With Austin this year, he's definitely opened a lot of eyes."

A fourth-round Draft pick in 2012, Dean opened the season at Jacksonville, where in 22 games, he batted .420 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He was promoted to New Orleans on April 29, where he hit .326 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 87 games.

The Marlins created a 40-man roster space for Dean on Tuesday night after their 10-6 loss to the Braves, when they traded right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to the Angels for cash considerations.

Dean had been a candidate for a September callup, but with the injuries to Miguel Rojas (left ankle contusion) and Martin Prado (on the DL with a left quad strain), the Marlins decided to make the roster move now. At some point before November, Miami would have had to make a decision to put Dean on their 40-man roster or risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.

"Obviously, we've been following him throughout his career in our system, and he's taken a big step forward this year," Hill said. "He mastered Double-A and we got him to Triple-A. We wanted to see how he would respond to the challenge of Triple-A. He's continued the same quality at-bats. Suffice it to say, given our injury situation, we've definitely talked about him and how he might possibly fit."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Bostick's wild ride to making Marlins debut

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ATLANTA -- Newly acquired utility player Christopher Bostick has a new appreciation for the expression "timing is everything."

The way Bostick arrived with the Marlins on Monday was purely a matter of chance and circumstance. The 25-year-old happened to have a connecting flight in Atlanta at the time Martin Prado strained his left quad in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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ATLANTA -- Newly acquired utility player Christopher Bostick has a new appreciation for the expression "timing is everything."

The way Bostick arrived with the Marlins on Monday was purely a matter of chance and circumstance. The 25-year-old happened to have a connecting flight in Atlanta at the time Martin Prado strained his left quad in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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In need of another player, Bostick became the logical candidate because he had been acquired the day before from the Pirates for cash considerations and Miami had already placed him on its 40-man roster.

"Being in the right airport in the right city at the right time," Bostick said on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday turned into an improbable scramble for Bostick, who took a flight out of Washington, D.C., and was scheduled to arrive in Memphis to join Triple-A New Orleans. Those plans changed due to Prado being placed on the 10-day disabled list.

"We made the trade for Chris Bostick for depth," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

As soon as Prado came out of the game, Hill contacted traveling secretary Manny Colon to get in touch with Bostick. Hill also was getting injury updates on Prado from team head athletic trainer Dustin Luepker.

"While I was talking with Dustin, trying to figure out the severity, we were making sure that [Bostick] didn't get on that flight," Hill said.

Video: MIA@ATL: Prado leaves game with left quad strain

Bostick was at the gate for his connecting flight with three travel bags already on the plane when he was told to join the team for Game 2 of Monday's twin bill.

"Two bags went to Memphis, one bag ended up getting taken off the plane," Bostick said.

Bostick actually left the airport without any of his three pieces of luggage, and he took an Uber to SunTrust Park.

"I had nothing with me, my backpack when I got here," Bostick said. "I was thinking about it during the game. I'm like, 'Man, I don't know where my bags are.' I was wondering if they knew where the one was. At the end of the day, baseball is baseball."

Bostick ended up borrowing a pair of cleats from Dan Straily, whom he knew in 2011 when both were in the A's system. Bostick would walk as a pinch-hitter during the eighth inning of Game 2.

"Luckily he had my shoe size, 11 1/2 size," Bostick said. "First time I wore cleats with a pitcher's toe on them. They gave me an outfield glove, and [I] borrowed an infield glove. I grabbed some extra bats out of the bag and was on my way."

Bostick may get opportunities at third base, second and center field.

Worth noting

• Infielder Miguel Rojas, who bruised his left ankle in Game 2 on Monday night, is feeling a little better. But if he isn't better by Friday, when the team begins a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, Miami may place him on the DL.

Rojas accepted blame for the injury, saying he tried to advance from first to third on Bryan Holaday's single because left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. didn't charge the ball and was flat-footed.

"At the end of the day on that play, there was not a lot of upside to that play, and for a number of reasons," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He probably has the shortest throw out there. He did catch him flat-footed, I will say that. But we know who is up next: the pitcher. The chances of getting a hit aren't really that great, and he still can score from second base on a hit. So him getting to third is not really an advantage in any way."

Video: MIA@ATL: Rojas leaves game after sliding into third

Kyle Barraclough (lower back stiffness) is expected to throw a sim game on Wednesday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Realmuto homers, but Fish can't contain Acuna

All-Star catcher finding his groove over past six games
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ATLANTA -- A sluggish Marlins offense woke up a bit on Tuesday night, with J.T. Realmuto leading the way with a home run and four RBIs. But once again, the team didn't have an answer for Ronald Acuna Jr.

Acuna belted two home runs, including a leadoff shot for the third straight game, and drove in four runs as the Braves outslugged the Marlins, 10-6, at SunTrust Park.

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ATLANTA -- A sluggish Marlins offense woke up a bit on Tuesday night, with J.T. Realmuto leading the way with a home run and four RBIs. But once again, the team didn't have an answer for Ronald Acuna Jr.

Acuna belted two home runs, including a leadoff shot for the third straight game, and drove in four runs as the Braves outslugged the Marlins, 10-6, at SunTrust Park.

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At a time the Marlins are reeling, Realmuto continued to show signs of coming out of his slump. Realmuto opened August 1-for-23 (.043), but the All-Star catcher is 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run and two doubles over his last six games.

"He looks good again," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He went through a little stretch there it seemed like after the break, where he seemed off. Now, he really looks like he's seeing the ball better. You can see his takes, his swings, he looks a lot better."

Video: MIA@ATL: Mattingly on Conley, Richards in the loss

After dropping both games of a doubleheader on Monday -- 9-1 and 6-1 -- the Marlins found themselves in a back-and-forth affair that eventually was settled when Dansby Swanson snapped a 6-6 tie with a run-scoring single in the seventh. The crushing blow came later in the inning on Acuna's three-run, opposite-field homer off Adam Conley, who was tagged for five runs in two frames.

Video: MIA@ATL: Swanson rips a go-ahead RBI knock in 7th

The Marlins have dropped four straight and 13 of 15.

Two pitches into the night, it appeared the game would mirror Monday's twin bill. Trevor Richards' first two pitches were taken deep for home runs -- first by Acuna, then by Charlie Culberson.

"They were hunting fastballs all night," said Richards, who allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. "They hunted the first two and hit them out. I left them over the plate, and they made me pay."

Video: MIA@ATL: Acuna Jr., Culberson go back-to-back in 1st

Miami was able to regroup and get back into the game.

"We swung the bats better," Mattingly said. "We kind of responded all night. They get two homers like that to start the game, and it's almost like, 'Here we go again.' But our guys, J.T. get us back in it. We swung the bats pretty good for a while. Just that sixth, we lost momentum right there and we didn't do anything else."

Realmuto snapped out of his slump with a two-run homer and two-run single off Anibal Sanchez.

"Feeling better. Starting to see the ball better," Realmuto said. "Went through that slump where I was a little late and wasn't swinging at good pitches."

Video: MIA@ATL: Realmuto lines a two-run single to left

Like he did in each game of Monday's doubleheader, Acuna homered to lead off the first. The past two games were on the first pitch. The 20-year-old rookie made history with his first-inning shot, becoming the youngest player ever to homer in five consecutive games.

Miami took a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning on Christopher Bostick's pinch-hit RBI double, which scored Magneuris Sierra from first. But the lead was short-lived, as Freddie Freeman connected on a two-out solo home run off Conley in the sixth.

Video: MIA@ATL: Freeman drives a solo home run to center

Acuna's three-run, opposite-field shot in the seventh off Conley broke open a four-run lead.

"They're a really good offense," Realmuto said. "Hit for average and power from top to bottom. We just haven't done a good enough job with executing our pitches, and they're not missing our mistakes."

Video: MIA@ATL: Acuna homers twice to tally 8 HRs in 8 games

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
A turning point came in the sixth inning for the Marlins after they took a 6-5 lead on Bostick's pinch-hit double. The Marlins loaded the bases with no outs, so they had a chance for more, but Brian Anderson struck out and Derek Dietrich tapped into a 4-6-3 double play.

"Obviously, the sixth," Mattingly said. "We take the lead there. We have the bases loaded. We have the right guys up there, honestly. Have a chance to do some damage, and we weren't able to get anything there. You kind of could feel the momentum change right there. They came right back and scored on us."

Video: MIA@ATL: Biddle gets Dietrich to hit into a DP in 6th

SOUND SMART
The Marlins have lost seven straight games at SunTrust Park, the longest single stretch in franchise history at Atlanta.

BOSTICK FOUND HIS LUGGAGE AND MAINTAINED HIS SWING
Bostick's path to the Marlins was an unexpected one. On Sunday, Miami acquired him from the Pirates for cash considerations. Bostick was initially scheduled to report to Triple-A New Orleans, which is playing in Memphis. He was flying to Memphis on Monday with a connection in Atlanta. During his layover, Marlins third baseman Martin Prado strained his left quad and landed on the disabled list. Bostick was informed he was joining the Marlins, and he arrived in time to walk in his only plate appearance during Monday's doubleheader. On Tuesday, he ripped an RBI double down the third-base line. More >

Video: MIA@ATL: Bostick doubles for his 1st Marlins hit, RBI

HE SAID IT
"He's looking for fastballs over the plate and I didn't execute them enough. It leaked back over. Just looking for fastballs, and I gave him some tonight." -- Richards, on Acuna

DESPAIGNE TRADED
The Marlins dealt Odrisamer Despaigne, who opened the season as the rotation's No. 3 starter before moving into a bullpen role, to the Angels for cash considerations on Tuesday night. The veteran right-hander, who went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA in 11 games (one start) for the Marlins this season, was placed on the DL in late April with a right forearm strain. At New Orleans, he posted a 2-3 record with a 4.36 ERA in 43 1/3 innings.

The trade clears a 40-man roster spot, as Miami is now at 39. The organization is in position to bring up a player from the Minor Leagues should a decision be made to place Miguel Rojas (left ankle bruise) on the DL.

A candidate who could be in line for a promotion is No. 28 prospect Austin Dean, who is batting .326 in 87 games at New Orleans after hitting .420 in 22 games at Double-A Jacksonville. Dean isn't on the 40-man roster.

Dean also is a candidate to be brought up even if Rojas doesn't go on the DL. He could play right field if Anderson is moved to third base with Prado (left quad strain) sidelined.

UP NEXT
The Marlins wrap up their four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:35 p.m. ET with Jose Urena getting the start, opposing Kevin Gausman. Urena will be making his team-leading 24th start, but he has had a tough time against the Braves. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA vs. Atlanta this year.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Best August trade in Marlins history

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While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

ASTROS
Acquired: 3B Jeff Bagwell from BOS
Gave up: RHP Larry Andersen
Date: Aug. 30, 1990
As impactful as the Astros' trade was last year to land Justin Verlander, the club's 1990 trade netted a player who would don an Astros uniform for all 15 years of his Major League career and end up in the Hall of Fame. Bagwell is the greatest slugger in Astros history, winning the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1994 NL Most Valuable Player Award, being named to four All-Star teams and belting 449 career home runs. The first baseman led a resurgence of baseball in Houston in the 1990s and helped take the franchise to new heights in the early 2000s.

Video: Jeff Bagwell reflects on conversation with Andersen

Andersen was a 16-year-veteran who had a 1.95 ERA in 50 appearances on the season for Houston at the time of the trade. With Bagwell, a third baseman at the time, blocked by future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs at the position, Boston made the deal for a reliever who would appear in 15 games with a 1.23 ERA. That winter, Andersen signed as a free agent with the Padres, and pitched for two seasons with San Diego before his final two seasons with the Phillies.

ATHLETICS
Acquired: SS Stephen Drew from ARI
Gave up: INF Sean Jamieson
Date: Aug. 20, 2012
The A's might have outdone themselves this year with the additions of relievers Fernando Rodney and Shawn Kelley, but their 2012 trade for Drew gave them a significant upgrade at shortstop, which was a vital piece at the time. Drew collected 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games, then came up with four hits in 19 at-bats during the AL Division Series against the Tigers, including an RBI double in a one-run Game 4 victory that sent the series to a winner-take-all affair.

BLUE JAYS
Acquired: 3B/OF Jose Bautista from PIT
Gave up: C Robinson Diaz
Date: Aug. 21, 2008
The Blue Jays weren't expecting big things from Bautista, but they needed a temporary replacement for the injured Scott Rolen and he fit the bill. Toronto had to part only with a fringe prospect to get the deal done, and his versatility at first base, right field and second base kept Bautista on the team even after Rolen returned. Two years later, Bautista made franchise history by hitting 54 home runs in a single season, and he ultimately turned into one of the best players to ever wear the blue and white.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm5: Bautista hammers go-ahead three-run shot

BRAVES
Acquired: RHP John Smoltz from DET
Gave up: RHP Doyle Alexander
Date: Aug. 12, 1987
The Tigers won each of Alexander's 11 remaining regular-season starts and captured the American League East title in 1987; the 36-year-old would pitch two more seasons for Detroit, including an All-Star campaign in '88. Meanwhile, Smoltz was just a year removed from high school ball, but would end up constructing a Hall of Fame career as he helped the Braves win 14 consecutive division crowns and the 1995 World Series. He also won the NL Cy Young Award in 1996, and was an eight-time All Star, becoming one of the most successful postseason pitchers in baseball history with a 2.67 ERA over 41 appearances, and the 1992 NL Championship Series MVP Award. A year earlier, he tossed a six-hit shutout of the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS to send Atlanta to its first World Series.

Video: 1991 NLCS Gm7: Smoltz shuts the door, Braves to WS

BREWERS
Acquired: RHP Don Sutton from HOU
Gave up: Players to be named and cash (OF Kevin Bass and pitchers Frank DiPino and Mike Madden)
Date: Aug. 30, 1982
Bass went on to have a solid 14-year career but the deal was worth it to land Sutton, the future Hall of Famer who represented the final piece of the finest team in Brewers history. Sutton's shining moment for Milwaukee was the '82 regular-season finale in Baltimore, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a must-win game opposite Orioles ace Jim Palmer. It clinched the American League East and moved the Brewers a step closer to their only World Series appearance to date.

CARDINALS
Acquired: OF Larry Walker from COL
Gave up: RHP Jason Burch, LHP Luis Martinez and LHP Chris Narveson
Date: Aug. 6, 2004
In the penultimate year of Walker's career, he accepted a trade to the Cardinals and then helped the club reach the World Series. After hitting .280/.393/.560 with 11 homers in 44 regular-season games, Walker hit six homers and slugged .707 in his second postseason appearance.

CUBS
Acquired: 1B Randall Simon from PIT
Gave up: OF Ray Sadler
Date: Aug. 17, 2003
The Cubs had made a blockbuster deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline to get Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton from the Pirates, then added Simon, who batted .282 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 33 games. Simon provided the spark and the Cubs went 24-16 after he joined the team to win the NL Central. Simon would go on to hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and a homer in the postseason.

D-BACKS
Acquired: RHP Livan Hernandez and cash from WAS
Gave up: LHP Matt Chico; RHP Garrett Mock
Date: Aug. 7, 2006
While Hernandez didn't pitch the D-backs to the postseason in 2006, he did stick around to be a valuable contributor and staff leader the following year when the D-backs won the NL West and swept the Cubs in the NLDS before losing to the Rockies in the NLCS.

DODGERS
Acquired: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto and cash from BOS
Gave up: INF Ivan De Jesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
The word "blockbuster" is overused, but it should be defined by this nine-player trade. Guggenheim's new Dodgers ownership made a credibility statement that the tight-fisted ways of the McCourt era were over. The Dodgers never won a World Series because of it, but the veterans helped the club compete while buying time for young talent to mature. None of the prospects dealt away panned out, but Boston won a World Series anyway and dumped $262 million in salary.

GIANTS
Acquired: RHP Rick Reuschel from PIT
Gave up: RHPs Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin
Date: Aug. 21, 1987
Reuschel stabilized the Giants' starting rotation, going 5-3 down the stretch to help San Francisco win the NL West for the first time since 1971. "Big Daddy" also finished 36-19 in the next two seasons and was the staff ace when the Giants reached the World Series in 1989.

INDIANS
Acquired: SP Mike Clevinger from LAA
Gave up: RP Vinnie Pestano
Date: Aug. 7, 2014
The Angels wanted a reliever for the stretch run, so they added Pestano and dealt Clevinger (a prospect with mechanical flaws and in the early stages of a Tommy John surgery comeback). Clevinger was a project, but he went to work with the Indians, rebuilt his delivery, broke into the Majors in '16 and is now fixture in one of baseball's best rotations. Pestano hasn't pitched in the Majors since '15, and Clevinger has a 3.59 ERA in 67 career appearances for Cleveland (54 starts).

Video: CLE@BAL: Clevinger dominates O's with two-hit shutout

MARINERS
Acquired: LF Vince Coleman from KC
Gave up: RHP Jim Converse
Date: Aug. 15, 1995
The Mariners immediately inserted the veteran speedster as their leadoff hitter for the final month and a half of their magical 1995 season, and he provided a huge spark. When Coleman was acquired by general manager Woody Woodward, Seattle was 51-50 and 12 1/2 games back in the AL West. It wound up winning the division and earning the first playoff berth in franchise history as the 33-year-old posted a .290/.335/.395 line with 16 stolen bases and 27 runs in 40 games.

MARLINS
Acquired: 1B/OF Jeff Conine from BAL
Gave up: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Don Levinski
Date: Aug. 31, 2003
Pursuing the lone NL Wild Card spot at the time, the Marlins acquired Conine minutes before the midnight waiver deadline, with the deal completed while the veteran was on the Orioles' team plane. The Marlins were desperate for an established veteran the day after All-Star Mike Lowell broke his left hand. Conine hit five home runs and drove in 15 runs in September, and made an impact in the playoffs during the Marlins' World Series championship season.

Video: 2003 NLCS Gm5: Jeff Conine hits a solo home run

METS
Acquired: 2B Jeff Kent and a player to be named (OF Ryan Thompson) from TOR
Gave up: RHP David Cone
Date: Aug. 27, 1992
With the Mets well out of NL East contention and Cone set to become a free agent after the season, the team shipped him to the Blue Jays for Kent -- then just 24 years old. Although Kent would not develop into a National League MVP until after the Mets parted ways with him, he hit 67 of his 377 career homers over parts of five seasons in New York. Cone, meanwhile, went on to post a 2.55 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) down the stretch for Toronto, helping the franchise win its first World Series title with a 3.22 ERA in four postseason starts.

NATIONALS
Acquired: Catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations from OAK
Gave up: catcher David Freitas
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
On their way to their first postseason berth in club history, the Nats made the upgrade behind the dish for a veteran behind the plate. Suzuki would go on to bat .267/.321/.404 in 43 games with Washington down the stretch and served as the starting catcher in the postseason before he struggled at the start of the 2013 season and was traded back to Oakland.

ORIOLES
Acquired: OF Tito Landrum from STL
Gave up: Landrum was the player to be named from a deal made on June 14, 1983, in which the Orioles sent Floyd Rayford to St. Louis.
Date: Aug. 31, 1983
Landrum hit the game-winning home run for the Orioles in the final game of the 1983 ALCS in Chicago. He was such an unlikely hero that teammate John Lowenstein joked that he was not sure of Landrum's first name.

PADRES
Acquired: Brian Giles from PIT
Gave up: Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
On the whole, this trade turned out pretty even. But there's no denying Giles' impact on the back-to-back NL West champion Padres teams in 2005 and '06. In parts of seven seasons with San Diego, Giles batted .279/.380/.435 with 83 homers. Bay would go on to have an 11-year MLB career over which he hit 222 homers, including 139 for Pittsburgh. Still, the trade helped San Diego get to the postseason in back-to-back years, and was worth the price.

PHILLIES
Acquired: RHP Jamie Moyer from SEA
Gave up: RHP Andrew Baldwin and RHP Andy Barb
Date: Aug. 19, 2006
The Phillies held a fire sale before July 31, 2006, trading Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell and Rheal Cormier, and designating Ryan Franklin for assignment. But afterward, the Phillies started to play well and acquired Moyer for an unexpected postseason run. They fell short in 2006, but Moyer helped the Phillies win the NL East in 2007 and the World Series in 2008.

PIRATES
Acquired: OF Jason Bay, LHP Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart from SD
Gave up: OF Brian Giles
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
The deal worked out well for both sides, as Giles continued to produce in San Diego and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2005. But Bay was worth the price, winning the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Award before earning two All-Star nods with Pittsburgh. Perez was also dominant in 2004 (12-10, 2.98 ERA, 239 strikeouts), and he's still pitching in the Majors as a reliever. 

Video: CHC@PIT: Bay records eight RBIs including grand slam

RANGERS
Acquired: RHP John Burkett from FLA
Gave up: RHP Rick Helling and RHP Ryan Dempster
Date: Aug. 8, 1996
This is the trade that put the Rangers over the top on their way to the first division title in franchise history. Burkett, reinforcing the rotation, threw a shutout against the Blue Jays in his first start and his biggest victory came on Sept. 21. The Rangers had lost five in a row and nine of 10 as their lead was down to one game. But Burkett pitched the Rangers to a 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to stop their skid for one of the biggest regular-season wins in franchise history. Dempster and Helling -- both prospects at the time -- went on to distinguished careers, but the price was worth it for Texas.

RAYS
Acquired: RHP Chad Bradford from BAL
Gave up: Cash
Date: Aug. 7, 2008
Bradford arrived to give the Rays a different look to their bullpen. The submariner of "Moneyball" fame appeared in 21 games and pitched to a 1.42 ERA. He made seven postseason appearances for the Rays, logging a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.

RED SOX
Acquired: INF Ivan DeJesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, and OF/1B Jerry Sands from LAD
Gave up: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto.and cash
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
On paper, the Red Sox gave up three former All-Stars and received little in return. In reality, the club shed more than $250 million in guaranteed salary for players who were no longer performing at their prime levels. This trade is widely credited as one of the reasons for the Sox winning the World Series in 2013. General manager Ben Cherington used the newfound payroll flexibility to re-tool with free agents Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, Ryan Dempster and David Ross. Those players fit perfectly on the field and in the clubhouse.

REDS
Acquired: 1B/manager Pete Rose from MON
Gave up: INF Tom Lawless
Date: Aug. 16, 1984
In a stunning move, the Reds brought back a hometown favorite in Rose to take on the rare role of player-manager. The deal immediately energized the Cincinnati fan base after losing seasons from 1982-84. Not only did Rose the player break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985 to great fanfare, Rose the manager was at the helm for a contender that had four straight second-place finishes from 1985-88. That helped create the foundation for the 1990 World Series title season.

ROCKIES
Acquired:RHP Jose Contreras from CWS
Gave up: Minor League RHP Brandon Hynick
Date: Aug. 31, 2009
Contreras went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven games, including two starts, and was one of two key veteran August pickups. The Rockies also picked up Jason Giambi, who had been released earlier in the month by the Athletics. Giambi hit .292 in 19 games as he and Contreras helped push the Rockies into the postseason as the NL Wild Card team.

ROYALS
Acquired: OF Josh Willingham from MIN
Gave up: Right-hander Jason Adam
Date: Aug. 11, 2014
It wasn't a blockbuster deal, but Willingham will be forever in Royals lore. He singled (his last big league hit) to spark a ninth-inning rally in the 2014 AL Wild Card game that tied the score. The Royals went on to win the game, the first off 11 straight playoff wins that year, and eventually advance to Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

TIGERS
Acquired: OF Delmon Young from MIN
Gave up: LHP Cole Nelson, RHP Lester Oliveros
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Young homered three times in the Tigers' 2011 ALDS win over the Yankees, then hit two more in the ALCS vs. Texas. A year later, he was named MVP of the ALCS after going 6-for-17 with two homers and six RBIs. He went 5-for-14 with a solo homer in the 2012 World Series against the Giants.

TWINS
Acquired: RHP Bert Blyleven from CLE
Gave up: INF Jay Bell, LHP Curt Wardle, OF Jim Weaver and a player to be named (RHP Rich Yett on Sept. 18, 1985)
Date: Aug. 1, 1985
The Twins reacquired future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven in an August trade, as he had previously pitched in Minnesota from 1970-76. Blyleven made 120 starts with the Twins after the trade, including helping the franchise to its first World Series title in 1987. Bell went on to a solid 18-year career, but the Twins had Greg Gagne entrenched at shortstop at the time of the trade.

WHITE SOX
Acquired: 1B Ted Kluszewski from PIT
Gave up: Minor League IF Robert Sagers and RF/1B Harry Simpson
Date: Aug. 25, 1959
Nearing the end of his career, Kluszewski hit .297 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over 112 plate appearances and 31 games in the regular season for the AL champs. But the Big Klu hit .391 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers.

YANKEES
Acquired: 3B Charlie Hayes from PIT
Gave up: RHP Chris Corn
Date: Aug. 30, 1996
Hayes rejoined the Yankees just in time for the birth of a dynasty, batting .284 in 20 games for his new team to supplement a fatigued Wade Boggs' production at the hot corner. Hayes was on the field to secure the final out of the World Series, a foul pop behind third base off the bat of the Braves' Mark Lemke. Corn never advanced past Double-A.

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Gonzalez hit hard by Braves in 1st MLB start

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ATLANTA -- Earlier in the season, the Marlins got a glimpse of rookie Merandy Gonzalez as a reliever. On Monday night, the organization gave the 22-year-old the opportunity to make his first big league start.

The right-hander showed plenty of potential, but also gave reminders that he is far from a finished product. Gonzalez gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings, including a leadoff homer to Ronald Acuna Jr., in the Marlins' 6-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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ATLANTA -- Earlier in the season, the Marlins got a glimpse of rookie Merandy Gonzalez as a reliever. On Monday night, the organization gave the 22-year-old the opportunity to make his first big league start.

The right-hander showed plenty of potential, but also gave reminders that he is far from a finished product. Gonzalez gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings, including a leadoff homer to Ronald Acuna Jr., in the Marlins' 6-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Acuna belted leadoff homers in both games of the doubleheader, becoming the first player to do so since Brady Anderson of the Orioles on Aug. 21, 1999, against the White Sox.

Video: MIA@ATL: Acuna leads off Game 2 with a home run

"Acuna got us again early," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "That always puts you back on your heels a little bit. After that, it seemed like [Gonzalez] settled down a little bit, and got some easier outs, and hung in there."

Overall, it was a rough day for the Marlins, as they were swept in the two games, and now have lost three straight, and 12 of their last 14.

Lopez struggles as Marlins drop Game 1

Gonzalez was called up from Double-A Jacksonville as Miami's 26th man for the twin bill, and he will return to the Jumbo Shrimp. Groomed to be a starter, the right-hander has thrown seven relief appearances for the Marlins, but he's spent most of the season at Double-A.

"This experience, like all the experiences, you've got to take the good and bad with it," Gonzalez said through an interpreter. "I've learned more about the strike zone in the Majors and also about executing pitches. It's not all about executing pitches. It's not just executing, sometimes they get the best of it. You just keep going."

Video: MIA@ATL: Rucinski fields comebacker to escape jam

The Marlins acquired Gonzalez in July 2017 from the Mets as part of the AJ Ramos trade. The rookie is part of the team's long-term plans and likely will be a September callup.

"He seems to be a guy who is fairly calm," Mattingly said. "You don't see him overly excited, or fidgety out there. He's pretty much quiet and under control. He's got some weapons. He's got a breaking ball, a changeup. He's going to need to get the ball to both sides of the plate, like everyone else. But he's a different mix than our other guys. Right now, we're trying to find out what he is and keep developing him, and let him blossom into what he's going to be."

Miami didn't give Gonzalez much support, scoring one run off Mike Foltynewicz. That came in the sixth inning on Starlin Castro's RBI double.

Freddie Freeman added a home run off Tayron Guerrero in the seventh inning. The blast came on a slider. In the inning, Guerrero's fastball maxed at 104 mph. It was the 11th time this season a pitcher reached that mark.

The doubleheader was doubly painful for the Marlins, because in both games their starting third baseman exited due to injury. In the second inning of the nightcap, Miguel Rojas limped off the field after getting thrown out trying to go from first to third on Bryan Holaday's two-out single. Rojas hurt his left ankle on the play and was replaced by Yadiel Rivera.

Video: MIA@ATL: Rojas leaves game after sliding into third

In their 9-1 loss in Game 1, Martin Prado suffered a left quad strain and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Rojas noted he saw Acuna on his heels, so he gambled trying to take the extra base.

"I saw he was flat-footed, and I was trying keep going there, to make it to third," Rojas said. "But I was aware of the situation. It wasn't the right time to try to take the extra base. The pitcher was behind. It was two outs, early in the game. It's on me."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Marlins managed just one run in each game, and Castro's double in the sixth inning came after J.T. Realmuto walked. At the time, Miami trailed, 3-1, and had a chance to chip back closer. But Brian Anderson lifted a fly ball to right field, and JT Riddle grounded to second, ending the inning.

The lineup has been hurt without Prado and Rojas available, but Mattingly noted the team has been in a collective slump for a while.

"Really hard to explain," Mattingly said. "We had gotten rolling there for a little bit, where the offense seems to be clicking. We hit this little stretch where it seems to be going in the other direction. Obviously, you've got to give their [starters] credit, both guys. They've got really good stuff. But that's every day. That's coming every day."

Video: MIA@ATL: Castro drills an RBI double to left field

SOUND SMART
Gonzalez became the 12th different Marlins starter this season, which is tied for most in the National League. The 22-year-old also is the sixth different Miami pitcher to make his first career big league start.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Guerrero took his fastball up to another level in the seventh inning. The 6-foot-8 right-hander threw 13 four-seam fastballs that averaged 101.9 mph. But the one that caught the attention of Statcast™ most was the 104-mph heater that Markakis fouled off. It's just the 11th time this year Statcast™ has tracked a pitch as high as 104 mph. The other 10 were by either Jordan Hicks of the Cardinals or Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

Video: MIA@ATL: Guerrero throws heat, reaches 104 mph

HE SAID IT
"I think we have to bring a little more energy because it seems to me we're a little too comfortable with losing games and not doing anything about it. Mentally, we're just coming in and coming out of the clubhouse. I think it's something we have to address in the next few days where guys just have to take a little more pride because this is the big leagues, and for me, it took a long time to get to the big leagues. So this is something I take really seriously. Hopefully, this young group of kids understands how fortunate they are to play in the big leagues. I think the next few days they're going to hear from me because this is not acceptable." -- Prado, on the state of where the team is right now

UP NEXT
Rookie right-hander Trevor Richards, arguably the Marlins' most consistent starter, takes the mound on Tuesday against the Braves at 7:35 p.m. ET at SunTrust Park. Richards' changeup is his best pitch. He's induced 117 swinging strikes on the pitch, third most of any pitcher in the Majors. Anibal Sanchez starts for the Braves.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Here are the nicknames the Marlins will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Brian Anderson: "ANDY"
Kyle Barraclough: "BEAR"
Lewis Brinson: "SWEET LEW"
Starlin Castro: "ALL STARLIN"
Wei-Yin Chen: "WEIGH-IN"
Adam Conley: "ACON"
Garrett Cooper: "COOPALOOP"
Derek Dietrich: "DIETZ"
Isaac Galloway: "GALLO"
Jarlin Garcia: "JARLIN THE MARLIN"
Brett Graves: "BUMP"
Javy Guerra: "JAVY"
Tayron Guerrero: "EL DE BOCACHICA"
Elieser Hernandez: "LILO"
Bryan Holaday: "HOLLY"
Pablo Lopez: "PACHÉ"
Chris O'Grady: "GRIZZ"
Martin Prado: "PRATT"
J.T. Realmuto: "REAL"
Trevor Richards: "RICHIE"
JT Riddle: "T"
Yadiel Rivera: "TIZNAO"
Miguel Rojas: "MIGGY RO"
Drew Rucinski: "RUSINSKI"
Magneuris Sierra: "MIYAGUI"
Caleb Smith: "SMITTY"
Drew Steckenrider: "STECKASAURUS"
Dan Straily: "THUNDER"
Jose Urena: "EL NUEVE"

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Marlins rookie Guerrero dials heat up to 104

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ATLANTA -- Marlins reliever Tayron Guerrero took his fastball to another level in Game 2 of Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Braves at SunTrust Park, a 6-1 Atlanta win.

The rangy, 6-foot-8 right-hander heated up the radar gun in the seventh inning, when his fastball topped out at 104 mph. It was just the 11th time Statcast™ has shown a reading that fast -- all occurring this season -- and the fastest pitch that has been thrown by Guerrero.

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ATLANTA -- Marlins reliever Tayron Guerrero took his fastball to another level in Game 2 of Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Braves at SunTrust Park, a 6-1 Atlanta win.

The rangy, 6-foot-8 right-hander heated up the radar gun in the seventh inning, when his fastball topped out at 104 mph. It was just the 11th time Statcast™ has shown a reading that fast -- all occurring this season -- and the fastest pitch that has been thrown by Guerrero.

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"The one thing he's doing now is, he's throwing enough strikes with that fastball," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He seems to be able to throw that thing as hard as he wants and still throw strikes with it. At this point, the slider isn't really his out pitch."

The other 10 readings of 104 mph were reached by either Jordan Hicks of the Cardinals or Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.

Video: STL@ARI: Jordan Hicks throws a 104.4 mph strike

Guerrero reached 104 against Ender Inciarte, who fouled off the pitch. In one sequence, Guerrero threw six straight fastballs at 102.3 mph or harder.

"I was surprised because it was right in the corner, and he got it," Guerrero said.

As hard as Guerrero was throwing, the right-hander still didn't have a clean inning. Freddie Freeman spoiled that by homering on an 85.9-mph slider to lead off the frame.

Admittedly, that home run angered Guerrero because it came on his secondary pitch. After that, he brought serious heat.

"Yeah, right after that slider that I missed it up, I was so [ticked] off about it," Guerrero said. "And that's why I threw 104 mph."

Video: ATL@NYY: Chapman K's Acuna Jr. with 104.4 mph heat

In all, Guerrero threw 17 pitches in the inning, including 13 four-seam fastballs that averaged 101.9 mph. The 27-year-old rookie allowed just the one hit without striking out or walking a batter.

"Right after I was done pitching, Mattingly told me, 'Hey, now you are more consistent with the fastball for strikes. I think you're going to get the slider down there because if you leave it up that's going to happen,'" Guerrero said. "He asked Starlin Castro who was close to me, and he said, 'Yeah, they're swinging at that because they're waiting for the fastball.' Even if you throw that slider there, you have no chance to hit it.'"

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Rojas exits game with left ankle contusion

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ATLANTA -- For the second time in Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park, the Marlins had their starting third baseman exit due to injury. Miguel Rojas was removed in the second inning of the Marlins' 6-1 loss in Game 2 against the Braves with a left ankle contusion.

Rojas limped off the field after trying to advance from first to third base on Bryan Holaday's single. On the play, he was thrown out by left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr.

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ATLANTA -- For the second time in Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park, the Marlins had their starting third baseman exit due to injury. Miguel Rojas was removed in the second inning of the Marlins' 6-1 loss in Game 2 against the Braves with a left ankle contusion.

Rojas limped off the field after trying to advance from first to third base on Bryan Holaday's single. On the play, he was thrown out by left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr.

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An X-ray came back negative, and the Marlins will further evaluate Rojas on Tuesday.

"It didn't sound like it was overly serious, but that doesn't mean it's a one-day thing or something," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll find out really what happens tomorrow."

Rojas slid into the base, was tagged out by Johan Camargo, and came up favoring his left leg. He limped to the dugout after making the final out of the inning and was replaced at third base by Yadiel Rivera.

Rojas blamed himself for being overly aggressive and noted that he felt Acuna seemed slow to the play, so he was trying to get to third.

"I saw he was flat-footed, and I was trying keep going there, to make it to third," Rojas said. "But I was aware of the situation. It wasn't the right time to try to take the extra base. The pitcher was behind. It was two outs, early in the game. It's on me."

Miami's infield depth already has been tapped because in its 9-1 loss in Game 1, Martin Prado strained his left quad in the third inning. After the game, Prado was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Christopher Bostick was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Prado.

"It was a stupid decision, getting hurt," Rojas said. "You hurt the team more than anything. We just lost Martin early in the day. Because of a stupid decision, I'm hurting the team a little bit more."

Rojas, who didn't start the first game, pinch-hit for Prado in the first game, and he started Game 2 at the hot corner.

The Marlins trailed by two runs in the second inning when Rojas singled. With two outs, Holaday singled to left, and Rojas took a risk by trying to reach third base.

Prado and Rojas are two of the Marlins' most respected veterans. During a season when the organization is relying on youth, the two have been leaders.

Rojas also is Miami's most versatile player. He's split time at shortstop with JT Riddle, along with playing third base. And in late-inning defensive situations, he's seen regular time at first base.

Rojas is batting .256 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

"I never had an ankle problem," Rojas said. "The X-ray didn't show anything. I think it was a little more of the inflammation and swelling a little bit. It's not looking that bad from the outside. Let's see how it is tomorrow."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Lopez struggles as Marlins drop G1 to Braves

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ATLANTA -- Mired in one of their worst stretches of the season, the Marlins entered Game 1 of Monday's split doubleheader in position to help shake up the National League East standings. But rather than play spoiler, it was the Braves that handed rookie Pablo Lopez one of his toughest outings.

Lopez was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings of the Marlins' 9-1 loss at SunTrust Park.

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ATLANTA -- Mired in one of their worst stretches of the season, the Marlins entered Game 1 of Monday's split doubleheader in position to help shake up the National League East standings. But rather than play spoiler, it was the Braves that handed rookie Pablo Lopez one of his toughest outings.

Lopez was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings of the Marlins' 9-1 loss at SunTrust Park.

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The Marlins have now lost 11 of 13, and they are 5-15 in their past 20 games. Monday's doubleheader was scheduled after an Aug. 1 rainout.

Video: MIA@ATL: Galloway gets 1st career double, RBI

Facing the Braves, who are competing with the Phillies for first place in the NL East, is providing the Marlins an opportunity to evaluate their young players against playoff contenders.

"You can see they're competing, they're playing hard, trying to win games," Lopez said of the Braves. "That's when you can be on the mound and you can learn to slow the game down. Sometimes the pace of the game can speed up on you. You can try to slow things down and focus on executing your pitches, one pitch at a time. Whatever happens happens. Just focus on the next pitch."

Lopez is a promising 22-year-old who made his eighth big league start. He's worked at least five innings in every outing. But from the first batter of this four-game series, it was a challenge. Ronald Acuna Jr. greeted Lopez with a leadoff home run, and the six runs were the most he's allowed, with the five earned matching a season high.

Video: MIA@ATL: Acuna gives Braves early lead on leadoff HR

"Definitely what hurt me today was I didn't execute when I had two-strike counts," Lopez said. "I left the ball in the strike zone a little higher than I wanted to. So mainly, I'll focus on executing down when I have two strikes and try to work on pitches to put guys away."

Braves prospect Touki Toussaint, who grew up playing ball in Coral Springs, Fla., made his big league debut and collected the win. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up one run on two hits in six innings.

Isaac Galloway had an RBI double and a single for the Marlins. Miami had just three hits.

"The past couple of days, we were pretty good at home," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Today was a day we didn't do enough. We kind of hung in there. We don't execute. When we got behind big, it didn't seem like we were very good."

Video: MIA@ATL: Rivera, Riddle turn inning-ending DP in 8th

Acuna's leadoff home run was the rookie's 16th of the season. Lopez fell behind in the count, 3-1, and threw a 93-mph four-seam fastball that Acuna crushed to center. Per Statcast™, it was projected at 414 feet with an exit velocity of 105.1 mph.

"I left it right over the plate, right down the middle," Lopez said. "And he put a great swing on it and hit the ball hard."

Back-to-back doubles by Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, and they tacked on an unearned run in the fifth on Freddie Freeman's sacrifice fly. Acuna reached on shortstop JT Riddle's throwing error and scored Atlanta's third run.

Acuna added a two-run double as part of a five-run sixth as the Braves pulled away late.

"He's a great hitter -- for a young hitter, it's amazing what he does at the plate," Lopez said of Acuna. "Don't fall behind, then if you have to put the ball in the strike zone, he's going to put a good swing on it. Work ahead of him. Kind of mix locations. Don't stay in the same spot twice. Just mix locations and just get ahead."

Video: MIA@ATL: Ortega makes nice sliding catch in the 1st

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Missed opportunity: Before the score turned lopsided, the Marlins had a chance to grab the lead early, which potentially could have impacted how the game ultimately played out. Down a run in the second, the Marlins tied it on Galloway's RBI double. But they missed a chance to add more. Derek Dietrich led off the inning with a walk, and Riddle singled. Galloway's double gave Miami a second-and-third no-out situation. But Magneuris Sierra's line drive to left wasn't deep enough to score Riddle. Toussaint worked out of it by striking out Yadiel Rivera and Lopez.

"That one hurt, you don't execute," Mattingly said. "Ike gets that double. We get a run. We're second and third. We were in the back part of our order, but ideally, if you can get that over and get one in, you've got a chance really to get two more, really without a hit. But we weren't able to execute there."

SOUND SMART
Galloway had his first MLB multihit game since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans. The outfielder's first big league hit came the day he was brought up -- an infield single at Atlanta on July 31.

HE SAID IT
"He kept us a little bit off balance. I thought we chased a little bit out of the zone. He's a guy, he pitches off that left side. You really can't get a breaking ball out over the outer half. The breaking ball in is really the one to hit." -- Mattingly, on Toussaint's debut

PRADO INJURES QUAD
Making the loss even more painful for the Marlins was the fact that third baseman Martin Prado strained his left quad while chasing a fly ball and was placed on the disabled list. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Miguel Rojas in the third inning, who remained at third base. More >

Video: MIA@ATL: Prado leaves game with left quad strain

UP NEXT
In the second game of the day-night doubleheader at 7:35 p.m. ET, Merandy Gonzalez will make his first big league start and eighth appearance. The right-hander made seven relief appearances earlier in the season, but he has spent most of the season at Double-A Jacksonville. Gonzalez was called up from Jacksonville as the 26th man to start the second game. He will return to the Minors after the outing. Mike Foltynewicz will start for Atlanta.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Prado placed on DL with left quad strain

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ATLANTA -- Martin Prado is heading back to the disabled list, but this time it isn't because of a strained right hamstring.

The 34-year-old third baseman strained his left quad in the Marlins' 9-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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ATLANTA -- Martin Prado is heading back to the disabled list, but this time it isn't because of a strained right hamstring.

The 34-year-old third baseman strained his left quad in the Marlins' 9-1 loss to the Braves in Game 1 of Monday's day-night doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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The injury came while chasing a foul ball down the third-base line in the first inning, though Prado remained in the game until he was pinch-hit for by Miguel Rojas in the third inning. Rojas remained in the game at third.

"I think it's a mild strain which is a good thing," Prado said. "Hopefully seven days is ideal. I'm positive. I'm just really glad I got out of the game. I felt my leg cool off after I got out of the game. I talked to the doctor, and it's been positive. Hopefully, it doesn't take that long. Hopefully 7-10 days."

Video: MIA@ATL: Mattingly on Prado leaving game with injury

"He strained his left quad going for that foul ball, early in the game, running down the line," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It didn't sound like it was too severe. We think it should be short, but we'll see."

Miami recalled Christopher Bostick from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the second game of the doubleheader.

The Marlins acquired Bostick from the Pirates on Sunday for cash considerations. The 25-year-old, who appeared in two games this season for the Bucs, is on the 40-man roster. By coincidence, Bostick is traveling through Atlanta, initially on his way to New Orleans to join the Baby Cakes.

Prado had one at-bat in the first game of a split twin bill, lifting a fly ball to right field in the first inning. This will be his third DL stint this year. The other two times were because of a right hamstring strain.

Prado is a valuable leader on a young Marlins squad. But the past two years, he's dealt with right hamstring injuries. A right hamstring strain landed Prado on the disabled to start the season, and he joined the club on April 27. But he reinjured the hamstring on May 25, and he was sidelined until July 5.

Monday was Prado's 53rd game. In 2017, he initially injured his hamstring while participating in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela. He appeared in just 37 games last year.

Prado is batting .244 with one home run and 15 RBIs. In his past eight games, he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins pleased with Alcantara's development

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ATLANTA -- When the Marlins optioned Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A New Orleans recently, the staff stressed how it wanted to see the rookie right-hander attack more with his fastball and polish up his breaking pitches.

The message appears to have sunk in, as Alcantara threw six shutout innings in his first start back with the Baby Cakes, striking out six while walking two. 

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ATLANTA -- When the Marlins optioned Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A New Orleans recently, the staff stressed how it wanted to see the rookie right-hander attack more with his fastball and polish up his breaking pitches.

The message appears to have sunk in, as Alcantara threw six shutout innings in his first start back with the Baby Cakes, striking out six while walking two. 

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If Alcantara keeps refining his command, it will only be a matter of time before he's a fixture in the Marlins' rotation.

"We're going to get a chance to see Sandy again, when the time comes," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think his development is so important to what we're doing. Not just him, but a lot of our guys, you want them to continue to get better. We know Sandy is a big part of where we're going."

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, Alcantara has spent most of the season at New Orleans, where he's thrown 91 innings. The 22-year-old made one big league start, on June 29 against the Mets, but he went on the disabled list a few days later with a right axillary infection. He threw 11 1/3 innings during a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Jupiter, before returning to New Orleans to work on his command.

Alcantara's injury actually has helped the organization manage his innings. Counting all levels this year, he's logged 102 1/3 innings in the Minor Leagues and five in the big leagues. So he should be good to pitch through September if he is gets called back up, which is expected.

Miami acquired Alcantara from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade last December. A year ago, when he was in St. Louis' system, Alcantara compiled 125 1/3 innings in the Minor Leagues and another 8 1/3 in the big leagues.

The only pitchers on the Marlins' big league roster with innings restrictions are lefty Jarlin Garcia, and rookie right-handers Elieser Hernandez and Brett Graves. Hernandez and Graves were Rule 5 Draft selections who made the leap to the big leagues from Class A ball a year ago.

Trevor Richards, another rookie who is part of the big league rotation, also should be fine to make it through the rest of the season.

"Trevor was a full season last year, and Sandy was a full season," Mattingly said. "So he isn't on an innings limit. With Sandy, the little [injury] down time put him in good shape. I think he will be fine to go through the end of the year as we make our decisions on what we will do in September."

Another way the Marlins may manage innings for their rookies in September is by going with a six-man rotation once rosters expand.

"At that point, we can even go with a six-man rotation if we want to, and things like that," Mattingly said.

Worth noting

Lewis Brinson (right hip bone bruise) will begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. He will play center field and build back into playing shape.

• First base/outfielder Garrett Cooper (right wrist) will be at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex this week, facing live pitching and doing drills. Cooper is about a week behind Brinson in terms of his recovery.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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