Alcantara, Cooper lift Marlins past Braves 3-2

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Miami Marlins’ Jon Berti (5) is congratulated by manager Don Mattingly, right, after scoring against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Atlanta. Berti scored on a single by Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ATLANTA (AP) — Sandy Alcantara pitched six strong innings, Garrett Cooper homered and drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2.

Tempers were calm a day after Pablo López was ejected for hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. on his first pitch of the game.

The Marlins got a big assist from Alcantara, who saved the bullpen from extra work a day after Miami had to use five relievers to cover nine innings. Alcantara (5-7) walked the first two batters he faced and issued two free passes in the third but didn’t allow a hit until Ozzie Albies singled with two outs in the third.

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