The Atlanta Braves shut out the Texas Rangers 12-0 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game interleague set in Arlington, Texas. That allowed the Braves to snap a four-game losing skid.
Atlanta was powered by five two-run homers. The first two were clubbed by Kevin Pillar and Ronald Acuna Jr in the top of the second inning.
Matt Olson and Ozzie Albies each had RBI doubles to make it 6-0 in favor of the Braves during the fifth. Orlando Arcia, Austin Riley, and Marcell Ozuna each had two-run homers in the sixth, seventh, and ninth, respectively.
Charlie Morton was the winning pitcher for Atlanta. He gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out 10 over six and two-third scoreless innings. Cody Bradford was charged with the loss for Texas.
The National League East-leading Braves improved to 26-15 on the season, and the American League West-leading Rangers are now 25-16. The teams will meet again tonight in Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; airtime is 6:50 pm from the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.