Marlins hit Ronald Acuna to spark fight in first inning

Benches clear after Braves’ red-hot Ronald Acuna drilled on first pitch by Marlins’ Jose Urena

'It was intentional': Braves and Marlins brawl after Urena hits Acuna with 97mph fastball

Acuna was hit in the left elbow Wednesday night by Jose Urena's first pitch of the game, leading to a brawl between the Braves and Marlins.

Urena used his first pitch to hit Acuna, who had homered in five straight games, including the previous three against Miami.

From there, the situation escalated into a benches-clearing situation as the Braves clearly felt there were bad intentions behind the Urena's pitch.

There was no immediate update on Acuna's apparent injury.

The hot streak raised Acuna's batting average for the season to.288, and he entered Wednesday's game with 19 home runs, 43 RBI and a.922 OPS in 67 games.

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Eileser Hernandez replaced Urena. Charlie Culberson, who doubled, scored from third on Ender Inciarte's grounder to first base. "Makes no sense; just because a player is having fun playing the game, swinging the bat incredibly well obviously; that just makes no sense".

Acuña was more than ready to set a major-league record by hitting a leadoff home run for the fourth consecutive inning.

Acuna was back in the lineup for the Braves on Thursday night against Colorado.

Unless appealed, Ureña's suspension is scheduled to begin tomorrow, when the Marlins are to play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33) will look to continue his success against the Rockies in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series. They clobbered the Marlins 5-2.

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