ATLANTA — William Contreras hopes Ronald Acuña Jr. is starting to hit his stride, even if it's mid-September after being slowed by knee soreness most of the year.
"We're talking about the best player in the league, and thank God he's on our team," Contreras said via a translator. "He brings the energy to us."
Acuña hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in a six-run eighth inning off Seranthony Domínguez, and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
The opposite-field shot erased a 2-1 deficit and touched off a wild celebration at sold-out Truist Park, helping the second-place Braves stay a game behind the New York Mets in the National League East. Atlanta won its fourth straight division title last year on the way to its first World Series championship since 1995.