Braves rally in ninth to win road series with Rangers

AP photo by Tony Gutierrez / Field umpire Dan Merzel watches as Orlando Arcia celebrates while rounding third base Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas. Arcia hit a go-ahead solo home run for the Atlanta Braves in the top of the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eddie Rosario's early home run quickly put an end to the longest scoreless streak in the majors this season, and Ronald Acuña Jr. went deep in his fourth consecutive game.

That all helped set up Orlando Arcia for the deciding blow.

Arcia hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves avoided what would have been their first back-to-back series losses of the season, thanks to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

"That was huge right there. It's a good win going into an off day," said third baseman Austin Riley, whose RBI double an inning earlier made it 5-all. "He's playing great baseball, and as a teammate, he's just unbelievable."

The Braves, first in the National League East Division, where they are the five-time reigning champions, won two of three at Texas after getting swept in a three-game series by the Toronto Blue Jays last weekend in Canadaa. Atlanta hit five two-run homers in a 12-0 win to open the series against the Rangers on Monday before hitting two more homers in a 7-4 loss Tuesday night.

Atlanta is off Thursday before hosting the Seattle Mariners.

Adolis García went deep twice for AL West leader Texas, with those solo shots extending his MLB-best RBIs total to 46.

Atlanta got even in the eighth when Acuña had a walk and a stolen base, Ozzie Albies hit an RBI single and Riley doubled to chase reliever Josh Sborz. Arcia's fourth homer of the season came off Brock Burke (2-2).

"Long ball hurt us in this series, no getting around it, but that's their deal," Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just made some mistakes here. ... We've just got to get this thing figured out in the bullpen."

Nick Anderson (2-0), the fourth Braves pitcher of the night, worked a scoreless eighth. Raisel Iglesias had a perfect ninth for his second save this year.

Nathan Eovaldi got started with a 1-2-3 first inning to extend his career-best scoreless streak to 29 2/3 innings, but Riley had a leadoff single in the second before Rosario went deep, part of four consecutive hits by the Braves.

"I was battling my mechanics a little bit," Eovaldi said. "I felt like I started finding my curveball there towards the end and had a better feel for my splitter at the end as well."

After Eovaldi recorded 12 outs over an 11-batter stretch that began with a double play, Acuña led off the sixth with his 11th homer of the season to get the Braves within 4-3. That 429-foot shot to straightaway center came a night after the slugger's 455-foot blast that hit much higher in the same area.

"You catch yourself on the edge watching every pitch, because every every swing you think something's magically going to happen," Riley said. "And what he's doing right now is incredible."

Braves starter Spencer Strider allowed four runs while striking out seven batters in five innings. He had entered the game with at least eight strikeouts in 12 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.

García homered leading off the fourth, and an inning later he added his 13th homer of the season. It was his sixth career multihomer game and second this season — he went deep three times against the Oakland Athletics on April 22, when he was 5-for-5 and drove in eight runs.

Corey Seager had a sacrifice fly in his first game for Texas since April 11. The shortstop was activated from the injured list after missing 31 games because of a left hamstring strain, and he was the designated hitter for his first game back.

Marcus Semien had a triple in the seventh before Seager hit a 380-foot fly ball to deep center, where Michael Harris II went a long way to make a running catch with his back to the plate and his right arm fully extended over his head.

Harris also had another defensive highlight with a run-saving throw home in the fourth that got Ezequiel Duran out after Leody Taveras' liner that still scored one run.