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AP photo by Lynne Sladky / Atlanta Braves designated hitter Ronald Acuña Jr. connects for a single against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning of Friday night's game.

MIAMI — Ronald Acuña Jr. led off the game with a deep double and later singled and stole a base, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night in the young star's first game back at the stadium where he sustained a season-ending knee injury last year.

Marcell Ozuna homered for the third consecutive game, while Travis d'Arnaud and Dansby Swanson also went deep for the Braves.

Jorge Soler hit his eighth homer of the season for Miami. It was his first against Atlanta since he was the MVP of the World Series for the Braves last season as they won their first championship since 1995.

Acuña, 24, didn't play in the World Series after tearing his knee up in a game at Miami on July 10, shortly before he was due to make his second appearance in the MLB All-Star Game in four seasons. Because of the synthetic surface at loanDepot Park, the star outfielder is scheduled to be the designated hitter during the weekend series.

"We're going to keep him off this turf," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "If this had been a natural grass (surface), he'd be playing the outfield."

Although he is barred from playing defense in the series, Acuña tormented the Marlins with his early double.

"That is my game, to go out and have fun," Acuña said in Spanish. "I also have to maintain my patience and approach everything step by step."

Charlie Morton (3-3) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. He allowed three runs and seven hits, walked one batter and struck out five.

Collin McHugh got the final two outs of the sixth inning, and Spencer Strider followed with a scoreless seventh. A.J. Minter got three outs around pinch-hit Garrett Cooper's double in the eighth, and Will Smith closed with a scoreless ninth for his second save of the year.

"I felt I threw well until the sixth inning," Morton said. "It's tough because I thought I could have finished that inning at least. So that was frustrating, but the bullpen came in and shut it down. Did a good job."

Morton said he felt fine after absorbing a shot to his calf off Jesús Aguilar's hard grounder in the third.

Atlanta struck quickly against Trevor Rogers (2-5) in the first. Ozzie Albies hit a single that scored Acuña, and Ozuna followed with a two-run shot.

"The work you do every day and having confidence in your approach at the plate," Ozuna said in Spanish of his recent power surge.

Swanson made it 4-0 when he led off the second with his fifth homer of the season. The Marlins narrowed the gap on Bryan De La Cruz's RBI single in the bottom half before d'Arnaud connected off Rogers for a solo homer in the third.

Soler's two-run shot off Morton in the sixth got the Marlins within 5-3.

Miami finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

"You'd like to get them across," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Sometimes you're going to get a bunch across. Sometimes it's kind of hard to get any — maybe you get one or two."

Rogers lasted four innings. The left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits, walked two batters and struck out five. He remains winless in five career decisions against Atlanta.

"I was missing location, and they really had a good game plan," Rogers said. "I didn't give our team a chance at all today. This one's on me."

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