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Albies hits go-ahead homer at 8th as Braves overcome Olson’s strong start to beat Tigers 2-1

Albies hits go-ahead homer at 8th as Braves overcome Olson’s strong start to beat Tigers 2-1

ATLANTA — Ozzie Albies hit a go-ahead home run with two outs in the eighth and the Atlanta Braves overcame a strong start from Detroit right-hander Reese Olson to beat the Tigers 2-1 on Monday night.

Albies hit his fifth home run of the season 400 feet, high into the right field seats, off right-hander Shelby Miller (4-5).

“I’m glad it came at the right time,” Albies said.

The Braves, who enjoyed an offensive resurgence by winning two of three games against Tampa Bay, have won four of their last five games.

“It set a big tone,” Albies said of the team’s 22 runs in three games against the Rays. “We swung the bats really well, better than we have in a few weeks.”

Atlanta right-hander Daysbel Hernández (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, pitched a scoreless eighth. Joe Jiménez recorded the final three outs for his first save.

Olson threw six scoreless innings in a successful return to his home state and left with a 1-0 lead.

He allowed a total of 18 runs in an ugly run of three consecutive defeats before returning to his more impressive form at the start of the season. Olson excelled against the Braves, his favorite team growing up in Gainesville, Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta. The right-hander matched his season high with eight strikeouts, while allowing just four hits without walks.

Olson gave his cheering section of about 50 friends and family members plenty of highlights, while never allowing more than one baserunner in an inning.

“I’m grateful that so many people have come out to support me,” Olson said. “I’m happy to be back on track after a few problems. … I made a little better progress in the counts.”

The Braves tied it against right-hander Will Vest in the seventh. Austin Riley led off the inning with his second double of the game. With two outs, Riley scored from third on a single to right field by Forrest Wall, also recalled from Gwinnett on Monday.

Atlanta left-hander Max Fried allowed one run on four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Jesse Chavez stranded two inherited baserunners in the sixth by striking out Gio Urshela and Justyn-Henry Malloy.

“Obviously I would have liked to put him in a better spot,” said Fried of Chavez. “… It was a really big part of the game.”

Andy Ibáñez led off the sixth with a single to right field off Fried. After Fried’s walk to Mark Canha, Greene’s single to right field drove in Ibáñez, giving Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Braves: There had been plans to transfer RHP Hurston Waldrep to Triple-A Gwinnett before he reported a sore arm after Sunday’s 8-6 loss to Tampa Bay. Instead, the rookie was placed on the 15-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation. Manager Brian Snitker said Waldrep will be closed for a week. OF JP Martínez was optioned to Gwinnett.

Braves rookie RHP Spencer Schwellenbach (0-2, 6.32) makes his fourth start Tuesday night against Tigers RHP Casey Mize (1-4, 4.43).

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