Braves’ Freddie Freeman hits for second career cycle


Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman rounds second base as he gets a triple during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Freddie Freeman became the first Atlanta Braves player to hit for the cycle twice by accomplishing the feat Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins.

The reigning NL MVP doubled in the first, tripled in the fourth, singled in the fifth and hit his 27th homer, a two-run blast, in the sixth.

It was the seventh cycle in franchise history. Freeman also had one against Cincinnati on June 15, 2016.

Freeman’s blast against Marlins reliever Luis Madero in the sixth landed above the wall in center field. As Freeman rounded the bases and reached the dugout Braves, fans in the stands repeatedly chanted his name.

He is nine for 12 during the three-game series in Miami.

Freeman’s triple in the fourth started a four-run rally. The NL East Division-leading Braves led 7-2 after 6 1/2 innings. The Braves would get the win 11-9.

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