Kyle Wright reaches 17 wins; Braves beat Rockies and stalk Mets

Kyle Wright pitched seven shutout innings to lead the major leagues with 17 wins on the season, while Austin Riley and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered as the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Wednesday.

The defending World Series champion Braves avoided their first four-game losing streak since Sept. 14-18, 2021. Atlanta, with the third-best record in the majors (80-51), remains three games behind. the New York Mets in the National East.

Facing Colorado for the first time in his career, Wright (17-5) allowed five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Of his 96 pitches, 63 were for strikes.

The fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft is looking to be the first Braves pitcher to lead the NL in wins since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003.

Hall of Famer Tom Glavine was the last Atlanta pitcher to lead the major leagues in wins with 21 in 2000.

AJ Minter faced the minimum for Atlanta in the eighth and Kenley Jansen went 30-for-35 saves after facing five batters in a shaky ninth.

Riley hit 32 homers, a two-run shot to the outfield to right-center off Ryan Feltner (2-6), that put the Braves ahead 2-0 in the first. That was all Wright needed, but Acuña added safety with his 11th homer that made it 3-0 in the fifth.

Michael Toglia hit his first career two-run homer to put the pressure on 3-2 in the ninth against Jansen.

For the Rockies, Cuban José Iglesias 4-0.

For the Braves, the Venezuelans William Contreras 3-2 and Ronald Acuña 4-1 with one run scored and one produced. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 3-0.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Atlanta. Wright reached 17 wins, leading the Major Leagues. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
 
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