Atlanta Braves

Braves' Austin Riley homers in first big league game

Riley homered on his second at-bat in the big leagues, launching a high fastball from Michael Wacha deep into left-field seats to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead over St. Louis in the fourth inning Wednesday night.

Riley was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett after a dominating start in the International League, where he was hitting .299 and leading the circuit with 15 homers and 39 RBIs.

A roster spot opened when center fielder Ender Inciarte was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore back.

Ronald Acuña Jr. moved over to play center field, giving Riley a chance to get extensive time in left.

Riley was a first-round pick in 2015 and joined a Baby Braves lineup that already included the 21-year-old Acuña, the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year, 22-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies and 25-year-old shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Donaldson has a one-year contract, and the promotion of Riley gives the Braves a chance to see whether he is ready to take over at third base on a full-time basis next season.

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