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WASHINGTON -- Nearly three months after his much-anticipated arrival and a few weeks removed from his month-long disabled list stint, Ronald Acuna Jr. may now be in position to be the difference maker the Braves need to make a strong run at a division crown. Displaying the tools that earned him the honor of entering this season as MLB Pipeline's top overall prospect, Acuna gladly accepted his first assignment in the leadoff spot and put on a show during Friday night's 8-5 win over Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals at Nationals Park

The Rockies' Raimel Tapia had just watched normally reliable D-backs relief pitcher Archie Bradley walk in a run -- his third walk of the seventh inning. But Tapia had no temptation to wish for a fourth on Friday. Instead, Tapia swung at the first two pitches, then -- with the count even -- launched a grand slam to right field to lift the Rockies to an 11-10 victory over the D-backs at Chase Field

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