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"The stadium is nice, with a lot of well-integrated classic touches that make it the polar opposite of the Braves" longtime home - the one before recently abandoned Turner Field - Fulton County Stadium.

Before Opening Day, a bridge near the Braves' new SunTrust Park collapsed, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicted could cause miserable traffic around the stadium on game days for months.

"We thought if we're going to do this, let's take this out of the long-term bidding process and all that, and let's actually just be great partners", SunTrust Banks Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said. "I know I'm not going to do it often, but I try not to be surprised when it happens". Chacin went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits with 3 strikeouts to fall to 1-2 this season. They can only hope for the kind of success they've had at Marlins Park, where they're 32-15.

Julio Teheran would personally exact his revenge in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the inaugural games of the previous seven Major League Baseball ballpark debuts - from Marlins Park to Citizens Bank Park - only the New York Yankees stuck such a landing. "This has been one for the ages".

Nick Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2). "It's going to play fair to the hitters, at least, and maybe more than that".

Julio Teheran wasn't almost as sharp as he had been while not allowing an earned run in his first two starts, but the right-hander got the victory despite allowing 11 baserunners in six innings.

The Braves are strongly encouraging fans to purchase pre-paid parking passes to games as they will help alleviate delays around the stadium.

Inciarte on the home run: "It's happening right now".

Jim Johnson pitched through a one-out single in the ninth inning to record his second save in three chances for the Braves after Jose Ramirez and Arodys Vizcaino each pitched a ideal inning. Conley allowed one hit in five innings to beat the Mets on Saturday.




So the fans went home happy and, surely, planning to return soon. "Our offense did a great job".

In contrast, San Diego (5-5) has played above expectations to start the year, winning their past two series. First run scored. First game-winning putout.

"There weren't too many cheap homers at Turner Field", Jones said.

Stanton's 19th multihomer game extended his franchise record.

"It'll be fun", said catcher Tyler Flowers. "I'm up on him right now".

Inciarte complemented his offense with two fine catches to rob Miami of hits.

"I'm in a section right under the Jumbotron", he said.

"Pretty insane", the rookie said.

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