Anderson's first blast part of wild day
Outfielder drills maiden shot to kick off high-scoring affair
MIAMI -- Braves outfielder Josh Anderson knew he got all of it. It was just a matter of whether it would stay fair.
"That was the only thing in mind when I was getting out of the box was hoping it would stay fair, and it did, fortunately," said Anderson, who led off Tuesday's wild win with his first home run in 110 Major League at-bats.
One thing Anderson did know, however, was that it was going to be a long night.
"I knew for a fact there was going to be more than one hit because of the way the ball was carrying," Anderson said. "Both teams, they can swing the bat, and the way the wind was blowing, when I hit it, I knew there was going to be more than one [hit]."
Yeah, slightly more.
Three hours and 44 minutes later, the two clubs cranked out 30 runs on 36 hits as the Braves finally pulled away with two runs in the top of the ninth to win, 16-14. The run and hit output set season highs for Atlanta, and the last time an opponent scored 14 runs in a loss was more than 57 years ago.
"It's not a good feeling when you go through pitching [and] you go through a lot of time standing on your feet like that, and it just feels good to win," Anderson said. "It was special. I've been on the other end of the stick before. I've played in games that have been long like that, and we've ended up losing. You really earn it."
Anderson finished the night 2-for-6 with two runs scored. In the fourth inning, he almost set another milestone by having the first multihomer game of his career, but his drive to left-center field bounced right off the top of the scoreboard and he ended up with a double, instead.
"It kind of surprised me a little bit," said Anderson, who's in his second year and was acquired from the Astros on Nov. 16 for pitcher Oscar Villarreal. "That ball got up and got going, and it really would've been great if that would've gone out, too, but I'll take whatever I can get."
What Anderson got was a much-needed win for the Braves, and a milestone home run during a once-a-year night for his team.
"It felt great," said Anderson, who was able to get the ball from the fan who caught it and called his parents and wife, Heather, as soon as he got back to the clubhouse. "Any home run I get, it feels good. I don't hit a ton of them, but it was great.
"The thing about it is, it wouldn't have felt as great if we didn't get the win. Any time you do something for your team and it results in a win, it's a great feeling, and it makes it more memorable."
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.