Braves rookie Ronald Acuna homered to lead off the bottom of the first in Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. (Video by Leo Willingham)

Ronald Acuna sets Atlanta’s mark for leadoff home runs in a season

Atlanta has a new single season leader in leadoff home runs.

Rookie Ronald Acuna hit his eighth home run - 24th overall - to open a game for the Braves Wednesday against the Red Sox at SunTrust Park. Acuna on Sunday tied the previous mark set by Marquis Grissom in 1996.


Acuna’s solo blast off Boston’s Hector Velazquez to left-center moved him passed Mickey Mantle for a tie with the seventh most home runs in a single season prior to turning 21. 

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.