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Braves’ Nick Markakis hits walk-off HR after opting back into season

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ATLANTA — Nick Markakis promised before Thursday night’s game that hitting was “the least of my worries” in his first start of the season. He then showed why. Markakis capped his dramatic return with a game-ending home run in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Markakis lined the one-out homer off Wilmer Font (0-1) that carried into the restaurant behind the right-field stands. It was the first hit of the game for Markakis, who said he was upset about failing in previous attempts to drive in a run. “To me, we really shouldn’t have been in that situation,” the 36-year-old Markakis said. “I had a couple chances to push a run across there and we didn’t. That’s the beauty of this game. You always get another opportunity.” Markakis announced his return one week ago, three weeks after opting out due to coronavirus concerns.