Ronald Acuña Jr. turns home run into an out … and into a home run again

Ronald Acuña Jr.'s amazing athletic ability prevented an almost-certain home run from clearing the center field fence. His premature celebration made all that effort go to waste.

On a ball hit to deep center field by the Philadelphia Phillies' Scott Kingery, Acuña reached over the wall to make a spectacular leaping catch. But as he came down and tried to regain his balance, the ball came out of the Braves outfielder's glove. 

All the while, Kingery never stopped running. By the time the relay from Acuña to cutoff man Ozzie Albies reached home plate, Kingery had already arrived with a head-first slide. 

It may be September, but it’s STILL a Scott boy summer! #RingTheBellpic.twitter.com/vhHnscHLMH

Kingery's inside-the-park home run broke a 4-4 tie in a game the Phillies needed to win after dropping the first of a four-game series against their NL East rivals.

Philadelphia ended up winning the game 6-5 to move within 2 1/2 games of the Chicago Cubs (who are playing at San Diego) for the second NL wild-card playoff spot.

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