By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Author
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinch-hitting pitcher Kevin Gausman lofted a full-count, bases-loaded sacrifice fly within the eleventh inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Friday evening to extend their NL West lead.
The Giants, saved when Donovan Solano got here off the COVID-19 injured listing and related for a tying, pinch-hit dwelling run with two outs within the ninth, moved two video games forward of the Los Angeles Dodgers within the division race.
Atlanta had its NL East lead trimmed to 2 video games over Philadelphia.
The Giants had been out of place gamers when Gausman, a .184 hitter this season, stepped up for reliever Camilo Doval, who had by no means batted in his professional profession.
Gausman hit a flyball to shallow proper area and Brandon Crawford beat the throw dwelling with a head-first slide. Gausman’s teammates chest bumped him and cheered close to first base a day after the right-hander took his first defeat since July 30.
Crawford started the ultimate inning at second base and superior on a wild pickoff throw by Jacob Webb (4-3), who then deliberately walked Evan Longoria. With one out, Solano was walked to load the bases.
Tyler Matzek had retired Crawford on a grounder with two outs within the tenth and the bases loaded.
Doval (3-1) pitched an ideal eleventh for the win.
Down 4-2, the Braves rallied within the ninth when Travis d’Arnaud hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. Austin Riley and Adam Duvall hit consecutive singles to begin the inning in opposition to Tyler Rogers and d’Arnaud related one out later.
Solano homerd off former Giants reliever Will Smith, who blew simply his sixth save.
Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer, Crawford additionally related and LaMonte Wade Jr. had a splash homer for the Giants.
San Francisco starter Logan Webb struck out 9 and did not stroll a batter, permitting two runs on six hits. He was in place to win his tenth consecutive resolution courting to a Could 5 loss at Colorado.
The Braves had gained six of the final seven in San Francisco, the place they performed for the primary time since Could 2019.
Atlanta’s final 10 losses have been by two or fewer runs.
The Giants have homered in a season-high 12 straight video games courting to Sept. 5 — 26 whole throughout that span — for his or her longest such streak since doing so in 13 consecutive video games from June 25-July 12, 2019.
Solano’s shot marked the franchise-record sixteenth pinch-homer by San Francisco this season.
Belt’s homer additionally gave him a 10-game hitting streak.
Braves: Atlanta’s scheduled collection finale with Colorado on Thursday was rained out, giving the Braves a head begin touring cross-country to the Bay Space. Supervisor Brian Snitker hoped which may profit everyone however notably his bullpen. “It is not going to be a foul factor having that time off,” he stated.
Giants: Reliever Jake McGee was positioned on the 10-day injured listing with a strained proper indirect muscle that he felt earlier within the week whereas warming up within the bullpen. The subsequent day McGee nonetheless felt it when taking part in catch and a scan was ordered that exposed the pressure. “It wasn’t one thing that was inflicting him extreme discomfort,” supervisor Gabe Kapler stated. … OF Mike Yastrzemski missed a 3rd straight begin after being hit by a pitch on the best elbow Tuesday in opposition to San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (strained pitching elbow) performed catch out to 90 toes with the hope he’ll throw reside batting apply Sept. twenty seventh or twenty eighth and he may doubtlessly pitch earlier than the common season ends. … OF Alex Dickerson (proper hamstring pressure) nonetheless wants some minor league rehab at-bats earlier than being activated.
The Giants recalled RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned INF Thairo Estrado to Sacramento.
LHP Alex Wooden (10-4, 4.08) will pitch Saturday in his first begin for San Francisco since Aug. 26 as he makes his return from a bout with COVID-19. Whereas he’s nonetheless regaining his power, Wooden hopes to work deep into the sport, saying “we’re simply going take it inning by inning and see the way it goes.”
“Get again in, have a couple of earlier than the playoffs and be able to go,” Wooden stated. “Simply completely happy to be again and be capable to give us an opportunity to win.”
The Giants have been compelled into two bullpen video games every week —— and Kapler stated “it is attainable that form of an finish is in sight with the challenges of operating a number of bullpen video games on a weekly foundation.”
RHP Charlie Morton (13-5, 3.49) pitches for the Braves in search of his first win in opposition to the Giants since Aug. 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh.
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