New­comb goes 6 strong in­nings as Braces top SF

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — Sean New­comb pitched six strong in­nings, Ozzie Al­bies sparked the of­fense with two ex­tra-base hits and the At­lanta Braves beat the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 4-1 on Mon­day night.

The Braves moved five games ahead of Philadel­phia atop the NL East and re­duced their magic num­ber to 15 with their fourth win in five games.

The Gi­ants lost their ninth straight, match­ing their worst skid since 2006.

New­comb (12-8) al­lowed a run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked none.

Al­bies was 2 for 4 with a dou­ble, a triple, an RBI and two runs.

Kurt Suzuki was 3 for 3, in­clud­ing a dou­ble lead­ing off a two-run ninth in­ning.

Al­bies scored the go-ahead run in the sev­enth. He led off with a dou­ble against starter Dereck Rodriguez (6-3) and was awarded third when cen­ter fielder Gorkys Her­nan­dez’s throw try­ing to catch Al­bies af­ter a wide turn at first

was off the mark. Her­nan­dez was charged with an er­ror.

Al­bies scored on Dansby Swan­son’s sac­ri­fice fly that made it 2-1.

Al­bies had an RBI triple and scored a run in the ninth.

Rodriguez gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 in­nings.

Braves closer A.J. Min­ter pitched a score­less ninth for his 14th save.

NO­TABLE Braves OF Ron­ald Acuna Jr. was among the first eight play­ers named to rep­re­sent Ma­jor League Base­ball in the 2018 All-Star Tour with Nip­pon Pro­fes­sional Base­ball in Ja­pan, which opens Nov. 7 at the Tokyo Dome. ... Acuna’s 25th home run on Sun­day moved him into a three-way tie fifth place on the ca­reer list for play­ers un­der 21 with Hall of Famers Ed­die Matthews (1952) and Or­lando Cepeda (1958).

TRAINER’S ROOM Braves: RHP Arodys Viz­caino (right shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion) will throw a bullpen ses­sion Tues­day for the first time in five days.

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