Newcomb goes 6 strong innings as Braces top SF
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.
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).
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