Dickey, Adams lead Braves to 9-0 win over dismal Giants

ATLANTA (AP) R.A. Dickey knew he was close, even if the results didn't show it.

He was right.

Dickey threw seven scoreless innings in his strongest outing of the season, Matt Adams hit another homer and the Atlanta Braves sent the San Francisco Giants to their seventh straight loss, a 9-0 rout Monday night.

The 42-year-old Dickey (5-5) escaped a jam in the first but wound up surrendering just three hits. The knuckleballer retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced, including 13 in a row.

''You know it's good when they're swinging and missing,'' Dickey said. ''That means it's in the zone for a while, then out of the zone quickly.''

Even after his last outing, when he was tagged for a season-high eight runs by Washington, Dickey insisted his baffling pitch wasn't far off.

''It's hard to see sometimes,'' he said, smiling. ''You have to trust me.''

Of course, it helped to be going against the Giants, whose skid is the longest of a hugely disappointing season. San Francisco dropped to 26-46 and fell a staggering 20 games behind first-place Colorado in the NL West.

''Dickey got in a groove with that knuckleball,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We just couldn't get the barrel to the ball.''

Adams homered in the fourth off Johnny Cueto (5-7), driving it deep into the right-field seats. The first baseman added an RBI single in the eighth, sparking a seven-run outburst that made it a rout.

He now has 10 homers and 27 RBIs since being acquired from St. Louis on May 20 after Freddie Freeman sustained a fractured wrist.

''We all miss Freddie, but that guy has been everything and more than everything we could've hoped for,'' Dickey said. ''I hope we can find a spot for him when Freddie comes back.''

San Francisco started strong. Denard Span led off a game delayed 44 minutes by rain with a double to left, and Eduardo Nunez reached on an infield single. But Brandon Crawford and Hunter Spence popped out to shortstop, sandwiched around Buster Posey's strikeout, to leave the runners stranded.

Cueto also went seven strong innings, surrendering five hits and two runs.

The Braves blew it open against San Francisco's depleted bullpen, scoring all seven runs in the eighth with two outs. Dansby Swanson had a two-run single and Danny Santana hit the first pinch-hit homer of his career, a towering three-run shot off Derek Law that landed in the second deck.

Law faced six hitters, giving up five hits and a walk. He was charged with four runs, boosting his ERA from 4.20 to 5.40.

SUSPENSION UPHELD

The Giants will be a man down for six games after Major League Baseball upheld Hunter Strickland's suspension.

The right-handed reliever plunked Washington star Bryce Harper on May 29, igniting a brawl that led to a three-game suspension for Harper, who has already served his time.

Strickland will miss all four games in Atlanta, as well as the first two games of a weekend series in San Francisco against the Mets.

COLON RETURNS

The Braves plan to go to a six-man rotation, at least temporarily, when 44-year-old Bartolo Colon returns from the disabled list Wednesday to start against the Giants.

The right-hander went down June 6 with what was described as a strained left oblique muscle. The move came a day after he gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings against Philadelphia, dropping his record to 2-7 with a 7.78 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: OF Jarrett Parker (fractured right clavicle) began a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

Braves: Micah Johnson could soon be headed for a rehab assignment, and Sean Rodriguez is making big strides in his recovery.

The jack-of-all-trade players have yet to get on the field this season. Johnson sustained a broken left wrist making a diving catch in a spring training game, while Rodriguez sustained a torn left rotator cuff during an offseason car wreck that also injured his wife and two sons.

Johnson is much closer to returning, but Rodriguez is aiming to get back on the field before September.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (2-7, 6.00) gets the start Tuesday coming off the shortest outing of the season. He gave up eight runs and 11 hits in just three innings at Colorado. San Francisco is 3-11 in Moore's starts, including a current stretch of five straight losses.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.86) makes his sixth career start against the Giants. He is 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in his previous appearances, the most recent win coming in 2013.

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  • W: R. Dickey (5-5)L: J. Cueto (5-7)
  • HR: ATL - M. Adams (11), D. Santana (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Nunez 3B40100001.299.323.413.7371.0
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B. Posey C30000012.347.435.531.9660.5
H. Pence RF40000013.246.287.348.635-0.5
J. Panik 2B30000011.269.335.402.736-0.5
B. Belt 1B30100001.222.338.409.7471.0
G. Hernandez LF10000110.215.299.281.5800.5
a- K. Tomlinson PH10100000.277.333.277.6101.0
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Cueto P20000001.037.069.037.1060.0
b- A. Slater LF10000011.347.407.469.877-0.5
  • a-singled for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Cueto in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40310100.305.355.414.7696.0
L. Adams CF0000-000.235.235.235.000-
B. Phillips 2B51100003.304.348.430.7783.0
N. Markakis RF40000004.288.368.379.7471.0
M. Kemp LF31000111.322.363.545.9081.5
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Adams 1B42221000.302.354.579.9339.0
T. Flowers C31000110.320.425.458.8831.5
D. Swanson SS41220000.223.303.339.6425.0
J. Camargo 3B42210010.318.333.409.7424.5
R. Dickey P20000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
a- R. Ruiz PH10000001.182.273.299.5710.0
A. Vizcaino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Santana LF11131000.233.274.433.7078.0
  • a-grounded out for Dickey in the 7th
  • b-homered for Vizcaino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Span (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (12), B. Phillips (18)
  • HR - M. Adams (11), D. Santana (3)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte (30), M. Adams 2 (34), D. Swanson 2 (31), J. Camargo (8), D. Santana 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Adams (19), D. Swanson 2 (12), J. Camargo (4), D. Santana 3 (10)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Inciarte (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (L, 5-7)7.05220414.421.3014.0
J. Osich0.21332004.421.31-6.0
D. Law0.05441015.401.70-10.0
B. Morris0.10000004.431.430.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (L, 5-7)7.0
J. Osich0.2
D. Law0.0
B. Morris0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dickey (W, 5-5)7.03001604.701.4230.0
A. Vizcaino (H, 14)1.01000201.860.973.0
L. Jackson1.00000004.081.193.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Dickey (W, 5-5)7.0
A. Vizcaino (H, 14)1.0
L. Jackson1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Osich
  • HBP - J. Cueto (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 99-75, J. Osich 14-8, D. Law 26-13, B. Morris 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 10-7, J. Osich 2-0, B. Morris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 27, J. Osich 5, D. Law 6, B. Morris
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Dickey (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dickey 86-64, A. Vizcaino 10-9, L. Jackson 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dickey 5-9
  • Batters Faced - R. Dickey 25, A. Vizcaino 4, L. Jackson 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span CF40100021.266.320.420.7401.0
E. Nunez 3B40100001.299.323.413.7371.0
B. Crawford SS40000012.252.296.416.712-0.5
B. Posey C30000012.347.435.531.9660.5
H. Pence RF40000013.246.287.348.635-0.5
J. Panik 2B30000011.269.335.402.736-0.5
B. Belt 1B30100001.222.338.409.7471.0
G. Hernandez LF10000110.215.299.281.5800.5
a- K. Tomlinson PH10100000.277.333.277.6101.0
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Law P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Morris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Cueto P20000001.037.069.037.1060.0
b- A. Slater LF10000011.347.407.469.877-0.5
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  • a-singled for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Cueto in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40310100.305.355.414.7696.0
L. Adams CF0000-000.235.235.235.000-
B. Phillips 2B51100003.304.348.430.7783.0
N. Markakis RF40000004.288.368.379.7471.0
M. Kemp LF31000111.322.363.545.9081.5
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Adams 1B42221000.302.354.579.9339.0
T. Flowers C31000110.320.425.458.8831.5
D. Swanson SS41220000.223.303.339.6425.0
J. Camargo 3B42210010.318.333.409.7424.5
R. Dickey P20000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
a- R. Ruiz PH10000001.182.273.299.5710.0
A. Vizcaino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Santana LF11131000.233.274.433.7078.0
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  • a-grounded out for Dickey in the 7th
  • b-homered for Vizcaino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Span (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (12), B. Phillips (18)
  • HR - M. Adams (11), D. Santana (3)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte (30), M. Adams 2 (34), D. Swanson 2 (31), J. Camargo (8), D. Santana 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Adams (19), D. Swanson 2 (12), J. Camargo (4), D. Santana 3 (10)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Inciarte (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (L, 5-7)7.05220414.421.3014.0
J. Osich0.21332004.421.31-6.0
D. Law0.05441015.401.70-10.0
B. Morris0.10000004.431.430.0
Total8.01199342---
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (L, 5-7)7.0
J. Osich0.2
D. Law0.0
B. Morris0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dickey (W, 5-5)7.03001604.701.4230.0
A. Vizcaino (H, 14)1.01000201.860.973.0
L. Jackson1.00000004.081.193.0
Total9.0400180---
PITCHERSIP
R. Dickey (W, 5-5)7.0
A. Vizcaino (H, 14)1.0
L. Jackson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Osich
  • HBP - J. Cueto (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 99-75, J. Osich 14-8, D. Law 26-13, B. Morris 3-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 10-7, J. Osich 2-0, B. Morris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 27, J. Osich 5, D. Law 6, B. Morris
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Dickey (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dickey 86-64, A. Vizcaino 10-9, L. Jackson 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dickey 5-9
  • Batters Faced - R. Dickey 25, A. Vizcaino 4, L. Jackson 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Santana homered to right, Swanson and Camargo scored09
    Camargo singled to center, Flowers scored, Swanson to third06
    Swanson singled to right, Kemp and Adams scored, Flowers to third05
    Adams singled to right, Phillips scored, Kemp to third, Adams to second03
  • 4TH INNING
    Adams homered to right center02
  • 3RD INNING
    Inciarte doubled to right center, Camargo scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • Danny Santana in left
    • Lane Adams in center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Crawford flied out to deep left
    • B. Posey: Posey lined out to left
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pence popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • Kelby Tomlinson hit for Gorkys Hernandez
    • K. Tomlinson: Ball, Tomlinson singled to right
    • Austin Slater hit for Johnny Cueto
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • D. Span: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Nunez popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Osich pitching
    • Austin Slater in left
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • B. Phillips: Pickoff attempt, Phillips reached on fielder's choice to third, Inciarte out at second
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second, Phillips to second
    • M. Kemp: Kemp intentionally walked
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Adams singled to right, Phillips scored, Kemp to third, Adams to second
    • Derek Law relieved Josh Osich
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to right, Kemp and Adams scored, Flowers to third
    • J. Camargo: Pickoff attempt to first, Camargo singled to center, Flowers scored, Swanson to third
    • Danny Santana hit for Arodys Vizcaino
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Santana homered to right, Swanson and Camargo scored
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Inciarte singled to center
    • Lane Adams ran for Ender Inciarte
    • B. Phillips: Phillips doubled to right, Inciarte to third
    • Bryan Morris relieved Derek Law
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Posey hit by pitch
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Foul, Panik flied out to left
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Belt grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson singled to right center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Camargo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Swanson out at second
    • Rio Ruiz hit for R.A. Dickey
    • R. Ruiz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ruiz grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike looking, Span grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis lined out to left
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp lined out to right
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adams lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Belt flied out to left
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Cueto: Cueto popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • R. Dickey: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickey struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Phillips grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Posey flied out to right
    • H. Pence: Pence fouled out to first
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Panik flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams homered to right center
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez lined out to shortstop
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Camargo singled to right
    • R. Dickey: Strike swinging, Dickey lined out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Inciarte doubled to right center, Camargo scored
    • B. Phillips: Foul, Foul, Foul, Phillips lined out to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Panik struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt singled to deep right center, Belt out at second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • J. Cueto: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cueto grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams grounded out to first
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Swanson lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Dickey Pitching:
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike looking, Span doubled to left
    • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Span to third
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford popped out to shortstop
    • B. Posey: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Foul, Ball, Pence popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Ball, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis hit by pitch
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)