Newcomb goes 6 strong, Albies provides jolt as Braves top SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Atlanta Braves are threatening to turn a tight NL East race into a runaway finish.

Sean Newcomb pitched six strong innings, Ozzie Albies sparked the offense with two extra-base hits and 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.

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.

''Always aggressive,'' Albies said. ''He throws behind me, I'm going.''

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.

''He's an aggressive kid,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's always looking to advance to the next base, that's for sure.''

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

''I was just attacking the hitters the whole time, trying to make them uncomfortable,'' Newcomb said.

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

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

''I asked him to go back out for the seventh. I felt good regardless of pitches,'' Rodriguez said. ''I thought I could pitch a pretty good inning. I feel strong. I want to keep going out there.

''I like playing with old school managers. It's the game I learned, bunting guys over to second, and grew up watching. Having Bochy as a manger and him having confidence in me is awesome.''

The 26-year-old rookie joined some elite company.

Rodriguez became one of just two pitchers to allow two or fewer runs over six-plus innings 13 times in their first 16 career starts. The other is former Montreal Expos pitcher Steve Rogers, per to Stats, LLC.

The only other Giant to allow two or fewer runs in 13 of their first 16 starts in a season is Juan Marichal (1965).

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. He's expected to be activated by Friday, manager Brian Snitker said. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (right knee tendinitis) threw a simulated game over the weekend but is not expected to pitch again this season. ... RHP Jose Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation) has been shut down for the rest of the season. ... IF Rio Ruiz was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Giants: INF Ryder Jones (dislocated patella on left knee) will have surgery later this week. The 25-year-old was injured taking a swing during Sunday's game in Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-9, 2.75 ERA) is 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in six career starts against the Giants.

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (6-10, 4.33) is tied for 11th in franchise history for a rookie with 118 strikeouts. He ranks seventh in that category in the San Francisco era.

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  • W: S. Newcomb (12-8)L: D. Rodriguez (6-3)S: A. Minter (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF40000102.290.365.575.9401.0
J. Camargo 3B40000001.276.356.470.8260.0
F. Freeman 1B41200020.308.388.504.8923.0
N. Markakis RF40000012.307.371.460.831-0.5
K. Suzuki C30310100.274.335.461.7966.0
L. Adams PR01000000.211.348.368.7161.0
T. Flowers C00000000.233.355.349.7040.0
E. Inciarte CF40000004.256.314.374.6880.0
O. Albies 2B42210002.273.311.468.7798.0
D. Swanson SS20020001.245.302.409.7112.0
S. Newcomb P20000010.045.067.068.135-0.5
a- R. Ruiz PH00000000.000.500.000.5001.0
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b- L. Duda PH00000100.240.310.417.7281.0
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Newcomb in the 7th
  • b-walked for Venters in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Slater RF40110020.278.359.343.7031.0
B. Belt 1B40100021.258.346.421.7670.0
E. Longoria 3B40000002.242.279.420.6980.0
N. Hundley C30000011.232.290.399.689-0.5
B. Crawford SS30000010.258.325.398.724-0.5
H. Pence LF30000010.211.251.295.546-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B20000010.214.275.275.549-0.5
a- J. Panik PH0000-000.243.299.337.000-
b- C. d'Arnaud PH-2B10000000.229.270.398.6670.0
G. Hernandez CF31100010.241.291.408.6993.5
D. Rodriguez P10000010.074.074.111.185-0.5
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Garcia PH10000010.417.417.9171.333-0.5
H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-announced for Tomlinson in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Panik in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Watson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (38), K. Suzuki (23), O. Albies (36)
  • 3B - O. Albies (5)
  • SF - D. Swanson (3)
  • SH - D. Swanson (6)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (47), O. Albies (68), D. Swanson 2 (57)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, J. Camargo, N. Markakis, E. Inciarte, O. Albies, D. Swanson
BATTING
  • SH - D. Rodriguez (6)
  • RBI - A. Slater (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria, N. Hundley
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hernandez (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dyson-Tomlinson-Belt)
  • E - G. Hernandez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 12-8)6.03110803.821.3128.0
S. Carle (H, 14)1.00000002.901.223.0
J. Venters (H, 12)1.00000102.761.133.5
A. Minter (S, 14)1.00000203.361.2611.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 12-8)6.0
S. Carle (H, 14)1.0
J. Venters (H, 12)1.0
A. Minter (S, 14)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Rodriguez (L, 6-3)6.15212302.351.059.5
S. Dyson0.20000002.941.130.0
T. Watson1.00000102.831.113.5
H. Strickland1.02221003.831.33-2.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Rodriguez (L, 6-3)6.1
S. Dyson0.2
T. Watson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 93-60, S. Carle 7-6, J. Venters 8-6, A. Minter 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 6-4, S. Carle 2-1, J. Venters 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 21, S. Carle 3, J. Venters 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Rodriguez
  • HBP - D. Rodriguez (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 110-68, S. Dyson 4-2, T. Watson 7-6, H. Strickland 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 5-11, S. Dyson 1-0, T. Watson 2-0, H. Strickland 3-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 27, S. Dyson, T. Watson 3, H. Strickland 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna LF40000102.290.365.575.9401.0
J. Camargo 3B40000001.276.356.470.8260.0
F. Freeman 1B41200020.308.388.504.8923.0
N. Markakis RF40000012.307.371.460.831-0.5
K. Suzuki C30310100.274.335.461.7966.0
L. Adams PR01000000.211.348.368.7161.0
T. Flowers C00000000.233.355.349.7040.0
E. Inciarte CF40000004.256.314.374.6880.0
O. Albies 2B42210002.273.311.468.7798.0
D. Swanson SS20020001.245.302.409.7112.0
S. Newcomb P20000010.045.067.068.135-0.5
a- R. Ruiz PH00000000.000.500.000.5001.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Venters P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Duda PH00000100.240.310.417.7281.0
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Newcomb in the 7th
  • b-walked for Venters in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Slater RF40110020.278.359.343.7031.0
B. Belt 1B40100021.258.346.421.7670.0
E. Longoria 3B40000002.242.279.420.6980.0
N. Hundley C30000011.232.290.399.689-0.5
B. Crawford SS30000010.258.325.398.724-0.5
H. Pence LF30000010.211.251.295.546-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B20000010.214.275.275.549-0.5
a- J. Panik PH0000-000.243.299.337.000-
b- C. d'Arnaud PH-2B10000000.229.270.398.6670.0
G. Hernandez CF31100010.241.291.408.6993.5
D. Rodriguez P10000010.074.074.111.185-0.5
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Garcia PH10000010.417.417.9171.333-0.5
H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2913100114-----
  • a-announced for Tomlinson in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Panik in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Watson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (38), K. Suzuki (23), O. Albies (36)
  • 3B - O. Albies (5)
  • SF - D. Swanson (3)
  • SH - D. Swanson (6)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (47), O. Albies (68), D. Swanson 2 (57)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, J. Camargo, N. Markakis, E. Inciarte, O. Albies, D. Swanson
BATTING
  • SH - D. Rodriguez (6)
  • RBI - A. Slater (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Longoria, N. Hundley
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hernandez (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dyson-Tomlinson-Belt)
  • E - G. Hernandez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 12-8)6.03110803.821.3128.0
S. Carle (H, 14)1.00000002.901.223.0
J. Venters (H, 12)1.00000102.761.133.5
A. Minter (S, 14)1.00000203.361.2611.0
Total9.03110110---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 12-8)6.0
S. Carle (H, 14)1.0
J. Venters (H, 12)1.0
A. Minter (S, 14)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Rodriguez (L, 6-3)6.15212302.351.059.5
S. Dyson0.20000002.941.130.0
T. Watson1.00000102.831.113.5
H. Strickland1.02221003.831.33-2.0
Total9.0743340---
PITCHERSIP
D. Rodriguez (L, 6-3)6.1
S. Dyson0.2
T. Watson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 93-60, S. Carle 7-6, J. Venters 8-6, A. Minter 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 6-4, S. Carle 2-1, J. Venters 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 21, S. Carle 3, J. Venters 3, A. Minter 3
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Rodriguez
  • HBP - D. Rodriguez (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 110-68, S. Dyson 4-2, T. Watson 7-6, H. Strickland 19-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 5-11, S. Dyson 1-0, T. Watson 2-0, H. Strickland 3-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 27, S. Dyson, T. Watson 3, H. Strickland 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Swanson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Albies scored41
    Albies tripled to deep right center, Adams scored31
  • 7TH INNING
    Swanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Albies scored21
  • 4TH INNING
    Suzuki singled to center, Freeman scored11
  • 3RD INNING
    Slater singled to left, Hernandez scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland pitching
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Suzuki doubled to left center
    • Lane Adams ran for Kurt Suzuki
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second, Adams to third
    • O. Albies: Albies tripled to deep right center, Adams scored
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Albies scored
    • Lucas Duda hit for Jonny Venters
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda walked
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Duda out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • Tyler Flowers catching
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Longoria flied out to deep right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Watson relieved Sam Dyson
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Joe Panik hit for Kelby Tomlinson
    • Jonny Venters relieved Shane Carle
    • Chase d'Arnaud hit for Joe Panik
    • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • Aramis Garcia hit for Tony Watson
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies doubled to right center, Albies to third on center fielder Hernandez throwing error
    • D. Swanson: Swanson hit sacrifice fly to right, Albies scored
    • Rio Ruiz hit for Sean Newcomb
    • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ruiz hit by pitch
    • Sam Dyson relieved Dereck Rodriguez
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to second, Ruiz out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Hundley grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Crawford popped out to shortstop
    • H. Pence: Pence grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis lined out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suzuki singled to left
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Ball, Foul, Foul, Slater grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Swanson popped out to second
    • S. Newcomb: Ball, Ball, Newcomb flied out to left
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • J. Camargo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Camargo popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tomlinson flied out to right
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • D. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman singled to left
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first, Freeman to third
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to center, Freeman scored
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Crawford lined out to left
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Newcomb struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Camargo fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
    • D. Rodriguez: Rodriguez hit sacrifice bunt to first, Hernandez to second
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez stole third, Ball, Foul, Slater singled to left, Hernandez scored
    • B. Belt: Belt flied out to deep left
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded into fielder's choice to left, Slater out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki walked
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Inciarte flied out to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Swanson popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Pence grounded out to third
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tomlinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to third
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Camargo fouled out to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep left
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Belt singled to left
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Belt out at second
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Hundley fouled out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)