Mike Foltynewicz pitches 6-hitter as Braves beat Giants 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mike Foltynewicz has minimal experience pitching in meaningful September games, so saving the Braves bullpen and going the distance as NL East-leading Atlanta gained separation in the division meant so much at this stage.

Foltynewicz pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time in nearly a month, Charlie Culberson hit a two-run homer after entering as an injury replacement and the Braves sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10th straight defeat with a 4-1 win Tuesday night.

''It's just really good to go out there and put up a game like this against these guys in the middle of September,'' Foltynewicz said. ''This is kind of my first time really pitching in September. Just going out there, I felt strong the whole game. It's in the playoff race. Not too many of us are used to that. We're just taking it day by day, pitch by pitch and we're having a lot of fun doing it, too.''

Foltynewicz (11-9) retired 13 straight batters after Evan Longoria's two-out double in the first. The right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth before allowing Brandon Crawford's two-out RBI single. Atlanta's starter struck out seven and walked one while finishing with 108 pitches. He was still hitting the high 90s on the radar gun in the late innings.

It marked Foltynewicz's first victory since Aug. 13 against Miami, ending a four-start winless stretch during which he was 0-2 following a three-start winning streak.

Dansby Swanson added an RBI double in the eighth for the Braves, who moved 6 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies in the division.

Ender Inciarte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth then Culberson followed Ronald Acuna Jr.'s leadoff triple in the fifth with his 11th home run. He replaced injured third baseman Johan Camargo, who exited with left groin tightness.

''Charlie's been doing that all year. Somebody goes down, he just steps in and does a great job,'' manager Brian Snitker said.

The Giants have just their third double-digit losing streak since moving West in 1958 - also in 1985 and 1996 - and sixth since 1908. The club's last 11-game skid was in 1951, when the New York Giants went on to win an NL pennant.

San Francisco held a brief team meeting Tuesday.

''I think they'll get through this and play better the last 16 games. We have to,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We can't get any worse, to be honest, with what's been going on offensively. We have to get some guys to get some big hits for us.''

Giants lefty Andrew Suarez (6-11) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three.

SEPT. 11 REMEMBERED

A moment of silence was held before the anthem to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Camargo will sit Wednesday but expects to play Friday back home, though Snitker wants to see him work out first. Camargo said he ''didn't feel anything serious'' - more like his groin had cramped up after running to first on a fielding error in the third. He was lifted for a pinch-runner as a precaution. ... RHP Arodys Vizcaino (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to join the team Friday back home and come off the disabled list. ... Snitker will have a well-rested bullpen Wednesday after using just three relievers for an inning each during Monday's 4-1 win.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt may need offseason surgery on his right knee, something that is being discussed, though as of now the plan is for him to finish out the season. While he pinch hit in the eighth, he wasn't in the lineup as Bochy said, ''Belt is sore to a point where he needs a day today.'' Belt had been in the original lineup and is expected to play Wednesday afternoon's series finale. ... INF Ryder Jones is scheduled for surgery on the patellar tendon in his left knee Wednesday and expects to be ready for spring training. He was hurt on a swing during Sunday's game in Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.09 ERA) tries for his first win in seven starts - he's 0-2 during that span - since beating the Mets on Aug. 3.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.54) faces the Braves for just the second time in his career and first in exactly four years, since Sept. 12, 2014.

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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (11-9)L: A. Suarez (6-11)
  • HR: ATL - C. Culberson (11)
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J. Camargo 3B20000001.274.354.468.8220.0
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F. Freeman 1B40000104.305.387.500.8871.0
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T. Flowers C40000014.228.350.342.692-0.5
O. Albies 2B40100000.273.311.468.7792.0
E. Inciarte CF31210001.258.315.376.6914.0
D. Swanson SS30110101.246.304.411.7154.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Blanco RF40000011.234.278.355.633-0.5
    A. Hanson 2B30000100.262.286.449.7351.0
    E. Longoria 3B41200001.245.281.423.7034.0
    B. Crawford SS40210001.260.326.399.7263.0
    A. Slater 1B40000003.272.352.335.6870.0
    C. Shaw LF30000010.050.130.200.330-0.5
    G. Hernandez CF30100020.242.292.407.6990.0
    A. Garcia C30100011.400.400.8001.2000.5
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    S. Okert P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
    • b-struck out for Black in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - O. Albies (37), D. Swanson (24)
    • 3B - R. Acuna (3)
    • HR - C. Culberson (11)
    • SF - E. Inciarte (4)
    • SH - M. Foltynewicz (6)
    • RBI - C. Culberson 2 (39), E. Inciarte (58), D. Swanson (58)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 2 (2), T. Flowers 2 (2), E. Inciarte, M. Foltynewicz 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Longoria (22)
    • RBI - B. Crawford (51)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Crawford, A. Slater, B. Belt
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Freeman-Swanson)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Crawford-Hanson-Slater; Suarez-Crawford-Slater; Slater)
    • E - A. Hanson (5), A. Slater (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Foltynewicz (W, 11-9)9.06111702.661.1032.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Foltynewicz (W, 11-9)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Suarez (L, 6-11)6.06333314.331.285.5
    P. Johnson0.01001005.581.36-2.0
    T. Blach1.22111004.271.50-1.0
    R. Black0.10000104.741.000.5
    S. Okert1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Suarez (L, 6-11)6.0
    P. Johnson0.0
    T. Blach1.2
    R. Black0.1
    S. Okert1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 108-75
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 11-7
    • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 32
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Suarez
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 87-52, P. Johnson 9-3, T. Blach 22-14, R. Black 5-3, S. Okert 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 12-3, T. Blach 3-1, S. Okert 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 27, P. Johnson 2, T. Blach 7, R. Black, S. Okert 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Acuna LF31100211.290.368.578.9465.5
    J. Camargo 3B20000001.274.354.468.8220.0
    C. Culberson PR-3B31221000.280.327.494.8218.0
    F. Freeman 1B40000104.305.387.500.8871.0
    N. Markakis RF41200111.308.373.460.8333.5
    T. Flowers C40000014.228.350.342.692-0.5
    O. Albies 2B40100000.273.311.468.7792.0
    E. Inciarte CF31210001.258.315.376.6914.0
    D. Swanson SS30110101.246.304.411.7154.0
    M. Foltynewicz P30000023.056.056.074.130-1.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Blanco RF40000011.234.278.355.633-0.5
      A. Hanson 2B30000100.262.286.449.7351.0
      E. Longoria 3B41200001.245.281.423.7034.0
      B. Crawford SS40210001.260.326.399.7263.0
      A. Slater 1B40000003.272.352.335.6870.0
      C. Shaw LF30000010.050.130.200.330-0.5
      G. Hernandez CF30100020.242.292.407.6990.0
      A. Garcia C30100011.400.400.8001.2000.5
      A. Suarez P10000000.070.111.070.1810.0
      a- J. Panik PH10000011.243.298.336.633-0.5
      P. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Blach P0000-000.034.097.034.000-
      R. Black P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- B. Belt PH10000011.257.345.420.765-0.5
      S. Okert P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total311610179-----
      • a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
      • b-struck out for Black in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Albies (37), D. Swanson (24)
      • 3B - R. Acuna (3)
      • HR - C. Culberson (11)
      • SF - E. Inciarte (4)
      • SH - M. Foltynewicz (6)
      • RBI - C. Culberson 2 (39), E. Inciarte (58), D. Swanson (58)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 2 (2), T. Flowers 2 (2), E. Inciarte, M. Foltynewicz 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Longoria (22)
      • RBI - B. Crawford (51)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Crawford, A. Slater, B. Belt
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Albies-Swanson-Freeman; Freeman-Swanson)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Crawford-Hanson-Slater; Suarez-Crawford-Slater; Slater)
      • E - A. Hanson (5), A. Slater (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Foltynewicz (W, 11-9)9.06111702.661.1032.5
      Total9.0611170---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Foltynewicz (W, 11-9)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Suarez (L, 6-11)6.06333314.331.285.5
      P. Johnson0.01001005.581.36-2.0
      T. Blach1.22111004.271.50-1.0
      R. Black0.10000104.741.000.5
      S. Okert1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total9.0944551---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Suarez (L, 6-11)6.0
      P. Johnson0.0
      T. Blach1.2
      R. Black0.1
      S. Okert1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 108-75
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 11-7
      • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 32
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Suarez
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 87-52, P. Johnson 9-3, T. Blach 22-14, R. Black 5-3, S. Okert 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 12-3, T. Blach 3-1, S. Okert 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 27, P. Johnson 2, T. Blach 7, R. Black, S. Okert 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Crawford singled to right, Longoria scored41
      • 8TH INNING
        Swanson doubled to left center, Inciarte scored40
      • 5TH INNING
        Culberson homered to left center, Acuna scored30
      • 4TH INNING
        Inciarte hit sacrifice fly to left, Markakis scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Steven Okert pitching
        • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Culberson flied out to center
        • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Markakis struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hanson grounded out to first
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria singled to center
        • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Longoria to second on fielder's indifference, Crawford singled to right, Longoria scored
        • A. Slater: Ball, Crawford to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Slater grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Blach Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies grounded out to second
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte singled to center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Swanson doubled to left center, Inciarte scored
        • M. Foltynewicz: Strike swinging, Foltynewicz hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Swanson to third
        • Ray Black relieved Ty Blach
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • C. Shaw: Shaw flied out to center
        • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Brandon Belt hit for Ray Black
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Pierce Johnson pitching
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
        • C. Culberson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Culberson singled to right, Acuna to third
        • Ty Blach relieved Pierce Johnson
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman lined out to first, Culberson out at first
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Markakis out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hanson walked
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Longoria flied out to left
        • B. Crawford: Crawford singled to right, Hanson to second
        • A. Slater: Strike looking, Slater lined out to first, Hanson out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Albies flied out to center
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte singled to center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Inciarte out at second
        • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foltynewicz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia singled to center
        • Joe Panik hit for Andrew Suarez
        • J. Panik: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Panik struck out looking
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to shortstop, Garcia out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Acuna tripled to deep center
        • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Culberson homered to left center, Acuna scored
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Markakis grounded out to shortstop, Freeman out at second
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flowers grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Slater: Ball, Strike looking, Slater grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Shaw: Ball, Shaw grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis singled to center
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
        • O. Albies: Albies doubled to deep right, Markakis to third
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte hit sacrifice fly to left, Markakis scored
        • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
        • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Foltynewicz grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hanson grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to first
        • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson popped out to second
        • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foltynewicz struck out looking
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
        • J. Camargo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Camargo safe at first on 1st baseman Slater fielding error, Acuna to second
        • Charlie Culberson ran for Johan Camargo
        • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to third
        • A. Suarez: Suarez lined out to left
        • G. Blanco: Blanco flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to left
        • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to second, Markakis out at second
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies safe at first on 2nd baseman Hanson throwing error
        • E. Inciarte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Slater: Strike looking, Slater flied out to deep center
        • C. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
        • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Suarez Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo grounded out to first
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Blanco lined out to left
        • A. Hanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Hanson grounded out to first
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria doubled to deep left
        • B. Crawford: Foul, Crawford grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)