Soroka, Acuña lead Braves to a 4-1 victory over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The calendar hasn't hit June, and Atlanta pitcher Mike Soroka is already fielding questions about the All-Star game.

The Braves rookie right-hander had his season delayed by a shoulder injury suffered working out in spring training. There will be plenty of time for All-Star talk, but the way Soroka is pitching a strong case could be made.

Soroka carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, Ronald Acuna Jr. homered twice and Atlanta beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Monday night.

''I'm really just trying to put one foot in front of the other and make every start,'' Soroka said. ''All-Star break's a long ways away and a lot of starts to go until then. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing. If that happens it'll be unbelievable (but) that's something that's not even worth thinking about right now.''

Soroka (5-1) struck out seven and allowed one run and two hits in eight innings. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer in all seven starts this season. His ERA rose from 0.98 to 1.01.

The 21-year-old Soroka retired the first 15 batters with relative ease before Brandon Crawford led off the sixth inning by hitting the first pitch to straightaway center field for a homer.

It was the first home run allowed by Soroka since he made his major league debut on May 1, 2018, a streak of 61 1/3 innings.

''The way he keeps pitching is something else,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''The maturity shows. It's really impressive watching him work. He's one of those guys, you don't know if he's five up, five down or what the score is. He just keeps pitching and making pitches.''

Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies helped preserve Soroka's gem, making a running catch with his back to the infield on a fly ball to short center field by Kevin Pillar that ended the fifth inning.

Sean Newcomb retired three batters for his first major league save.

Austin Riley also homered for the Braves, who won the opener of a seven-game trip and have won eight of 11.

''It's nice because we have such a nice blend of young players and veterans,'' Acuna said through a translator. ''It's nice to be a part of that. I'm just trying to focus on winning. That's really the most important thing that we're all striving to achieve.''

Acuna homered leading off the game against San Francisco starter Andrew Suarez (0-1). It's the 10th leadoff home run of Acuna's career and second in as many games this season. Acuna also homered leading off Sunday's 10-inning 3-2 loss to Milwaukee.

Acuna homered again in the seventh off Nick Vincent. Atlanta is 8-2 since Acuna was moved into the leadoff spot on May 10.

''I don't know what it is but he's just kind of a different guy there,'' Snitker said. ''There's something about that spot there that he kind of comes alive.''

Riley's two-run home run came off Suarez in the sixth, following a walk to Nick Markakis.

Suarez allowed three runs and four hits in six innings in his debut. The left-hander, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, walked four and struck out five.

Suarez's only career win came against Atlanta on May 6, 2018.

''He was a strike away from a great start,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''He lost Markakis and then had the next hitter 0-2 and just hung a breaking ball. He gave us a chance to win the game, but offensively, we just got completely shut down.''

PAGING PABLO

The Giants played without a true backup shortstop after the team optioned infielder Donovan Solano to Sacramento to make room for Suarez. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that third baseman Evan Longoria or second baseman Joe Panik could be used there, if needed.

''Of course Pablo (Sandoval) could, too,'' Bochy said, referencing the two-time All-Star who has evolved into the Giants' utility player. Sandoval started at third in place of Longoria.

DONE DEAL

The Braves added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. As part of Monday's trade, Seattle is sending Atlanta $1.78 million to cover about one-third of the $5.67 million remaining in Swarzak's $8 million salary this year.

The 33-year-old Swarzak has a 5.27 ERA and three saves in six chances this season for the Mariners. He had an 8.64 ERA in his last nine appearances.

DONE DEAL 2.0

San Francisco acquired minor league pitcher Matt Seelinger from Tampa Bay as the player to be named later in the deal that sent catcher Erik Kratz to the Rays last week. Seelinger will report to Class-A Augusta.

TRAINERS ROOM

Giants: Longoria was held out of the starting lineup. He flew out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

UP NEXT

Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.88 ERA) pitches Tuesday in his first start against San Francisco since 2013. Teheran is going for back-to-back wins after ending a three-game losing streak with five scoreless innings against St. Louis on May 16. Right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60) makes his second career start for the Giants. Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings in his major league debut against Toronto on May 15.

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  • HR: ATL - A. Riley (3), R. Acuna 2 (11), SF - B. Crawford (3)
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  • a-flied out for Soroka in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Suarez in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Holland in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (6)
  • HR - R. Acuna 2 (11), A. Riley (3)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (31), A. Riley 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (11), A. Riley 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies 2 (2), J. Donaldson, N. Markakis, J. Camargo 2 (2), M. Soroka
BATTING
  • HR - B. Crawford (3)
  • RBI - B. Crawford (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Sandoval
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Riley
FIELDING
  • DP - (Soroka-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Donaldson (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (2)
  • E - M. Williamson
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M. Soroka (W, 5-1)8.02110711.010.8734.5
S. Newcomb (S, 1)1.00000102.611.4510.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 5-1)8.0
S. Newcomb (S, 1)1.0
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A. Suarez (L, 0-1)6.04334524.501.337.5
N. Vincent2.02111213.331.263.0
D. Holland1.00001007.171.592.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 0-1)6.0
N. Vincent2.0
D. Holland1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 94-63, S. Newcomb 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 11-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, S. Newcomb 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 97-60, N. Vincent 47-33, D. Holland 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 7-5, N. Vincent 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 25, N. Vincent 9, D. Holland 4
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F. Freeman 1B30100100.319.410.577.9862.0
J. Donaldson 3B30100101.257.386.474.8602.0
N. Markakis RF31000103.287.385.437.8222.0
A. Riley LF31121112.409.435.8641.2986.5
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J. Camargo SS40000013.222.274.343.617-0.5
D. Swanson SS00000000.244.305.446.7520.0
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M. Soroka P30000021.063.063.063.125-1.0
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  • a-flied out for Soroka in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Suarez in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Holland in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Acuna (6)
  • HR - R. Acuna 2 (11), A. Riley (3)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (31), A. Riley 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (11), A. Riley 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies 2 (2), J. Donaldson, N. Markakis, J. Camargo 2 (2), M. Soroka
BATTING
  • HR - B. Crawford (3)
  • RBI - B. Crawford (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Sandoval
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Riley
FIELDING
  • DP - (Soroka-Albies-Freeman)
  • E - J. Donaldson (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (2)
  • E - M. Williamson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 5-1)8.02110711.010.8734.5
S. Newcomb (S, 1)1.00000102.611.4510.5
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PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 5-1)8.0
S. Newcomb (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 0-1)6.04334524.501.337.5
N. Vincent2.02111213.331.263.0
D. Holland1.00001007.171.592.0
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PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 0-1)6.0
N. Vincent2.0
D. Holland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 94-63, S. Newcomb 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 11-6
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, S. Newcomb 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 97-60, N. Vincent 47-33, D. Holland 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 7-5, N. Vincent 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 25, N. Vincent 9, D. Holland 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Acuna homered to center41
  • 6TH INNING
    Crawford homered to center31
    Riley homered to center, Markakis scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Acuna homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Derek Holland relieved Nick Vincent
    • T. Flowers: Flowers flied out to center
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Mike Soroka
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Culberson flied out to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Albies lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • Evan Longoria hit for Derek Holland
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria flied out to center
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Panik lined out to center
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duggar struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • N. Vincent Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Donaldson singled to right, Freeman to third
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis flied out to center
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Camargo reached on fielder's choice to second, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dansby Swanson at shortstop
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • B. Crawford: Crawford singled to shallow right center
    • M. Williamson: Foul, Williamson grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Crawford out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Nick Vincent pitching
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike looking, Flowers lined out to third
    • M. Soroka: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soroka grounded out to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna homered to center
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Ball, Duggar safe at first on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error
    • B. Posey: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Posey flied out to shallow left
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sandoval struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman popped out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Donaldson safe at first on fielding error
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis walked
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Riley homered to center, Markakis scored
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Crawford homered to center
    • M. Williamson: Williamson grounded out to first
    • Tyler Austin hit for Andrew Suarez
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Austin grounded out to third
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers lined out to center
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Acuna doubled to deep left
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Belt lined out to center
    • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Pillar popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to second
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Riley lined out to second
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Panik grounded out to second
    • S. Duggar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman singled to left center
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Foul, Williamson grounded out to second
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riley walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Riley caught stealing second, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Flowers walked
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sandoval popped out to third
    • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar fouled out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Freeman grounded out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Markakis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Donaldson out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik lined out to left
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duggar grounded out to second
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Posey grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)