Swanson, Freeman go back-to-back as Braves beat Giants 9-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried has received more run support this season than any other pitcher in the National League. Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman - with some help from San Francisco's defense - helped keep that trend going on a night when Fried wasn't his sharpest.

Swanson and Freeman hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, when Atlanta scored six unearned runs after San Francisco botched a double play, and the surging Braves beat the Giants 9-2 on Wednesday night.

''My off-speed stuff wasn't as sharp and I didn't throw strikes as much as I would have liked,'' Fried said. ''But I was obviously picked up big time. The offense was incredible. It was just a good team win.''

One day after closer Luke Jackson blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss, the Braves jumped out to an early lead and coasted to their ninth victory in 12 games to pull within 1 1/2 games of first-place Philadelphia in the NL East.

Fried allowed two runs in six innings for his third straight win and NL-leading seventh overall. Fried (7-2) also collected his first career RBI with a bases-loaded fielder's choice as part of Atlanta's big inning.

Swanson also provided a spark with two hits, including his eighth home run, a three-run drive to center field. Freeman, who singled in the first, followed with his team-leading 12th. Freeman has gone deep in five of the last seven games.

The two home runs came after Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (2-3) extended the inning with a pair of tosses that went awry. Samardzija made a throwing error after fielding Ozzie Albies' sharp comebacker with one out. San Francisco was in a defensive shift, but third baseman Evan Longoria appeared to stop short of the bag at second when Samardzija made the throw.

''Just a weird play,'' Samardzija said. ''There are a lot of great things about these shifts but sometimes it does take guys out of the double play position. That's kind of what happened. It was just a freak thing.''

Three batters later, Ronald Acuna Jr. struck out but reached on a wild pitch by Samardzija. Swanson and Freeman followed with the second set of back-to-back home runs for the Braves this season.

''That's what good teams do,'' Freeman said. ''They have to capitalize on the mistakes and that's what we did tonight.''

Braves manager Brian Snitker was pleased to see his team pounce on the mistakes.

''The extra outs in an inning are huge,'' Snitker said. ''It always worries me when you score like that early because there's so much time to come back. That's why I credit Max. He went to work and he didn't let them back in the game.''

Fried had only two clean innings and walked two with five strikeouts. Newly acquired reliever Anthony Swarzak retired three batters. Dan Winkler and Josh Tomlin pitched one inning apiece.

Austin Riley also homered for the Braves, hitting a three-run homer off Derek Holland in the seventh.

Acuna helped out on defense with a pair of tough catches at the center field wall.

Buster Posey had an RBI single for San Francisco but was thrown out trying to reach second. Atlanta right fielder Nick Markakis made a barehanded grab after the ball caromed off the brick wall and made a strong throw to Swanson, who tagged Posey as he was sliding in.

Tyler Austin homered for the Giants.

Samardzija had seven strikeouts and gave up four hits and two walks in six innings.

''I know he gave up six but we gave them too many outs during that second inning,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''That was some of his best stuff, I thought.''

POWERING UP

Atlanta has hit six home runs in the first three games of the series. The Braves began Wednesday tied for sixth in the NL with 66. ''It's a new trait in our club, all the home runs,'' Snitker said. ''It's good.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: 3B Josh Donaldson had the night off.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt was rested before pinch hitting in the ninth. ... 2B Joe Panik got the night off.

UP NEXT

Madison Bumgarner (3-4, 4.21 ERA) pitches Thursday for the Giants and has won seven consecutive decisions against the Braves. The big lefty last lost to Atlanta in 2012. RHP Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.31) takes the mound for the Braves. Gausman has one win in his past eight starts.

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  • W: M. Fried (7-2)L: J. Samardzija (2-3)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (12), D. Swanson (8), A. Riley (4), SF - T. Austin (3)
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N. Markakis RF51000025.284.378.432.8100.0
A. Riley 3B42131022.367.406.8001.2069.0
B. McCann C40000012.278.337.443.780-0.5
O. Albies 2B31000111.255.311.417.7271.5
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  • a-flied out for Swarzak in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Solano 2B40000000.154.214.154.3680.0
T. Austin 1B22111110.255.349.491.8407.5
D. Holland P0000-000.100.100.100.000-
a- B. Belt PH10000000.228.335.469.8040.0
E. Longoria 3B30100101.232.293.424.7173.0
B. Posey C30110002.262.314.405.7192.0
S. Vogt C10100000.235.278.412.6901.0
K. Pillar RF40200010.211.238.357.5941.5
B. Crawford SS40000023.207.276.299.575-1.0
M. Williamson LF30000010.143.234.238.472-0.5
S. Duggar CF30000020.242.285.354.639-1.0
J. Samardzija P10000000.091.091.091.1820.0
b- P. Sandoval PH-1B20000020.292.315.640.956-1.0
  • a-flied out for Holland in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Samardzija in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Swanson (8), F. Freeman (12), A. Riley (4)
  • RBI - D. Swanson 3 (32), F. Freeman (31), A. Riley 3 (9), M. Fried
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 3 (11), F. Freeman (10), A. Riley 3 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis, A. Riley, B. McCann, M. Joyce
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Longoria (9)
  • HR - T. Austin (3)
  • RBI - T. Austin (10), B. Posey (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Posey 2 (2), B. Crawford 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Markakis (2)
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Samardzija
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 7-2)6.04222512.881.1222.5
A. Swarzak1.00000204.911.504.0
D. Winkler1.00000101.350.983.5
J. Tomlin1.02000104.941.181.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 7-2)6.0
A. Swarzak1.0
D. Winkler1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 2-3)6.04602723.271.1713.5
D. Holland3.03332317.301.602.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (L, 2-3)6.0
D. Holland3.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 94-61, A. Swarzak 15-10, D. Winkler 10-8, J. Tomlin 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 9-2, A. Swarzak 1-0, J. Tomlin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 22, A. Swarzak 3, D. Winkler 3, J. Tomlin 5
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Samardzija
  • HBP - J. Samardzija
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 107-68, D. Holland 53-34
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 6-7, D. Holland 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 27, D. Holland 14
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS51231010.254.315.463.7788.5
F. Freeman 1B41311112.325.414.5861.0008.5
N. Markakis RF51000025.284.378.432.8100.0
A. Riley 3B42131022.367.406.8001.2069.0
B. McCann C40000012.278.337.443.780-0.5
O. Albies 2B31000111.255.311.417.7271.5
M. Joyce LF30100101.255.352.468.8202.0
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J. Tomlin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Fried P31010012.118.167.176.3431.5
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  • a-flied out for Swarzak in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Solano 2B40000000.154.214.154.3680.0
T. Austin 1B22111110.255.349.491.8407.5
D. Holland P0000-000.100.100.100.000-
a- B. Belt PH10000000.228.335.469.8040.0
E. Longoria 3B30100101.232.293.424.7173.0
B. Posey C30110002.262.314.405.7192.0
S. Vogt C10100000.235.278.412.6901.0
K. Pillar RF40200010.211.238.357.5941.5
B. Crawford SS40000023.207.276.299.575-1.0
M. Williamson LF30000010.143.234.238.472-0.5
S. Duggar CF30000020.242.285.354.639-1.0
J. Samardzija P10000000.091.091.091.1820.0
b- P. Sandoval PH-1B20000020.292.315.640.956-1.0
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  • a-flied out for Holland in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Samardzija in the 6th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Swanson (8), F. Freeman (12), A. Riley (4)
  • RBI - D. Swanson 3 (32), F. Freeman (31), A. Riley 3 (9), M. Fried
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Swanson 3 (11), F. Freeman (10), A. Riley 3 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis, A. Riley, B. McCann, M. Joyce
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Longoria (9)
  • HR - T. Austin (3)
  • RBI - T. Austin (10), B. Posey (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Austin (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Posey 2 (2), B. Crawford 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Markakis (2)
  • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Samardzija
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 7-2)6.04222512.881.1222.5
A. Swarzak1.00000204.911.504.0
D. Winkler1.00000101.350.983.5
J. Tomlin1.02000104.941.181.5
Total9.0622291---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 7-2)6.0
A. Swarzak1.0
D. Winkler1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 2-3)6.04602723.271.1713.5
D. Holland3.03332317.301.602.5
Total9.07934103---
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (L, 2-3)6.0
D. Holland3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 94-61, A. Swarzak 15-10, D. Winkler 10-8, J. Tomlin 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 9-2, A. Swarzak 1-0, J. Tomlin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 22, A. Swarzak 3, D. Winkler 3, J. Tomlin 5
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Samardzija
  • HBP - J. Samardzija
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 107-68, D. Holland 53-34
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 6-7, D. Holland 2-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 27, D. Holland 14
  • 7TH INNING
    Riley homered to left, Acuna and Markakis scored92
  • 6TH INNING
    Austin homered to right62
  • 4TH INNING
    Posey singled to deep right, Austin scored, Posey out at second61
  • 2ND INNING
    Freeman homered to center60
    Swanson homered to center, Fried and Acuna scored50
    Albies scored, Fried to second on wild pitch20
    Fried reached on fielder's choice to second, Riley scored, Albies to third, Joyce out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman singled to left
    • N. Markakis: Markakis flied out to center
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Riley struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Tomlin relieved Dan Winkler
    • Brandon Belt hit for Derek Holland
    • B. Belt: Belt flied out to deep center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Vogt: Strike looking, Vogt reached on an infield single to second
    • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to center, Vogt to second
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Culberson flied out to deep right
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Acuna fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Stephen Vogt catching
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duggar flied out to deep center
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Sandoval struck out on foul tip
    • D. Solano: Strike looking, Solano lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Derek Holland pitching
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Swanson singled to left, Acuna to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna to third, Swanson out at second
    • A. Riley: Riley homered to left, Acuna and Markakis scored
    • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Max Fried
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • M. Williamson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Williamson grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Albies flied out to left
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Joyce grounded out to second
    • M. Fried: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fried struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pablo Sandoval hit for Jeff Samardzija
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • D. Solano: Strike swinging, Solano grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Austin homered to right
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Posey reached on fielder's choice to third, Longoria out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Riley lined out to right
    • B. McCann: Ball, McCann flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to first
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Williamson struck out looking
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Fried lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna lined out to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • T. Austin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Austin walked
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Longoria grounded out to pitcher, Austin to second
    • B. Posey: Posey singled to deep right, Austin scored, Posey out at second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Riley struck out looking
    • B. McCann: McCann flied out to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Joyce flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • J. Samardzija: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Samardzija lined out to first
    • D. Solano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Solano lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Riley hit by pitch
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Riley to second on pitcher Samardzija throwing error
    • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Joyce singled to left, Riley to third, Albies to second
    • M. Fried: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fried reached on fielder's choice to second, Riley scored, Albies to third, Joyce out at second
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Acuna struck out, reached on wild pitch, Albies scored, Fried to second on wild pitch
    • D. Swanson: Swanson homered to center, Fried and Acuna scored
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman homered to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (6 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar singled to right
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Crawford grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pillar out at second
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Ball, Williamson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • D. Solano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solano grounded out to second
    • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria doubled to shallow left
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)