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Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley power Braves to 9-2 victory over Giants

A pair of three-run homers were more than enough as Max Fried continued to impress

MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves bounced back after letting one slip away on Tuesday night, riding three-run homers from Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley as Max Fried stymied the Giants lineup in a 9-2 victory.

Things got weird in the second inning, and the Braves came away with six runs because of it. With one out and a runner on, Ozzie Albies tapped one back to Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. It should’ve been a fairly routine 1-6-3 double play to end the inning. Instead, Samardzija threw wildly between his two middle infielders, failing to record an out and loading the bases. Max Fried would then plate a run on a fielder’s choice groundout to make it 1-0.

Samardzija then struck out Ronald Acuña Jr. for what should’ve been the third and final out, but the ball bounced away from Buster Posey and allowed Acuña to reach and another run to score. 2-0.

Then came a three-run blast from Dansby Swanson, followed by a solo homer from Freddie Freeman, and in the blink of an eye it was 6-0.

Max Fried struggled with his command at times throughout the evening, but he was mostly good as he worked six innings of two-run ball. He struck out five, walked two and gave up four hits. He’s now 7-2 on the season with a 2.88 ERA.

With the score 6-2 in the top of the seventh, Austin Riley stepped to the plate with two on and two out. He didn’t miss a first-pitch fastball and rocketed it over the left field wall for a three-run shot, his fourth in his first eight big league games. Kid’s good.

Anthony Swarzak made his Braves debut and worked a clean seventh inning, striking out a batter. Dan Winkler worked a clean eighth after some recent wildness on the mound. Josh Tomlin closed things out in the ninth.

The Braves are 27-23. The Phillies lost, so Atlanta sits 1 12 games back of first place in the East.

The Braves will conclude their four-game series on Thursday afternoon as Kevin Gausman battles Madison Bumgarner (3-4, 4.21 ERA, 3.54 FIP) at 3:45 p.m. ET.

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