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Braves’ offense held in check in 5-0 loss to Giants

The two teams will meet again in the rubber match Sunday.

San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves were unable to come up with a big hit in a 5-0 loss to Logan Webb and the San Francisco Giants Saturday night.

The Braves quickly found themselves behind as Tommy La Stella sent the fifth pitch over the wall in right to give the Giants an early 1-0 lead. Atlanta tried to answer in the home half of the first as Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley both reached on singles but Dansby Swanson grounded out to leave them stranded.

San Francisco struck again in the third. Huascar Ynoa struck out Mike Yastrzemski to begin the inning but then allowed a double to pitcher Logan Webb. LaMonte Wade followed with a single to put runners at the corners. La Stella then lifted a sacrifice fly to Jorge Soler in right, Webb tagged and scored on the play to make it 2-0. Ynoa then walked Buster Posey but retired Brandon Crawford on a great over the shoulder play by Ozzie Albies.

The Braves left two more men on in the third as Freddie Freeman and Riley both singled but were left stranded as Swanson flew out to end the inning.

Ynoa didn’t really have his best stuff but he was able to keep Atlanta in the game. He pitched around a two-out walk in the fourth and retired the side in order in the fifth. Crawford worked a one-out walk off of Ynoa in the sixth. Wilmer Flores then lifted a fly ball that dropped in between Albies, Soler and Joc Pederson. Soler made a heads up play firing the ball into second in time to force out Crawford. Ynoa then struck out Alex Dickerson to retire the side.

That would be the end of the night for Ynoa who allowed three hits, three walks and two runs over six innings. He struck out three while throwing 96 pitches.

Atlanta had another great opportunity to score in the sixth as Freeman reached on an infield single to lead off the inning. Austin Riley then grounded to third but Flores’ throw to second sailed into right field to put runners at the corners with no one out. Webb would dig in again however and retire Swanson on a pop out for the first out. Travis d’Arnaud then grounded back to Webb who fired to second for the double play to end the inning.

The Giants added an insurance run in the seventh when Yastrzemski took Richard Rodriguez deep to make it 3-0. They got two more in the eighth off of Chris Martin who allowed a run-scoring single to Darin Ruf and an RBI double to Yastrzemski.

Webb would give way for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He continued his dominant performance in August allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings. Webb struck out six and walked one while throwing 98 pitches.

With Webb out of the game, the Braves threatened again in the eighth against Tyler Rogers. Albies reached on an infield single and then moved up to second on a single by Soler. Freeman then struck out on three pitches for the first out. Riley ripped a liner with a 108 mph exit velocity right at Flores at third for the second out. Swanson then grounded softly to La Stella to end the threat.

The Braves had their chances but were unable to cash them in. They left eight runners on base in the game and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Albies, Soler, Freeman and Riley combined to go 7-for-12. The rest of the lineup was 0-for-16.

Atlanta falls to 69-59 on the season and now have a 4.5 game lead over the Phillies who defeated the Diamondbacks Saturday. The Braves will face the Giants in the rubber match of the series Sunday before heading out on a west coast trip.

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