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The Daily Chop: Bullpen can’t hang on in loss to Giants, NL East race continues, and more

Despite the scoreboard, the Braves bats came up big in the first and ninth innings.

Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Braves offense showed signs of life early, courtesy of a two-run double from Adam Duvall in the first inning. However, a tough outing from Ian Anderson gave the San Francisco Giants the lead for the majority of the game. Anderson surrendered 5 hits, 3 of them round-trippers.

Late inning heroics have been a common theme for the Braves in the past. Tonight, it was Travis d’Arnaud’s turn. d’Arnaud cranked a three-run shot in the top of the ninth to give Atlanta a one-run lead entering the home half of the inning.

Will Smith continued to struggle in the closer role and surrendered the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The bullpen couldn’t hang on as the Braves fell to the Giants 6-5 in eleven innings.

Atlanta now holds a two game lead over the NL East and looks to bounce back in game two tonight at 9:05 ET.

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