Arcia’s decisive single in 9th lifts Braves past Giants

ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando Arcia led Matt Olson from second base with a game-breaking ninth-inning single, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Camilo Doval started the ninth by walking Olson four pitches, the first pass delivered by the Giants in the game. He took Travis out of Arnaud on a popup before Marcell Ozuna shot in from the left. Doval (2-3) struck out Adam Duvall before Arcia drove the ball to left field.

In the top of the ninth, Braves closest Kenley Jansen (4-0) allowed a one-out single to hitter Joc Pederson, who ranked third on Luis González’s single. González took second on the pitch at third, but Jansen blocked both runners with strikeouts from Thairo Estrada and pinch hitter Brandon Crawford.

The defending World Series Braves champion moved 10 games above .500 for the second time this season. They have won two straight and 16 of 18 to stay in second place in the NL East, 5½ games behind the New York Mets.

San Francisco, at 37-29 and third in the NL West, has lost two straight games.

In a clash of personnel aces, Fried and Logan Webb locked in and didn’t budge in seven innings apiece. Webb allowed six hits and a run without a walk and seven strikeouts. Fried allowed five hits and a run with two walks and eight strikeouts.

D’Arnaud made it 1-0 late in the second with his 10th homer and fourth in his last five games. The ball sailed 414 feet into the left field seats. The Braves lead the NL with 101 home runs. It was the first long fly Webb gave up in 27 career innings against Atlanta.

Harris tripled with two outs in the fifth, but Webb forced Ronald Acuña Jr. out to end the threat.

Fried came out of trouble in the second, blocking a runner at third with a González pickoff at first and an Estrada strikeout. He retired seven straight before giving up a single to Darin Ruf and knocking out Evan Longoria to finish fourth.

Fried lowered his ERA to 1.89 in five career starts and one relief appearance against San Francisco.

Atlanta has won eight straight at home, the longest streak since its 13-game winning streak from Aug. 17 to Sept. 17. 7, 2019. The Braves outscored the opposition 44-17 during that streak.

Webb has a 1.33 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta. He gave up all six of his homers on the road this season.


Pederson wore his signature pearls for the first time this season as he received his 2021 World Series ring before the game. He was one of four outfielders the Braves acquired last year after Acuña injured his knee late in the season and quickly became a fan favorite with key shots and the beads he started. to wear in September.

Pederson sent his original pearl necklace to Cooperstown at the request of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and purchased another necklace from the same jeweler. The Braves included a single pearl in their diamond-set championship rings.

“It was just wearing them, and I think that goes with the whole story of why I started wearing them because it felt good, and Atlanta took it to another level” , did he declare. “That’s why I didn’t want to wear them anymore until we came here.”

Pederson was out of lineup with the Giants facing a left-handed starting pitcher.


The Braves threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but Estrada made up for a fielding error earlier in the inning by spearing Dansby Swanson’s understudy and doubling Michael Harris II for the second out. Dominic Leone hit Austin Riley to end the threat with a runner at second.


Braves RHP Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.45 ERA) will take the mound for Game 2 of a four-game series. Giants manager Gabe Kapler has indicated that RHP Anthony DeSclafani will come off the 60-day disabled list to make his first start since April, but the team has yet to officially announce a starter.


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