Giants fall late as close call goes Braves' way

Giants fall late as close call goes Braves' way

SAN FRANCISCO — Not even modern technology could help the Giants avoid their unwanted history.

They established a San Francisco-era franchise record Wednesday with their 11th consecutive defeat, a 2-1 setback dealt by the Atlanta Braves. The Giants entered the ninth inning locked in a 1-1 tie, but a replay review gave the Braves an assist and the go-ahead run.


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SAN FRANCISCO — Not even modern technology could help the Giants avoid their unwanted history.

They established a San Francisco-era franchise record Wednesday with their 11th consecutive defeat, a 2-1 setback dealt by the Atlanta Braves. The Giants entered the ninth inning locked in a 1-1 tie, but a replay review gave the Braves an assist and the go-ahead run.


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With Charlie Culberson on third base and two outs in Atlanta’s ninth, pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers grounded to third baseman Evan Longoria, whose low throw pulled first baseman Brandon Belt off the bag, and Flowers was called safe. The Giants contended that Belt kept his foot on the bag long enough to record the out, but the review determined that the call stands, enabling Culberson’s run to count.

Giants starter Derek Holland displayed his usual efficiency, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Tony Watson contributed a scoreless seventh inning, which proved to be one of the finer escape acts of the season by a Giants reliever. Watson took over after Reyes Moronta loaded the bases with nobody out. Given essentially no margin for error, Watson delivered a flawless effort. He coaxed Adam Duvall‘s foul popup near first base, struck out the dangerous Ronald Acuna Jr. on three 94-mph fastballs and induced Ozzie Albies‘ fielder’s-choice grounder to end the threat.

The Giants, who scored 25 runs in their previous 10 defeats, scored their token run in the third inning. Joe Panik led off with one of his three singles, advanced to second base on a groundout and came across on Longoria’s single.

Albies doubled and raced home on Freddie Freeman‘s single to tie the score in the sixth.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Published at Wed, 12 Sep 2018 23:22:13 +0000

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