Giants Held to Six Hits, Suffer 10th Straight Loss to Braves - NBC Bay Area

Giants Held to Six Hits, Suffer 10th Straight Loss to Braves

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates after hitting a triple as Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants looks on in the top of the fifth inning at AT&T Park on September 11, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Mike Foltynewicz pitched a six-hitter to win for the first time in nearly a month, Charlie Culberson hit a two-run homer after entering as an injury replacement and the Braves sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10th straight defeat with a 4-1 win Tuesday night.

    "It's just really good to go out there and put up a game like this against these guys in the middle of September," Foltynewicz said. "This is kind of my first time really pitching in September. Just going out there, I felt strong the whole game. It's in the playoff race. Not too many of us are used to that. We're just taking it day by day, pitch by pitch and we're having a lot of fun doing it, too."

    Foltynewicz (11-9) retired 13 straight batters after Evan Longoria's two-out double in the first. The right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth before allowing Brandon Crawford's two-out RBI single. Atlanta's starter struck out seven and walked one while finishing with 108 pitches. He was still hitting the high 90s on the radar gun in the late innings.

    It marked Foltynewicz's first victory since Aug. 13 against Miami, ending a four-start winless stretch during which he was 0-2 following a three-start winning streak.

    Dansby Swanson added an RBI double in the eighth for the Braves, who moved 6 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies in the division.

    Ender Inciarte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth then Culberson followed Ronald Acuna Jr.'s leadoff triple in the fifth with his 11th home run. He replaced injured third baseman Johan Camargo, who exited with left groin tightness.

    "Charlie's been doing that all year. Somebody goes down, he just steps in and does a great job," manager Brian Snitker said.

    The Giants have just their third double-digit losing streak since moving West in 1958 _ also in 1985 and 1996 _ and sixth since 1908. The club's last 11-game skid was in 1951, when the New York Giants went on to win an NL pennant.

    San Francisco held a brief team meeting Tuesday.

    "I think they'll get through this and play better the last 16 games. We have to," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We can't get any worse, to be honest, with what's been going on offensively. We have to get some guys to get some big hits for us."

    Giants lefty Andrew Suarez (6-11) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three.

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