SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Gausman heard the boos when he stepped into the batter’s box, realizing upright away the followers had no thought the Giants had been down to their final alternate suggestions without a pickle gamers left.
So the pinch-hitting pitcher stood in and delivered, lofting a elephantine-count, bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th inning that despatched San Francisco past the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Friday night to increase their NL West lead.
“Oh man, that modified into the splendid thing I’ve ever done in my total profession,” Gausman talked about. “When it modified into 3-2 and everybody stood up, it modified into potentially one in all the splendid moments of my lifestyles. … Appropriate loopy.”
The Giants, saved when Donovan Solano got here off the COVID-19 injured list and linked for a tying, pinch-hit home tear with two outs in the ninth, moved two video games earlier than the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division bustle.
Atlanta had its NL East lead trimmed to two video games over Philadelphia.
The Giants had easiest pitchers left on the bench when Gausman, with a .184 real looking this season, hit for reliever Camilo Doval, who had not in any appreciate batted in his skilled profession.
“More than anything I modified into trying to now not conception ridiculous, just appropriate capture appropriate swings, swing at strikes,” a giddy Gausman recounted. “Clearly I not in any appreciate would have thought I’d have bought in that declare coming to the ballpark on the sleek time.”
Now not incessantly ridiculous. Now not even shut.
Braves supervisor Brian Snitker bought caught off guard by it.
“I if truth be told thought he’d potentially capture that 3-2 pitch so he didn’t increase the strike zone and almost certainly swing at one over his head or something,” Snitker talked about.
Instead, Gausman hit a flyball to shallow upright enviornment and Brandon Crawford beat the throw home with a head-first traipse. Gausman’s teammates chest bumped him and cheered reach first immoral a day after the upright-hander took his first defeat since July 30.
The pitcher famed “that’s the first time I’ve pulled a ball in the massive leagues, so I didn’t in reality know how to gauge it” or know whether he had done his job. Soon, the occasion gave him his acknowledge.
“I modified into horrified when I turned around and Craw modified into running,” he talked about. “… That modified into barely frigid. I think the followers loved it, seeing a pitcher hit it in the 11th inning. … I bought some boos after they announced my title, I think they thought we had more other folks on the bench however we didn’t, we didn’t have anybody else.”
Crawford started the final inning at second immoral and developed on a wild pickoff throw by Jacob Webb (4-3), who then intentionally walked Evan Longoria. With one out, Solano modified into walked to load the bases.
“He in reality does capture his batting be conscious seriously. That modified into just appropriate a hell of an at-bat — pitcher, pickle player, it modified into a immense at-bat,” supervisor Gabe Kapler talked about of Gausman. “Had a game belief and modified into looking to ranking a pitch in the air. Craw bought a immense jump and made a immense traipse.”
Tyler Matzek had retired Crawford on a grounder with two outs in the 10th and the bases loaded.
Doval (3-1) pitched a splendid 11th for the win.
Down 4-2, the Braves rallied in the ninth when Travis d’Arnaud hit a trail-ahead, three-tear homer. Austin Riley and Adam Duvall hit consecutive singles to begin the inning against Tyler Rogers and d’Arnaud linked one out later.
Solano homered off broken-down Giants reliever Will Smith, who blew his sixth obtain.
Brandon Belt hit a two-tear homer, Crawford moreover linked and LaMonte Wade Jr. had a splash homer for the Giants.
San Francisco starter Logan Webb struck out nine and didn’t stroll a batter, allowing two runs on six hits. He modified into in pickle to win his 10th consecutive determination dating to a Can also 5 loss at Colorado.
“This modified into what I’ve been waiting for all year. Of course I pitched on the sleek time and Gaus will get it,” Webb talked about. “That modified into fun, that modified into staunch fun, that modified into awesome.”
The Braves had won six of the final seven in San Francisco, where they played for the first time since Can also 2019.
Atlanta’s final 10 losses had been by two or fewer runs.
The Giants have homered in a season-excessive 12 straight video games dating to Sept. 5 — 26 total during that span — for their longest such dawdle since doing so in 13 consecutive video games from June 25-July 12, 2019.
Solano’s shot marked the franchise-file 16th pinch-homer by San Francisco this season.
Belt’s homer moreover gave him a 10-game hitting dawdle.
Braves: Atlanta’s scheduled series finale with Colorado on Thursday modified into rained out, giving the Braves a head begin traveling injurious-country to the Bay Home. Snitker hoped that could well moreover succor everybody however in particular his bullpen. “It’s now not going to be a depraved thing having that spoil day,” he talked about.
Giants: Reliever Jake McGee modified into placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained upright indirect muscle. … OF Mike Yastrzemski overlooked a Third straight begin after being hit by a pitch on the upright elbow Tuesday against San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (strained pitching elbow) played spend out to 90 toes with the hope he’s going to throw reside batting be conscious Sept. 27th or 28th and he could well moreover doubtlessly pitch before the usual season ends. … OF Alex Dickerson (upright hamstring strain) aloof needs some minor league rehab at-bats before being activated.
The Giants recalled RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned INF Thairo Estrado to Sacramento.
LHP Alex Wood (10-4, 4.08) will pitch Saturday in his first begin for San Francisco since Aug. 26 as he makes his return from a bout with COVID-19. He hopes to work deep into the sport, saying “we’re just appropriate going capture it inning by inning and inspect the device in which it goes.”
“Secure assist in, have a couple of before the playoffs and find a device to head,” Wood talked about. “Appropriate happy to be assist and be in a pickle to give us a likelihood to win.”
RHP Charlie Morton (13-5, 3.49) pitches for the Braves seeking his first win against the Giants since Aug. 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh.
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