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Jorge Soler, Austin Riley lead Braves over Giants 9-0

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Atlanta takes two of three from the NL West leader.

San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Jorge Soler and Austin Riley both homered in support of Ian Anderson to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 9-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Sunday’s game began as a pitching duel with Anderson and Anthony DeSclafani throwing up zeroes for the first three innings. Anderson, who was making his first start since July 11, allowed a hit and a walk in the first inning but got Brandon Crawford to fly out to leave the runners stranded. Anderson allowed a hit to lead off the second but that runner was erased on a double play. He allowed singles in the third and the fourth but left those runners stranded.

DeSclafani retired the first six hitters he faced before Eddie Rosario singled to lead off the third. Rosario would steal second but DeSclafani recovered and struck out the side to leave him stranded.

The Braves got to him in the fourth as Soler led off the inning with a long home run to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead.

Freddie Freeman followed with an infield single, stole second and then came around to score on Riley’s 28th home run of the season to extend the lead to 3-0.

Joc Pederson and Dansby Swanson followed with back-to-back singles which would be the end of the line for DeSclafani. He was replaced by Sammy Long who retired Rosario on a line out and then struck out Stephen Vogt to end the inning.

Anderson worked a perfect fifth and then came back out for the sixth. He retired Tommy La Stella on a ground out but then walked Darin Ruf. A wild pitch moved Ruf up to second but Anderson retired Brandon Belt on a fly out to center for the second out. He fell behind 1-0 to Crawford and Brian Snitker elected to make a move summoning Tyler Matzek from the bullpen. Matzek walked Crawford but then struck out Wilmer Flores to end the frame.

Anderson pitched well but labored that last inning. He allowed four hits and two walks but no runs over 5 2/3 innings. He threw 86 pitches with 49 landing going for strikes. This was the first time all season that Anderson failed to record a strikeout.

Atlanta added some insurance in the home half of the sixth. Long retired Riley on a fly out but then issued back-to-back walks to Pederson and Swanson. Rosario made them pay as he yanked a 1-1 curveball into the right field corner for a triple to make it 5-0.

Richard Rodriguez worked a perfect seventh and then Atlanta went right back to work against Long. Ozzie Albies led off the inning with a ringing double. Soler then reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners. Freeman followed with a single that scored Albies to make it 6-0. Soler moved over to third as Austin Riley grounded into a force play at second. Pederson lifted a sacrifice fly to left that scored Soler to push the lead to 7-0.

A.J. Minter allowed a double and a walk in the eighth but struck out Crawford to keep the Giants scoreless. The Braves tacked on two more runs in the eighth as Guillermo Heredia doubled and then came around to score on a pair of wild pitches by Long. Albies followed with his 23rd home run of the season to make it 9-0.

Touki Toussaint worked a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The Braves improve to 70-59 on the season and will at least maintain their 4.5 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East standings. They will now head out west for the first time this season for a seven-game road trip that will begin with a three-game series in Los Angeles Monday against the Dodgers.