The Braves offense showed signs of life early, courtesy of a two-run double from Adam Duvall in the first inning. However, a tough outing from Ian Anderson gave the San Francisco Giants the lead for the majority of the game. Anderson surrendered 5 hits, 3 of them round-trippers.
Late inning heroics have been a common theme for the Braves in the past. Tonight, it was Travis d’Arnaud’s turn. d’Arnaud cranked a three-run shot in the top of the ninth to give Atlanta a one-run lead entering the home half of the inning.
Will Smith continued to struggle in the closer role and surrendered the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The bullpen couldn’t hang on as the Braves fell to the Giants 6-5 in eleven innings.
Atlanta now holds a two game lead over the NL East and looks to bounce back in game two tonight at 9:05 ET.
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