Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning in support of a good performance by Max Fried to help the Atlanta Braves snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
The Braves needed a good start from Fried and he delivered. Fried allowed a leadoff single to Donovan Solano in the third inning. Anthony DeSclafani moved him to second with a bunt but Fried then got Darin Ruf to ground out and Austin Slater to fly out to end the inning. Slater reached on a two-out single in the sixth and then stole second. However, Fried struck out Kris Bryant to leave him stranded.
The first six innings of Sunday’s game were eerily reminiscent of Saturday’s loss. The Braves had multiple opportunities to cash in against DeSclafani, but continued to come away empty. That changed in the seventh when Austin Riley led off the inning with a double to deep right center. That brought Adam Duvall to the plate who worked the count to 2-2 and then jumped on an elevated slider for a two-run shot to put Atlanta in front 2-0.
That shot opened the floodgates for Atlanta as Eddie Rosario followed with a solo shot to right to push the lead to 3-0.
Fried retired the side in order in the seventh getting Brandon Crawford to ground out with his 99th pitch of the game. He allowed just three hits and a walk to go along with five strikeouts.
Luke Jackson took over in the eighth. Wilmer Flores reached on an infield single off the glove of Ozzie Albies but was then erased as Brandon Belt grounded into a 3-6-3 double play.
Eddie Rosario led off the Atlanta ninth and singled on the first pitch he saw from Kervin Castro to complete the cycle. Rosario is the eight player in franchise history to hit for the cycle and the second to do so this season joining Freddie Freeman.
Will Smith tossed an uneventful ninth to close things out.
The Braves score a much-needed win and will maintain at least a game lead in the NL East pending the outcome of tonight’s game between the Phillies and the Mets. The Braves avoid the sweep and will continue their road trip in Arizona Monday when they will begin a four-game series against the Diamondbacks.