Max Fried went 7 strong innings, Adam Duvall homered, and Eddie Rosario hit for the cycle as the Braves salvage a game from the 3 game set at the home of the team with the best record in the Major Leagues.
Duvall’s 36th homer in the top of the 7th scored Austin Riley, and put the Braves up 2 – 0. Rosario followed Duvall with his own homer; the game’s only runs scoring in consecutive at-bats.
Fried allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. He threw 67 strikes among his 99 pitches. Luke Jackson gave up the last Giants hit in the 8th. Jackson was activated from the paternity list before the game, and Orlando Arcia sent to Gwinnett. The Braves are now carrying 16 pitchers.
Will Smith pitched a perfect 9th to protect the 3 run lead and pick up his 33rd save. A 3 run lead is a good scenario for Smith, maybe even a 2 run lead.
Rosario doubled in the 2nd, tripled in the 5th, and singled in the 9th to account for the rest of his cycle. Joc Pederson was moved back into the leadoff spot and had a couple of hits, including a double.
Atlanta now holds a 1.5 game lead in the NL East pending the results of the Phillies/Mets game later Sunday, and play the first of 4 games at Arizona on Monday. Huascar Ynoa and Humberto Mejia are scheduled at 9:40 EDT.