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Giants vs. Braves – Game Recap – June 23, 2022

ATLANTA – – After a slow start to the season, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has turned things around and is sizzling on the plate.

His team follows suit.

Swanson hit two homers and the Atlanta Braves built an early lead before holding off the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Thursday for their 18th win in 21 games this month.

“It was definitely good,” said Swanson, who has hit .385 in his last 30 games to push his average to .302. “I’ve worked to keep things simple. Most people have gotten to know me pretty well here, and everything I do is with an attitude of winning games. I’m just going to continue that and put us in a position to be successful.”

Swanson, who started a three-run rally for a 4-3 win over the Giants in the ninth inning the night before, had three hits and drove in three runs.

He hit a leadoff in the first home run and connected again in the fourth, his 12th, for a 7-1 lead. It was his seventh career multihomer game, the last on August 14, 2021 in Washington.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run single in a five-run second inning as the Braves tagged Alex Wood (5-6).

Defending World Series champion Braves moved above .500 in 11 games for the first time this season. They have won 10 of their last 11 home games, beat the opponent 67-39 and hit 26 homers on the opponent’s 12.

Atlanta closed within four New York Mets games in the NL East.

“There’s a lot of confidence flowing,” Swanson said. “I feel like we’ve done a really good job staying true to ourselves and finding our identity as a team.

“We’re starting to find our groove and I feel like a lot of the guys on our team are starting to find themselves as well. You bring that together and it’s a powerful thing,” he said.

San Francisco, which had landed in four double plays in the first four innings, has lost four of five.

“It felt like we were short an inning,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “They pitched one more, made one more play, advanced one base than we did. Personally, I’m not very happy with being close to games.”

Atlanta starter Kyle Wright (8-4) allowed 10 hits and four carries in 5 1/3 innings.

Wright got Evan Longoria into a double play with loaded bases to finish the first. He delivered an RBI single to Curt Casali in the second and a homer to Austin Slater who made it 7-2.

Tommy La Stella hit an RBI double as the Giants hit twice in the sixth and chased Wright. Jesse Chavez broke away and went to load the bases with pinch-hitter Brandon Belt before Mike Yastrzemski struck for a fourth time to end the threat.

Will Smith gave up Slater’s RBI single in game eight to make it 7-5.

Kenley Jansen recorded his 19th save from 22 chances and 369th of his career to overtake Jonathan Papelbon for 10th on the career list. Joc Pederson, who played for the Braves last year, hit his 16th home run and sent a two-out drive into the second deck of the Chop House restaurant in right field.

“All four games could have gone either way for either team,” said Atlanta coach Brian Snitker. “It’s good, a big series win.”

Wood (5-6) was burdened with four hits and six carries after pitching one inning and not retiring any of the six batsmen he faced in the second. Wood, who celebrated his 1,000th Career strikeout recorded as d’Arnaud huffed, started the game 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three career starts at Truist Park.

This was the second-shortest start of Wood’s career. The shortest was on July 9, 2015 in Colorado when he fielded for Atlanta and sustained an injury after two pitches.

“These guys were grinding. We had a brutal travel schedule and these guys worked their ass off and for me to go out there and do that is really draining,” he said.

“That’s how it goes sometimes. I just get back on the horse and get ready for the next one.”

DO NOT FAN THE FLAMES

Pederson said he hopes San Francisco fans won’t take it too far with Cincinnati coming to Oracle Park and Tommy Pham playing outfield for the Reds. Pham punched Pederson in the face three weeks ago in Cincinnati before a game over a fantasy football dispute.

“It’s an unfortunate incident and I feel like we got over it,” Pederson said. “It was an off-field issue that was dealt with and continued. It’s in the rear view mirror.”

Pederson added he has not been in contact with Pham since the incident.

STATISTICS

The Braves won the relay series 3-1. … Atlanta has won against left starters 12 straight times and is 18-7 overall.

TRAINING ROOM

Giants: OF Luis González was placed on the 10-Day Injury List with a back strain and missed his second straight game. INF Donovan Mitchell recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. … SS Brandon Crawford was absent from the lineup for the second day in a row due to a bruised left knee. … 1B Brandon Belt didn’t start as planned but went like a pinch hitter. … 1B LaMonte Wade (left knee infection) is nearing the end of his rehab assignment.

Braves: RF Ronald Acuña Jr. and 3B Austin Riley both had scheduled days off.

ACT

San Francisco OF Steven Duggar was dealt to Texas for OF Willie Calhoun.

NEXT

Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (3-2, 5.62 ERA) will be on the mound opposite RHP Graham Ashcraft (3-1, 3.51) as San Francisco and the Reds begin a three-game streak.

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (6-3, 4.53) meets LHP Julio Urías (4-6, 2.56) as Atlanta hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers to start a three-game streak. Longtime Braves star Freddie Freeman returns with the Dodgers.

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