Curt Casali’s 2-Run Single Holds Up, Giants Beat Braves 2-0

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood conscionable wanted to find a bully bushed again successful his instrumentality from a bout with coronavirus, to proceed moving toward feeling astatine afloat spot travel playoff time.

Curt Casali deed a two-run azygous successful the 4th that held up, Wood made an awesome three-inning comeback from COVID-19, and the San Francisco Giants bushed the Atlanta Braves 2-0 connected Saturday night.

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Wood struck retired 4 and didn’t locomotion a batter oregon let a deed implicit 3 scoreless innings, throwing 37 pitches successful his archetypal commencement for San Francisco since Aug. 26 arsenic helium makes his instrumentality from a bout with COVID-19. Zack Littell (4-0) relieved and struck retired the broadside successful the fourth.

“I could person gone backmost retired for the fourth, but they’re looking astatine the long-timer representation arsenic acold arsenic the remainder of the play and the postseason and making definite I’m backmost and bully to stay,” Wood said. “That was a determination helium made. But thankful for 3 innings, thankful for this squad win.”

This was marked a important measurement for Wood, who dealt with a fever for 7 consecutive days and was successful furniture for a afloat week portion his woman besides got precise sick. He has declined to stock his vaccination status.

Manager Gabe Kapler hopes to summation Wood’s workload his adjacent outing arsenic helium continues to regain stamina and strength.

“It represents a airy astatine the extremity of the passageway without having to tally respective bullpen games,” Kapler said.

That reliable bullpen has continued to radiance careless of the scenario.

Dominic Leone, San Francisco’s sixth reliever who started Wednesday arsenic the opener successful a bullpen game, finished the 2-hour, 40-minute crippled for his 2nd prevention arsenic the NL West-leading Giants maintained their two-game pb connected the rival Los Angeles Dodgers successful the part race.

Atlanta mislaid its 4th consecutive and had its NL East pb trimmed to 1 crippled aft the Phillies bushed the Mets.

“We were fundamentally successful a deadlock for 4 months of the play and playing behind,” pitcher Charlie Morton said. “I truly don’t deliberation that the situation is immoderate antithetic successful a atrocious way. If anything, I deliberation we’re inactive successful a bully spot. This is going to happen. We’re going to play truly bully baseball, and we did and we enactment ourselves successful a truly bully spot. Now we conscionable got to close the ship.”

Morton (13-6) allowed 2 runs connected 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks implicit 5 innings, but mislaid for the archetypal clip successful his past 9 roadworthy starts since June 11 astatine Miami.

Seeking his archetypal triumph against the Giants since Aug. 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh, the right-hander came into his outing with a 2.48 ERA against the Giants for his lowest full versus immoderate nine helium had faced astatine slightest 10 times.

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Brandon Belt went 0 for 3 and had his 10-game hitting streak snapped a time aft connecting for his career-best 26th location tally successful San Francisco’s 6-5, 11-inning win.

The Giants besides failed to deed a location tally for the archetypal clip successful 13 games, dating to Sept. 5. They had deed 26 full during that span. It was their longest specified streak since doing truthful successful 13 consecutive games from June 25-July 12, 2019.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: Atlanta manager Brian Snitker expected RHP reliever Luke Jackson to instrumentality from the paternity database and rejoin the squad precocious Saturday and beryllium disposable to transportation successful Sunday’s bid finale pursuing the commencement of his lad successful Atlanta.

Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski returned to the lineup aft missing 3 consecutive starts aft being deed by a transportation connected the close elbow Tuesday against San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (strained pitching elbow) played drawback for a 2nd consecutive time and extended retired to 120 feet aft throwing from 90 feet Friday. The program remains for him to transportation unrecorded batting signifier Sept. 27th oregon 28th, and helium could perchance transportation earlier the regular play ends.

WALL OF FAME

The Giants inducted 92-year-old erstwhile proprietor Bob Lurie into their Wall of Fame during a pregame ceremonial extracurricular the ballpark. He was the club’s 2nd proprietor of the San Francisco epoch that began successful 1958 and astatine the helm during the 1989 earthquake-interrupted World Series swept by the cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics.

The left-handed Lurie threw retired a ceremonial archetypal pitch.

ROSTER MOVE

The Giants optioned LHP Sammy Long to Triple-A Sacramento and designated C Chadwick Tromp for assignment.

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