Garcia throws first Braves shutout of 2017 in win blanking SF 2-0

May 26, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jaime García works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 26, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Jaime Garcia pitched a great game for the Atlanta Braves, and helped out his own cause with one swing of the bat.

Garcia slapped a single into left field with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, helping the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 41,326, the 511th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

This is the first Braves shutout of the 2017 season, their first since October 2, 2016 in the final game ever at Turner Field, a 1-0 shutout over the Detroit Tigers.

On the Garcia hit to left field, Tyler Flowers scored from second base after he singled with one out, went to second on a Rio Ruiz ground out. The throw from Brandon Belt went away from Buster Posey and Dansby Swanson scored all the way from first base.

Garcia went 6.2 innings, allowing zero runs, while scattering four hits, walking just two and striking out four.

The Giants best opportunity to get to Garcia came in the bottom of the sixth inning, as they loaded the bases after a Posey intentional walk; however, Garcia was able to Justin Ruggiano to ground out to end the inning.

Eduardo Nunez picked up two hits on the night for the Giants, who have lost four in a row after taking the series opener against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

Following the Nunez single in the bottom of the first inning, Garcia retired the next 11 batters in a row until Ruggiano led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single; however, Garcia was able to get out of the inning unscathed, as he got the next three batters.

Cain went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out three, as he saw his record fall to 3-3 on the season.

NOTES: Ty Blach looks to even up the series on Saturday night, as he will face left-hander Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves.

Chris Shaw made his Sacramento Rivercats debut on Thursday night, and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Shaw played his first 37 games of the season with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels.

On this date in 2009, Tim Lincecum threw eight scoreless innings and struck out eight and the Giants defeated the Braves 4-0.

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