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Braves 7, Giants 6

After a slow start to the season, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has turned it around and is sizzling at the plate.

His team is following suit.

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

“It’s definitely been a good one," said Swanson, who's hitting .385 over his last 30 games to boost his average to .302. “I’ve been working to keep things simple. Most people have gotten to know me pretty good around here, and everything I do is with the mindset to win games. I’m just going to continue with that and put us in a position to be successful."

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

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

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

The defending World Series champion Braves moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this season. They have won 10 of their last 11 home games, outscoring the opposition 67-39 and hitting 26 homers to opponents’ 12.

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

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

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

San Francisco, which grounded into four double plays in the first four innings, has dropped four of five.

“It felt like we were an inning short," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “They made one more pitch, made one more play, advanced one more base than we did. I personally don’t take a lot of satisfaction in being close in games."

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

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

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

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

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

“All four games could’ve went either way for either team," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s good, a big series win."

Wood (5-6) was charged with four hits and six runs after pitching one inning and retiring none of the six batters he faced in the second. Wood, who recorded his 1,000th career strikeout when d’Arnaud whiffed, began 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 came July 9, 2015, at Colorado when he pitched for Atlanta and sustained an injury after two pitches.

“These guys have been grinding. We’ve had a brutal travel schedule and these guys have been playing their butts off and for me to go out there and do that is really deflating," he said.

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

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

“It’s an unfortunate incident, and I feel like we’ve moved past it,” Pederson said. “It was an off-field issue, handled and moved on. It’s in the rear-view mirror.”

Pederson added he’s had no contact with Pham since the incident.

Dansby Swanson hit two home runs and the Atlanta Braves built a big lead early before holding off the San Francisco Giants 7-6 Thursday for their 18th win in 21 games this month.

Swanson had three hits and drove in three runs. He hit a leadoff home run in the first and connected again in the fourth, his 12th, for a 7-1 lead. It was his seventh career multihomer game.

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

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

The defending World Series champion Braves moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.

San Francisco, which grounded into four double plays in the first four innings, has dropped four of five.

Dodgers 10, Reds 5

Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, leading Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles past Cincinnati.

Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith and Justin Turner also homered for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who outscored the Reds 52-18 in winning all seven games against them this year.

The Dodgers now travel to Atlanta, where Freeman was the longtime face of the franchise and helped the Braves win the World Series last year.

Kershaw (5-1) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven, leaving after 80 pitches and lowering his ERA to an even 2.00.

Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-8) surrendered six runs and nine hits, including three homers, in five innings. Cincinnati has lost seven straight and is an NL worst 23-46.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4

Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and Milwaukee beat St. Louis to split a four-game series.

Taylor’s drive to left field on a 2-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead.

The Brewers, who have won five of seven, moved back into a first-place tie with the Cardinals atop the NL Central.

Jason Alexander (2-0) allowed four runs on six hits, working into the sixth inning. Josh Hader breezed through the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Pirates 8, Cubs 7 (10 innings)

Michael Chavis hit a tying home run in the eighth before pulling off a defensive gem and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending Pittsburgh over Chicago.

Chavis’ solo homer made it 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.

In the 10th, Chavis charged a slow grounder by Jason Heyward toward first base and threw out Patrick Wisdom at the plate.

In the bottom half, Chavis blooped a single to right off Scott Effross (1-3) and automatic runner Ke’Bryan Hayes scored in a collision with catcher Wilson Contreras.

Chris Stratton (4-3) pitched the 10th.

Marlins 3, Rockies 2

Avisaíl García drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder’s-choice grounder in the eighth inning, and Miami completed a three-game sweep of Colorado.

Four relievers combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins, including Steven Okert (5-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his second win of the series.

Garcia beat the relay throw on a grounder to shortstop against Alex Colomé (2-2), scoring pinch-runner Luke Williams.

Tanner Scott struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.

Phillies 6, Padres 2

Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer, J.T. Realmuto added a three-run shot and Philadelphia handed San Diego starter Joe Musgrove his first loss of the season to snap a three-game losing streak.

Musgrove (8-1) saw his ERA rise from 1.59, which had been second-lowest in the majors, to 2.12. The right-hander was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier in the day. He had been placed on the list last Friday, a day after throwing seven strong innings in a victory at the Chicago Cubs.

Musgrove cruised through four hitless innings before an RBI single by Odúbel Herrera tied it at 1.

Ranger Suárez (6-4) pitched into the eighth for the first time this season. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Eric Hosmer homered for the Padres.

American League

Mariners 2, Athletics 1

Frankie Montas took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, but reliever A.J. Puk threw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches with two outs in the ninth that gave Seattle a win over Oakland.

The Mariners loaded the bases with three walks and rallied on Puk’s wayward tosses to complete a three-game sweep.

Montas didn’t allow a hit until Adam Frazier lined a clean single to left field with two outs in the eighth. Montas gave up another hit and was pulled after the inning.

Montas struck out eight in a season-high eight innings and exited with a 1-0 lead — he has received either one or zero runs of support in 11 of his 15 starts.

Zach Jackson (1-2) entered for the ninth and walked two before Puk entered with two outs and two on.

Reliever Diego Castillo (4-1) got the win. Paul Sewald retired the A’s in order in the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save.

Twins 1, Guardians 0

Nick Gordon hit a third-inning home run that stood up for starter Devin Smeltzer, and Minnesota cooled off Cleveland to dodge a sweep.

Gordon drove a 1-2 curveball from Zach Plesac (3-4) into the grass berm beyond the wall in center.

Smeltzer (4-1) cruised through six innings, allowing only two singles and one double while striking out three.

The Guardians stranded runners against Minnesota’s struggling bullpen in each of the last three innings. Caleb Thielbar recorded his first save by striking out pinch-hitter Steven Kwan to end the game.

Cleveland lost for just the fifth time in its last 22 games.

Orioles 4, White Sox 0

Touted rookie Adley Rutschman homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Baltimore past banged-up Chicago.

Ryan Mountcastle had two doubles among his three hits as the Orioles won for the third time in four games. Dean Kremer (2-1) tossed 5 2/3 innings before three relievers finished off a nine-hit shutout.

Jorge Lopez entered with one out in the ninth and two runners on. He struck out Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn for his 12th save.

Johnny Cueto (1-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

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