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Atlanta0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 470
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  W: S. Newcomb (12-8)   L: D. Rodríguez (6-3)   S: A. Minter (14)
7:15 PM PT8:15 PM MT9:15 PM CT10:15 PM ET22:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 7:15 PM MST9:15 PM EST9:45 PM VEN6:15 UAE (+1)9:15 PM CT, September 10, 2018
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 35,996

Youthful Braves open series with skidding Giants

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Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants

  1. San Francisco swept Atlanta in a three-game series in May, limiting the Braves to nine runs while scoring 21. The Giants have gone 16-14 (.533) against the NL East this season while the Braves have gone 12-19 (.387) against the NL West.
  2. The Braves enter this series as winners of three of their last four after winning a four-game series in Arizona. The Giants are riding a season-long eight-game losing streak, and are three games shy of Detroit's league-wide season-long streak of 11 consecutive losses.
  3. Nick Markakis is one home run shy of having 15 homers and 40 doubles for the season. Thus far in the 2018 season, only Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Alex Bregman, Eduardo Escobar and Francisco Lindor have pulled this off.
  4. Aramis Garcia has gone 5-for-11 since debuting on August 31, hitting two home runs and striking out six times in 11 plate appearances. That makes eight true outcomes in his first four games; in the live-ball era (since 1920), only 33 players have reached eight true outcomes in fewer games.
  5. Sean Newcomb posted a 2.71 ERA through June, but has pitched to a 5.91 ERA since the beginning of July. At the end of June, Newcomb's K/BB was 2.25; since July 1, that number stands at 1.47.
  6. Dereck Rodriguez has held opponents to a .169 batting average since July 1, the lowest mark in the majors (min. 50 IP). His .245 opponent on-base percentage is the fourth lowest in this span, while his .309 opponent slugging ranks ninth.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/12/2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of baseball's best collections of young hitters goes head-to-head with one of the National League's best young starting pitchers when the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Braves flew into San Francisco on Sunday night on a high, having rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Arizona 9-5 and take three of four in a battle of playoff hopefuls.

The win allowed Atlanta (79-64) to move 4 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia (74-68) in the National League East. Those two still have seven head-to-head meetings remaining.

While the Braves continue a seven-game trip with three in San Francisco, the Phillies will be hosting the Washington Nationals for three games.

Thanks in large part to 20-year-olds Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the Braves will take the field Monday as the second-ranked team in the NL in scoring and batting average.

They will be up against Giants 26-year-old Dereck Rodriguez (6-2, 2.41), who ranks fifth in the NL among all pitchers with 15 or more starts in ERA (2.41) and tied for sixth in winning percentage (6-2, .750).

Like the Giants, who have lost eight in a row, Rodriguez has had a tough time getting wins of late. He has one loss and two no-decisions to show for his last three starts, during which he has given up just six runs and 14 hits in 17 innings against Texas, Arizona and Colorado.

San Francisco's losing streak is its longest since another eight-game skid in April 2015.

Things were different in early May, when the Giants won three straight games at Atlanta. Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria and Alen Hanson contributed home runs to the 9-4, 11-2 and 4-3 victories.

Rodriguez, a rookie, did not pitch in the series and has never faced the Braves.

Left-hander Sean Newcomb (11-8, 3.92) is scheduled to oppose Rodriguez in the series opener. He also did not pitch in the games in Atlanta.

The 25-year-old has struggled of late, getting roughed up for 35 hits and 21 runs in 23 2/3 innings in his last five starts. He's 1-3 in those games and the Braves are 2-3.

Newcomb has faced the Giants just once in his career, posting a no-decision in a 5-3 win last June in which he limited the Giants to one run and three hits for six innings.

He will be seeing a Giants team this time around that suffered the unfortunate distinction of getting swept in Milwaukee despite out-hitting the Brewers in all three games. That hadn't happened to the Giants since a 2009 series against San Diego.

The Braves, meanwhile, have gone 4-0-2 in their last six road series.

They managed to avoid splitting four at Arizona by virtue of their six-run ninth, which featured a go-ahead home run by Ender Inciarte and lead-padding homers by Lucas Duda and Johan Camargo.

The home run by the 24-year-old Camargo was his 18th of the season, and Acuna earlier hit his 25th.

The homers were the 78th and 79th of the season by Braves players 25-and-under. The Giants have 16.

Updated September 9, 2018

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