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Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz became just the seventh major-leaguer this season to throw two complete games, limiting the host San Francisco Giants to six hits Tuesday night in the Braves’ 4-1 win at AT&T Park.
Charlie Culberson, who entered the game two innings earlier as a pinch runner, hit a two-run home run in the fifth, helping the Braves (81-64) extend their lead in the National League East to a season-best 6 1/2 games over Philadelphia (74-60). The Phillies were swept in a doubleheader by Washington earlier in the day.
Foltynewicz (11-9) came within one out of becoming the first pitcher to throw two shutouts this season. In the ninth inning, San Francisco’s Evan Longoria stroked a two-out single, took second on defensive indifference, then scored on a single by Brandon Crawford.
The 26-year-old pitcher then wrapped up his 108-pitch complete game by getting Austin Slater to ground out.
Foltynewicz, who shut out Washington on June 1, walked one and struck out seven Tuesday.
Atlanta posted its fourth consecutive win while San Francisco lost its 10th in a row.
The Braves gave Foltynewicz early run support on Ender Inciarte’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly. Nick Markakis singled, went to third on Ozzie Albies’ one-out double and scored on Inciarte’s fly to left.
Culberson’s homer in the fifth, off Giants starter Andrew Suarez (6-11), followed a triple by Ronald Acuna Jr. and made it 3-0.
Culberson, a first-round pick of the Giants in 2007, had entered in place of Johan Camargo, who was experiencing groin tightness.
Inciarte singled and scored on Dansby Swanson’s double in the eighth.
Culberson, Markakis and Inciarte collected two hits apiece for the Braves, who improved to 5-1 on their Western swing through Arizona and San Francisco.
In remaining winless in September, the Giants were held to three runs or fewer for the seventh consecutive game.
Longoria and Crawford had two hits each for San Francisco.
Suarez worked the first six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out three.
—Field Level Media