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Giants blank Brewers in series opener

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Associated Press
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO—Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Monday night.

It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

Brandon Crawford hit an RBI double to back Stratton (2-2) in his fourth major league start after he won at Washington his last time out.

Stratton's scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston's 16 1/3 innings from July 1-12, 2015. The Giants earned their first home shutout of the year, the last team in the majors to do so.

The right-handed Stratton, who turns 27 on Tuesday, took a liner off his left glute by Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-7) in the fifth but was fine.

Nick Hundley added an RBI groundout on a night he played in place of Buster Posey, who had a scheduled day off but also was banged up after being drilled in the left side by a pitch from Phillies closer Hector Neris a day earlier.

Davies allowed seven hits and two runs, struck out five and walked two in six innings. He took his first road defeat of the season after a 7-0 start, dropping to just 14-4 away from home for his career.

The Brewers' best chance came in the fourth, when Stephen Vogt hit a one-out single and tried to score on Orlando Arcia's single one out later but was thrown out at the plate.

Sam Dyson finished for his 11th save in 12 chances as the Giants beat the Brewers for the 16th time in 20 games, going 10-1 at home.

San Francisco stranded baserunners on second in each of the first two innings before finally getting to Davies in the fourth. After Jarrett Parker walked, Hunter Pence hit an infield single on which shortstop Arcia stopped the ball with a 360-degree turn and made a perfect flip to Neil Walker. The second baseman tried to barehand the catch rather than use his glove and couldn't keep hold of the ball as Parker advanced.



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