ATLANTA -- In his third career start, Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez was in control of the Braves' lineup on Sunday en route to San Francisco's 4-3 win -- the first of his career -- to complete a series sweep at SunTrust Park."It's something I'm never gonna forget, for sure," Suarez
ATLANTA -- In his third career start, Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez was in control of the Braves' lineup on Sunday en route to San Francisco's 4-3 win -- the first of his career -- to complete a series sweep at SunTrust Park.
"It's something I'm never gonna forget, for sure," Suarez said. "I'm just glad we got the win, especially the sweep."
In his 5 1/3 innings of work, Suarez allowed seven hits -- all singles -- and the lone Atlanta run off him was unearned as he struck out six and issued just one walk.
"He knows what he's doing out there, so it's good to see him come up here and get off to a good start," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "As much as that, he's got a lot of confidence. It can be a tough time for a guy coming up and making starts. You try to get settled in, but from the get-go he's been good."
Suarez also induced three double plays, with six total turned in his last two starts.
"It's huge," Suarez said. "Just being able to throw strikes and knowing that my defense is gonna make plays for me, it just takes a whole bunch of pressure off."
For the third straight game, the Braves took a first-inning lead. A Tyler Flowers infield single put the Braves up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, but the Giants manufactured runs in the third and fourth innings on a day that 20-year-old Braves righty Mike Soroka lasted just four innings in his second career start.
The Giants took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on RBI singles by Nick Hundley and Pablo Sandoval. In the fourth inning, Suarez laid down a sacrifice bunt that set the stage for Gregor Blanco's RBI fielder's choice, followed by an Andrew McCutchen sacrifice fly to left.
The Braves scored two runs off Hunter Strickland in the bottom of the ninth on a Kurt Suzuki double and Ender Inciarte's ground ball to first to pull within a run, but Strickland got Ozzie Albies to pop out in foul territory with two outs to get the save.
"It got a little scary, didn't it?" Bochy said. "Yeah, it did. That's what your closer has to do, he has to keep his composure out there and make pitches and you know, you give [the Braves] credit. You know at some point they're coming alive, and they did in the ninth, and they got a big pinch-hit double there with one out. You hope your closer keeps his poise and makes his pitches, and he did."
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After Flowers' RBI single, Johan Camargo came up with two outs and hit a scorcher to third base that Sandoval -- who got the start in place of Evan Longoria -- dove to his right to snag before making a strong throw to first to end the threat. The Giants would go seven straight innings without allowing a run.
Alen Hanson had his third straight two-hit game on Sunday with a single and a double. He went 6-for-14 with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs during the series sweep of the Braves to raise his batting average to .321.
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Hanson also made his mark on the basepaths. He dashed home on a grounder to first and was able to sneak under Flowers' tag to score the Giants' third run.
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"That was a lot of fun. Yeah, I found out later on, but everybody was like, 'Just get ready for the beer shower. I hope you have goggles on.' But I didn't, so I wasn't ready for it." -- Suarez
The Giants start a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, when righty Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 5.27 ERA) will try to overcome his past struggles against the Phillies. He has an 8.18 career ERA against Philadelphia and a 15.43 ERA at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will send righty Zach Eflin (0-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT.
** Aimee Sachs ** is a contributor to MLB.com and is based in Atlanta.