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Slater leads Giants' late charge with big fly

Seven-game skid snapped as San Francisco rallies for five in eighth inning
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ATLANTA-- Austin Slater's three-run homer provided the elixir to cure the Giants' recent offensive struggles in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves.

Slater's big fly started a five-run eighth inning as the Giants snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Giants put together nine hits and took advantage of some spotty Braves defense to score their first runs in over 16 innings.

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ATLANTA-- Austin Slater's three-run homer provided the elixir to cure the Giants' recent offensive struggles in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves.

Slater's big fly started a five-run eighth inning as the Giants snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Giants put together nine hits and took advantage of some spotty Braves defense to score their first runs in over 16 innings.

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"The kid bailed us out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "For seven innings, it was quiet. Their guy was throwing the ball very well, and we couldn't mount anything against him. We got a couple of breaks with the ground attack, and Slater bailed us out."

Video: SF@ATL: Giants plate five during huge 8th inning

Slater took a two-seam fastball from Braves starter Julio Teheran and sent it over the right-field fence. According to Statcast™, the homer had an exit velocity of 100.8 mph, and it was classified as a barreled ball with a hit probability of 72 percent.

Since a June 2 callup from Triple-A Sacramento, Slater has hit .340 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games. He has also provided strong defense in left field when given opportunities.

"It's been nice to get my feet under me, as they have showed a lot of trust in me so far," Slater said. "I am trying to show them that I can take that [left field] job and run with it."

Bochy has been impressed with Slater's play on the road trip. He is 7-for-21 (.333) with four RBIs.

"This kid has done a nice job since he has come up," Bochy said. "He has played a good left field, and he is a threat up there."

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence also sees Slater's potential to grow into a key contributor, and he was thrilled when Slater got the big hit.

"We are seeing that he has quite the potential to be a huge impact player, and that is a big deal," Pence said.

The Giants needed a win of this caliber to boost their confidence after being outscored 56-26 during their seven-game skid. The team seemed to get a couple of breaks in the eighth inning, as a replay challenge went in their favor and the Braves made three errors.

Video: SF@ATL: Giants challenge out call at second base

The bullpen also stepped up to preserve the lead and dispel a repeat performance from Monday night's seven-run collapse. The Giants sit at 27-46, but they believe that Tuesday's game was a turning point for the rest of the season.

"It's definitely something that we can feed on, as it was something that we had to fight for," Giants pitcher Matt Moore said.

Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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