SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton employed a different strategy to achieve a similar result Monday night at AT&T Park, where he delivered six innings to propel the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Brewers, San Francisco's first home shutout of the season.Stratton (2-2) limited the Brewers to four hits
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Stratton employed a different strategy to achieve a similar result Monday night at AT&T Park, where he delivered six innings to propel the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Brewers, San Francisco's first home shutout of the season.
Stratton (2-2) limited the Brewers to four hits while striking out only one batter. In his previous start Aug. 13 at Washington, the right-hander amassed 10 strikeouts while working 6 2/3 shutout innings. Stratton, who allowed only three runners to reach scoring position Monday, extended his streak of scoreless innings to 12 2/3 -- the longest by a Giants rookie since Chris Heston amassed 16 1/3 in July 2015.
Stratton wasn't fazed by confronting another contending team.
"John Cohen, my college coach, always said that you're competing against the game," Stratton said. "If you go out and execute your pitches, it doesn't really matter who you're facing."
Brewers starter Zach Davies (14-7) also lasted six innings and essentially matched Stratton. Davies lapsed only in the fourth inning, when Brandon Crawford doubled home a run on a ball that grazed the chalk while Nick Hundley's groundout scored another.
"It was a tough battle tonight," said Davies. "Those games are going to happen and it's not always going to be perfect. That was my job to try and keep us as close as possible. Hopefully we could have strung a rally together. Unfortunately we didn't."
The outcome dropped the Brewers 2 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the National League Central and 3 1/2 games behind the D-backs for the second NL Wild Card slot. Before Monday, Milwaukee hadn't had four hits or fewer while not scoring in a game since May 25.
"We got into some good counts but didn't produce -- didn't find holes or didn't put good swings on balls," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "There were some balls we hit OK. But [Stratton] struck out one guy, so the ball was put in play. We just didn't get a ball to drop."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Defense vs. trickery: The Brewers unsuccessfully tried to bedevil the Giants on the basepaths in the fourth inning. With two outs and Stephen Vogt on first base, Orlando Arcia singled to right field and took a wide turn around first base. As shortstop Crawford began to run Arcia back to first, Vogt, who had advanced to third, broke for home. First baseman Ryder Jones, who had taken a relay from Crawford, made a perfect throw home to retire Vogt.
"Orlando got too aggressive," Counsell said. "The pitcher is coming up next so I don't know if that cost a big inning. The bad result of it is the pitcher is leading off the next inning. Actually Zach probably hit the hardest ball of the night leading off the next inning. … It was a baserunning mistake."
After the showing in the fourth, the Giants' pitchers held the Brewers hitless. They had one player reach base, on a walk in the ninth.
Not quite art: Arcia remained a central figure in the bottom of the fourth, darting up the middle and executing a 360-degree slide as he snared Hunter Pence's grounder. But second baseman Neil Walker couldn't barehand Arcia's relay. That gave the Giants runners on first and second with nobody out as they proceeded to score twice.
Pence continued his recent resurgence. He was among three Giants -- Jarrett Parker and Pablo Sandoval were the others -- to collect two hits. Pence is on a .407 tear (11-for-27).
Sandoval was hit above the left wrist by a Carlos Torres pitch in the eighth inning and left the game but sustained only a contusion. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval could have remained in the game if necessary.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Brewers successfully challenged the game's apparent final out. Vogt was originally called out at first -- which would have completed a game-ending double play -- but a replay review overturned the call and deemed Vogt safe to give the Crew one more at-bat in the game.
Brewers: Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (9-6, 3.74 ERA) takes the mound for Milwaukee's 9:15 p.m. CT contest against the Giants on Tuesday. Nelson will look to add to his team-leading 15 quality starts.
Giants: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who'll start Tuesday's 7:15 p.m. PT rematch at AT&T Park, needs one strikeout to match his 2016 total of 167. Should Samardzija surpass that figure, it would be the fourth-highest single-season strikeout total of his career.
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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.
Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com who covered the Brewers on Monday.