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Giants plate six in 2nd, take opener in Atlanta

San Francisco starts 10-game road trip on high note
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ATLANTA -- After his offense erupted for six runs in the second inning, Giants right-hander Chris Stratton settled in and kept a hot Atlanta lineup at bay as San Francisco cruised to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Friday in front of a sellout crowd at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a home run after a rough start to the season in which he was just 7-for-51 with two extra-base hits in his previous 15 games.

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ATLANTA -- After his offense erupted for six runs in the second inning, Giants right-hander Chris Stratton settled in and kept a hot Atlanta lineup at bay as San Francisco cruised to a 9-4 win over the Braves on Friday in front of a sellout crowd at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a home run after a rough start to the season in which he was just 7-for-51 with two extra-base hits in his previous 15 games.

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"This is a ballpark [where] you're hoping to add on a little bit and we did," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But we just played well all around, good defense, timely hitting."

Video: SF@ATL: Blanco plates 2 with a triple to right

Stratton allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks against the Braves, snapping their five-game win streak.

"You know, [the Braves have] been hot lately, so it was nice to come in and get a huge win for us," Stratton said.

The Giants were down 2-0 after the first inning thanks to a two-run homer by Freddie Freeman, but responded in the top of the second by sending 10 men to the plate against hard-throwing Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz. Three of San Francisco's five hits in the frame were for extra bases.

"Just grinding and hitting the mistakes, and I think we did a great job at doing that tonight," said Gregor Blanco, who drove in the Giants' first two runs with a triple into the right-field corner.

Atlanta cut the Giants' lead to 6-3 on a solo shot by Nick Markakis in the third, but Crawford gave San Francisco insurance runs with a two-run blast to right field in the top of the seventh.

Video: SF@ATL: Crawford drills a 2-run homer to right

Evan Longoria extended the Giants' lead to 9-4 with a solo homer in the top of the ninth, his seventh of the season.

Video: SF@ATL: Longoria launches a solo shot to right

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
During the Giants' second-inning rally, Buster Posey hit into a fielder's choice, which Braves third baseman Jose Bautista fielded and threw home. Alen Hanson was called out at home, but a replay review showed that Hanson's hand touched the plate ahead of Braves catcher Tyler Flowers' tag, and the call was overturned. The next hitter, Brandon Belt, stroked an RBI double down the right-field line.

Video: SF@ATL: Hanson ruled safe at home on Posey's FC

UP NEXT
Lefty Ty Blach (2-3, 4.10 ERA) will face the Braves on Saturday for the second time in his career in his eighth start of the season. Atlanta will counter with veteran righty Brandon McCarthy (4-0, 3.09 ERA). First pitch is slated for 4:10 p.m. PT.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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