SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched six strong innings and Brandon Crawford drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday.
Cueto (5-4) bounced back from his roughest stretch as a Giant. The two-time All-Star was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four starts.
The Giants won their third straight home series and posted their 11th victory in 18 games overall.
Crawford’s two-run single highlighted a four-run second against R.A. Dickey (3-4) that made it 6-0.
The Giants scored their first run in the first inning on a passed ball by Kurt Suzuki, who was handling Dickey’s knuckleballs.
Eduardo Nunez and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits for the Giants. Joe Panik tripled to start the second-inning burst.
Matt Kemp had three hits for Atlanta. But the Braves couldn’t get much going against Cueto, who allowed one run on six hits and a walk. Cueto struck out eight, including five in a row at one point.
Dickey allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks.
Giants catcher Buster Posey was 0 for 2 with two walks. He hasn’t struck out in 55 consecutive plate appearances.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner will start his throwing program on Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bumgarner will start out playing catch and make five rehab starts. The 2014 World Series MVP suffered a separated left shoulder in a dirt biking accident. “The progress is happening,” Bochy said. “I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel.” . Slumping rookie INF Christian Arroyo was out of the lineup on Sunday and his playing status appears uncertain. Arroyo, who turns 22 on Tuesday, is 0 for 19 in his last five games. “I’ll talk to him, about what his situation is,” Bochy said. “I’m definitely planning on giving him a couple of days” off.
Giants: LHP Matt Moore will face the Nationals for the second time in his career. He was with Tampa Bay when he gave up two runs in five innings against Washington in 2012.
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