Giants lose 5-4 as Braves walk off against Wilson


Giants lose 5-4 as Braves walk off against Wilson

ATLANTA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman knew Brian Wilson had to throw a strike. He correctly guessed it'd come with heat.Freeman capped a three-run rally against Wilson, San Francisco's star closer, in the ninth with a two-run, bases-loaded single to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Giants on Monday night."I knew I was going to get a pitch to hit," Freeman said."He's got to throw a strike or walk in the tying run. ... I got a pitch to hit and got it up the middle."Wilson (6-4) couldn't hold a 4-2 lead. He gave up three hits and two walks in the ninth for his fifth blown save in 40 chances.The Braves rallied in the Giants' first return to Atlanta since beating Atlanta in the 2010 NL division series.The Braves, a distant second in the NL East, stretched their lead to five games over San Francisco in the NL wild-card race. The Giants began the night two games behind first-place Arizona in the NL West.RELATED: Giants' Sandoval exits game early with foot injury
"We're right in the thick of things," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "This is August. We've got time to make this up."The bearded Wilson was greeted with loud boos as he jogged to the mound.Speedy Jose Constanza led off the inning with an infield hit before Wilson walked pinch-hitter Eric Hinske, who was replaced by pinch-runner Julio Lugo.Michael Bourn's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before Martin Prado delivered a run-scoring single to left, trimming the Giants' lead to 4-3 and moving Lugo to third.Wilson walked Brian McCann on four pitches to load the bases before striking out Dan Uggla to bring Freeman to the plate.Freeman worked the count full and then waited on a fastball.Freeman said he expected Wilson to throw "either a two-seamer or a cutter." He said he got the two-seamer.The rookie first baseman lined the 3-2 pitch over the middle to drive in Lugo and Prado. Braves players stormed out of their dugout to celebrate around Freeman near second base."I'm not worried about what a hitter can do," Wilson said. "I pitch to my strengths. They hit them where we weren't."I lost the game. I blew it."Wilson was not available on Sunday at Florida due to a sore back. He said his back was not an issue against the Braves.After the game, Freeman inspected the damage from the celebration. He said a toe that was stepped on by a teammate was numb. An elbow also was sore, or at least that was his best guess."We'll see in about two hours when the adrenalin rubs off," he said with a smile.Nate Schierholtz snapped a 2-2 tie with his homer to right in the sixth. Mike Fontenot, in the game when Pablo Sandoval left with a foot injury in the first inning, added an eighth-inning homer off Tim Hudson.Cristhian Martinez (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth after Tim Hudson gave up four runs, two earned, in eight innings.Uggla had one hit, a fifth-inning double, one day after the end of his 33-game hitting streak, the longest in Atlanta Braves history.McCann hit a first-inning homer for Atlanta and Constanza had a run-scoring single in the second.Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings.The Giants scored two unearned runs without a hit off Hudson in the fourth. Bourn dropped Aubrey Huff's liner in center field for an error. Hudson walked Schierholtz and hit Brandon Belt with a pitch to load the bases. Fly balls by Orlando Cabrera and Eli Whiteside drove in the runs.Sandoval left the game in the first inning after fouling a ball off his right foot. X-rays were negative.Sandoval fell to the ground in the batter's box after the foul ball hit him below his shin guard. He completed the at-bat and reached first base on a fielder's choice.Fontenot replaced Sandoval at third base in the bottom of the first inning.The Braves were without third baseman Chipper Jones, who hurt his left knee while running to first base as a pinch-hitter against the Cubs on Sunday.Jones said he had an MRI on the knee on Monday and was relieved the test did not reveal a significant injury. He said he needed pain medication to sleep on Sunday night.Jones tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Aug. 10, 2010 and had season-ending reconstructive surgery four days later.NOTES: The Giants have lost the first game in eight straight series. ... Braves right-hander Peter Moylan, recovering from surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back, moved closer to a minor league rehabilitation appearance when he threw 30 pitches in batting practice. ... The Giants were without RHP Sergio Romo (sore arm) and OF Carlos Beltran (sprained right wrist). Beltran missed his seventh straight start. Bochy said Beltran is better but is doubtful to play in the series. Bochy said he must make a decision on placing Romo on the disabled list "real soon."

Team USA dominates Puerto Rico to win 2017 World Baseball Classic

Team USA dominates Puerto Rico to win 2017 World Baseball Classic

LOS ANGELES -- Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries.

Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S. territory finished runner-up for the second time, having lost to the Dominican Republic in the 2013 final.

Stroman, who was named the tournament's MVP, avenged his shakiness in the Americans' 6-5 loss to Puerto Rico during pool play. The right-hander from the Toronto Blue Jays retired the side on three grounders to open the game. In all, he gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one on 73 pitches.

He allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan's double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh, when Stroman departed to a standing ovation, having staked the Americans to a 7-0 lead.

Stroman walked Carlos Beltran leading off the second, but the defense helped him out. Yadier Molina hit the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who started a double play before Stroman struck out Javier Baez to end the inning.

The U.S. pounded out 13 hits and finished with a 6-2 record while making the final for the first time in front of 51,565 at Dodger Stadium.

Kinsler homered off an 0-1 pitch from Seth Lugo into left-center field in the third, scoring Jonathan Lucroy, who singled leading off.

Lugo of the New York Mets allowed four runs and five hits, struck out seven and walked four in four innings. The right-hander won his first two starts of the tournament, including in the second round against Stroman and the U.S.

In that game, Stroman gave up six consecutive singles in a four-run first inning and took the loss against Puerto Rico last Friday in San Diego.

The Americans made it 4-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen.

Fans wore flags of both countries as capes and decorated their faces in team colors. Puerto Rico boosters pounded cowbells, tooted horns and blew whistles early on before their team fell behind 4-0.

Fans were on their feet chanting "U-S-A" when the Americans loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs. They were rewarded with Crawford's two-run single that chased J.C. Romero, extending the lead to 6-0.

The U.S. tacked on another run on Giancarlo Stanton's RBI single off Hiram Burgos past diving shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Burgos' wild pitch moved runners to second and third before he walked Lucroy to load the bases a second time. Kinsler flied out to end the inning.

The Americans led 8-0 in the eighth on McCutchen's RBI single with two outs.

The U.S. defeated two-time champion Japan, while Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands to reach the final.

The three games at Dodger Stadium drew 109,892.

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks, Antetokounmpo at home

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks, Antetokounmpo at home


SACRAMENTO -- The Milwaukee Bucks are where the Sacramento Kings hope to be in two seasons - young, athletic and on their way to the playoffs. Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center, the visiting team jumped all of the Kings early on their way to a 116-98 win. 

The Greek Freak didn’t let up on his fellow countryman, Georgios Papagiannis. Giannis Antetokounmpo went at the Kings from the opening tip, finishing the night with 32 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.  

Former Kings Jason Terry and Spencer Hawes heard boos every time they touched the ball. Unfortunately for Sacramento, they hit almost every shot they took, combining for 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Greg Monroe added 15 points and five rebounds. Mirza Teletovic finished with 13 points off the bench and Khris Middleton hit 3-for-6 from long range to score 13. 

Rookie Buddy Hield put on a shooting clinic. The 22-year-old shooting guard dropped in 8-of-16 from the field on his way to 21 points and four rebounds

Darren Collison set up his teammates from the opening tip. The veteran point guard dropped in 10 points and a team-high seven assists, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Garrett Temple stepped up his scoring, chipping in 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting and chipped in three rebounds in the loss. 

Willie Cauley-Stein stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks. 

Arron Afflalo started at the small forward position and added 12 on 5-of-9 shooting. Tyreke Evans came off the bench, posting 18 points in 20 minutes of action behind Afflalo.

Skal Labissiere managed to shake off a rough first half to drop in eight points and grab eight rebounds, and fellow rookie Georgios Papagiannis picked up four points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes off Dave Joerger’s bench.  


Antetokounmpo was as advertised and more. The 6-foot-11 forward gave the Kings fits from start to finish on his way to another huge performance.


The Bucks blew up in the first half, scoring 69 points on 61.4 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. This game was over before the teams headed in for the break.


Kosta Koufos and Ty Lawson both missed the game for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is out with a right hamstring thickness tear, but is expected back soon. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles. 


The Kings hit the road again following the game against Milwaukee. They will face the Golden State Warriors on Friday evening at Oracle Arena, followed by a stop in Los Angeles on Sunday to visit the Clippers.