Alex Wood merely wished to seek out rhythm as quickly as additional in his return from a bout with coronavirus, to proceed working within the course of feeling at full vitality come playoff time.

Curt Casali hit a two-run single all through the fourth that held up, Wood made a robust three-inning comeback from COVID-19, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Saturday night time.

Wood struck out 4 and did not stroll a batter or enable a success over three scoreless innings, throwing 37 pitches in his first begin for San Francisco since Aug. 26 as he makes his return from a bout with COVID-19. Zack Littell (4-0) relieved and struck out the side all through the fourth.

“I could have gone back out for the fourth, but they’re looking at the long-timer picture as far as the rest of the season and the postseason and making sure I’m back and good to stay,” Wood talked about. “That was a decision he made. But thankful for three innings, thankful for this team win.”

This was marked an enormous step for Wood, who handled a fever for seven straight days and was in mattress for a full week whereas his accomplice furthermore obtained very sick. He has declined to share his vaccination standing.

Manager Gabe Kapler hopes to extend Wood’s workload his subsequent outing as he continues to regain stamina and vitality.

“It represents a light at the end of the tunnel without having to run several bullpen games,” Kapler talked about.

That dependable bullpen has continued to shine whatever the state of affairs.

Dominic Leone, San Francisco’s sixth reliever who began Wednesday because of the opener in a bullpen recreation, achieved the 2-hour, 40-minute recreation for his second save because of the NL West-leading Giants maintained their two-game lead on the rival Los Angeles Dodgers all through the division race.

Atlanta misplaced its fourth straight and had its NL East lead trimmed to 1 recreation after the Phillies beat the Mets.

“We were basically in a deadlock for four months of the season and playing behind,” pitcher Charlie Morton talked about. “I really don’t think that the challenge is any different in a bad way. If anything, I think we’re still in a good spot. This is going to happen. We’re going to play really good baseball, and we did and we put ourselves in a really good spot. Now we just got to right the ship.”

Morton (13-6) allowed two runs on 4 hits with three strikeouts and three walks over 5 innings, however misplaced for the primary time in his final 9 freeway begins since June 11 at Miami.

Seeking his first win within the course of the Giants since Aug. 20, 2015, with Pittsburgh, the right-hander purchased proper right here into his outing with a 2.48 ERA within the course of the Giants for his lowest total versus any membership he had confronted a minimal of 10 conditions.

Brandon Belt went 0 for 3 and had his 10-game hitting streak snapped a day after connecting for his career-best twenty sixth house run in San Francisco’s 6-5, 11-inning win.

The Giants furthermore didn’t hit a house run for the primary time in 13 video video video games, courting to Sept. 5. They had hit 26 total all by way of that span. It was their longest such streak since doing so in 13 consecutive video video video games from June 25-July 12, 2019.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker anticipated RHP reliever Luke Jackson to return from the paternity pointers and rejoin the workforce late Saturday and be accessible to pitch in Sunday’s sequence finale following the start of his son in Atlanta.

Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski returned to the lineup after lacking three straight begins after being hit by a pitch on the suitable elbow Tuesday within the course of San Diego. … RHP Johnny Cueto (strained pitching elbow) carried out catch for a second straight day and prolonged out to 120 ft after throwing from 90 ft Friday. The plan stays for him to pitch keep batting observe Sept. twenty seventh or twenty eighth, and he might possibly pitch prior to the frequent season ends.

WALL OF FAME

The Giants inducted 92-year-old former proprietor Bob Lurie into their Wall of Fame all by way of a pregame ceremony exterior the ballpark. He was the membership’s second proprietor of the San Francisco interval that started in 1958 and on the helm in the course of the 1989 earthquake-interrupted World Series swept by the cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics.

The left-handed Lurie threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

ROSTER MOVE

The Giants optioned LHP Sammy Long to Triple-A Sacramento and designated C Chadwick Tromp for enterprise.

UP NEXT

LHP Max Fried (11-7, 3.47 ERA) seems to be to strengthen to 3-0 lifetime within the course of San Francisco over 5 profession appearances, pitching reverse Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (12-6, 3.24), who will try to win consecutive begins for the primary time since early July.