The SF Giants lost to the Braves for the second time in 3 games, wasting a brilliant effort from Rodon.

ATLANTA – Carlos Rodon deserved to win. His bullpen let him down. And the Giants lost on the road for the second time in three games against the defending World Series champions.

When Rawdon left that game—an eventual 4-3 loss that dropped the Giants to .500 in the first six games of that trip—the Braves managed just once in three hits. He passed a 2-1 lead into his bullpen that would rise to 3-1 by the time Jake McGee came into play to save an opportunity in the ninth.

McGee conceded a home run to Dansby Swanson to start the last frame – all Mike Yastrzemski could do was jump and watch the ball fly over the wall in center field – and Tyler Rodgers conceded the game-winning hit to Adam Duvall, allowing William Contreras to race home. lowering the giants to 38-30.

Marcella Ozuna’s tag from first base on a run to center field also proved important, as he scored a tying run from second base, hitting third-base-passed Evan Longoria off catcher William Contreras.

The Giants held onto such a shaky lead in the first place because Atlanta starter Charlie Morton proved to be Rawdon’s equal opponent: he also struck out 10 and allowed only three hits in seven innings.

Morton’s only Giants runs came on a couple of solo home runs.

After an RBI double in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s win broke a 1-for-20 slump, Yastrzemski tore Morton’s sixth pitch of Wednesday’s game over the right field wall to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. the ninth looked like it would be a knockout with a homer on the left in the fourth.

Tommy La Stella’s RBI single in ninth place was to ensure that Rawdon’s brilliance wasn’t wasted. Alas.

In both losses in this series, the Giants received seven innings from one run from their starters.

By now, Giants fans have likely learned a thing or two about Rodon almost half a season after he became the club’s top free agent. Chief among them: when it’s locked up, like Wednesday night, few pitchers are more capable of making their opponents look stupid.

And against the reigning World Series champions, Rodon probably had Giants fans laughing right up to his exit after the seventh inning. He was only on 91 pitches.

For the first time all night, the Braves hit in the seventh inning. After doubling up in their first and ultimately only run, Matt Olson submitted a tie at third base. Rodon reached back and made his fastest shot of the night – a full mph – at 98.6 past Adam Duvall in his 10th out, leaving Olson 90 feet away.

This is another fun fact about the pitcher who is quickly becoming the second ace in San Francisco: he feeds on the moment.

So this bodes well for a potential play-off series between the two clubs, which looks very tempting after the first three games of the series. Two games were decided by one pass and the other by only two.

You can’t lose sight of Rodon’s superiority over a squad like Atlanta’s. The other day, after Logan Webb threw seven innings in a single run in a narrow loss, he called the Braves’ order the best in the game—except the Dodgers, of course. His Wednesday strikeout victims include Ronald Acuña Jr. (134 wRC+), Dansby Swanson (twice; 130 wRC+) and Orlando Arcia (151 wRC+).

He didn’t let Arsia hit a single with one of the fifths.

Olson’s RBI single in seventh was the first run Rhodon allowed in 21 innings since the final frame of his June 7 start against Colorado. During that time, he dropped his ERA from 3.51 to 2.70 after Wednesday night, the eighth-lowest in the National League.

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