Braves 7, Giants 1
Tim Hudson suggested Jason Heyward should move to San Francisco.
Then, after a pause: ”But still play for us.”
Hudson pitched seven strong innings for his seventh consecutive
victory and Paul Janish tripled home two runs to help the Atlanta
Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 7-1 on Sunday.
Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco homered for the
Braves, who won their second straight after losing six of seven.
Martin Prado and Brian McCann also drove in runs for the NL
”It’s good to salvage a series going down 0-2 against a team
that’s hot,” McCann said.
Heyward has six home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 career games at
AT&T Park and is hitting .395 (15 for 38) there.
”He has to move out here, work on that home run swing during
the offseason and then come hit in Turner Park,” Hudson said.
Hudson (13-4) gave up five hits and beat the Giants for the
sixth straight time. He walked one and struck out three. The
right-hander has not lost since July 1.
”We were fortunate to get a couple of runs early and I was able
to throw strikes,” Hudson said. ”You don’t exactly see very well
from a hitter’s point of view and you have to pound the zone.”
Tim Lincecum (7-14) lasted five innings, allowing three runs and
seven hits. He walked two and struck out four.
”I was fighting myself a lot in that first inning to find a
rhythm,” Lincecum said. ”My rhythm was just off in the first
inning. I kind of got it back the next four innings but that was
it. I was just getting behind batters 2-0 on pretty much everybody
and wasn’t really attacking the zone.”
Brandon Crawford drove in the only run for the Giants, who
dropped their second straight since winning five in a row. Hunter
Pence had three hits and Buster Posey two.
Lincecum allowed two runs in the first inning and one in the
fourth, his two worst innings of the season. He’s given up 25 runs
in the first and 24 in the fourth. Both of his walks came within
the first four batters of the game.
Prado had an RBI groundout and McCann added a run-scoring single
for one of his three hits.
Francisco’s home run put Atlanta up 3-0 in the fourth and
Janish’s first triple of the year – the second of his career – made
it 5-0 in the sixth.
”That was huge,” Hudson said. ”You feel comfortable with
where the game is at that point.”
Hudson also singled in his first two at-bats, the second on a
pop fly that was lost in the sun.
”That’s smart hitting,” Hudson said. ”You hit it where the
sun is. I’ve done that before.”
The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, scoring
on Crawford’s sacrifice fly.
”It could have been a different game if I don’t make pitches,”
Heyward and Freeman homered on successive pitches from Clay
Hensley in the ninth. Heyward, who has connected in three straight
games, has been involved in all three back-to-back home runs for
the Braves this season.
NOTES: Braves 3B Chipper Jones received a standing ovation in
what might have been his final at-bat at AT&T Park. He grounded
out to shortstop. ”Chipper is one of those guys around the majors
that people respect,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ”It’s
nice to have San Francisco fans recognize an opponent.” … Prado
started at 2B, his fourth position in as many games (also SS, LF,
3B). … The Braves send LHP Paul Maholm (11-8, 3.47 ERA) to the
mound Monday night in San Diego. He ended a four-game losing streak
to the Padres in their previous meeting. … Hudson is 134-3 when
given at least three runs of support. … RHP Matt Cain (13-5,
2.83) goes for the Giants at Houston on Monday. Cain is 2-0 against
the Astros this season, which includes his perfect game. … San
Francisco RHP Eric Hacker was optioned to Triple-A Fresno following
Saturday night’s game. The Giants recalled C Eli Whiteside to take
his place. … Posey has reached base with a hit or walk in 34 of
his 38 games since the All-Star break.