Giants 9, Braves 0

Georgia native Buster Posey finally had a homecoming to

remember.

Posey drove in five runs with three hits, Barry Zito combined

with two relievers on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants

beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday night.

Posey, from Leesburg in southwestern Georgia, had been only 1

for 11 at Turner Field before his big night. He said his parents

and grandparents were in the crowd.

”I think I was a little more relaxed, for sure,” Posey said,

comparing the game to his earlier visits to Atlanta. ”I don’t get

the chance to play before people I grew up with very often.”

Posey had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings.

His third hit was a three-run double off Luis Avilan after Jair

Jurrjens (3-3) departed in the fourth.

”Growing up here in Georgia, I’m sure he had a lot of family

and friends here, and he had a good game for them,” said manager

Bruce Bochy. ”I noticed his numbers here haven’t been too

good.”

Bochy made a pregame request for better pitching away from home

with his staff’s road ERA sitting at 4.85 – third-worst in the

majors. Zito (8-6), who came in with a 5.19 road ERA, answered

Bochy’s call by allowing only three hits and one walk with four

strikeouts in seven innings.

Zito improved to 4-0 in five career starts at Turner Field.

”I don’t think there’s a whole lot to it,” Zito said when

asked about his success in Atlanta. ”It’s a fun place to

pitch.”

The first-place Giants, who have won four straight, began the

night two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL

West.

The Braves’ only hits off Zito were a single by Martin Prado to

lead off the fourth, an infield hit by Brian McCann to open the

fifth and Freddie Freeman’s double with two outs in the seventh.

Zito ended the seventh on McCann’s groundout to second base.

George Kontos took over for Zito to start the eighth and gave up

a one-out double to Paul Janish. Clay Hensley allowed a single to

Tyler Pastornicky in the ninth for Atlanta’s fifth hit. Hensley hit

Freeman with a pitch before ending the game on McCann’s flyball to

centerfield.

Jurrjens gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in 3

1-3 innings as the Braves’ seven-game winning streak ended with a

thud. Jurrjens had been 3-0 in four starts since his recall from

Triple-A Gwinnett on June 22.

”It was a tough one,” Jurrjens said, adding he didn’t have

good command of his pitches. The Braves were not charged with an

error but also were hurt by some sloppy fielding, including when

Jurrjens missed the bag after taking a throw from Freeman on Angel

Pagan’s infield hit to start the fourth inning.

”We just didn’t get it done like a team,” Jurrjens said. ”I

didn’t make pitches, we didn’t hit, we didn’t field. That’s a team

loss.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called it ”probably one of the

ugliest games we’ve played in a while.”

The Giants sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Zito

slapped a run-scoring single under third baseman Chipper Jones’

glove. Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera also drove in runs with

singles in the big inning.

San Francisco catcher Hector Sanchez left the game in the fourth

with a sprained left knee. Sanchez singled and then took off for

second base as Zito attempted a bunt. Zito missed the ball and

Sanchez appeared to hurt himself when he stopped running. He was

limping as he left the field.

Bochy said Sanchez will have an MRI on Wednesday.

”We’re hoping for the best,” Bochy said. ”We’re thinking it’s

a couple days.”

Sanchez started with Posey playing first base. Brandon Belt ran

for Sanchez and remained in the game at first as Posey moved behind

the plate. The Giants say Sanchez is day to day.

Avilan gave up five hits and one run in 3 2-3 innings.

NOTES: SS Paul Janish, acquired from the Reds on Saturday, made

his second straight start. Janish is the fill-in for SS Andrelton

Simmons, who is expected to miss at least one month with a broken

right little finger. … LHP Jonny Venters, on the 15-day DL with a

left elbow impingement, said he felt no physical problem after

throwing in the bullpen. He is eligible to come off the DL on

Friday but first could have one or two rehab games at Triple-A

Gwinnett, according to Gonzalez. … Cabrera rejoined the Giants

following the birth of his daughter, Melianny, on Saturday. …

Gonzalez said Ben Sheets and Randall Delgado will pitch in Sunday’s

doubleheader at Washington, which was scheduled following a June 1

rainout. Delgado will be recalled from Gwinnett for the start. …

Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong on

Wednesday night.