Peterson helps Perez derail Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Williams Perez completed seven scoreless innings and Jace Peterson finished a home run shy of a cycle as the Braves snapped the Giants' five-game winning streak with Saturday night's 8-0 win at AT&T Park.
"We know we've got it in us," Peterson said. "Sometimes it doesn't look like it, but we know what we can all do. As long as we keep doing our job, we'll be able to string some runs like this together."
Peterson's leadoff double in the fifth helped force an early exit of Giants starter Tim Lincecum, who allowed four earned runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. Andrelton Simmons, Cameron Maybin, Christian Bethancourt and Freddie Freeman each damaged the former Cy Young Award winner with a run-scoring single.
Perez, who was making just his third career start, earned his first win and collected his first hit -- a sixth-inning infield single. The 24-year-old right-hander surrendered four hits and pitched around four walks during his 105-pitch effort.
"It's tough when you've never seen a guy and he has good movement," said Brandon Crawford, who was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. "I think that's why we couldn't get it going."
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Perez's escapes: Like in his previous two starts, Perez used his sinker to escape a couple of potentially damaging situations. He stranded two in the first inning with Crawford's groundout and got Matt Duffy to ground into a double play after surrendering Angel Pagan's leadoff single in the second inning. Then after the Giants put runners on the corners with one out in the sixth, he promptly retired Crawford and Pagan. More >
Leadoff trouble: Some of the roughest points in Lincecum's career have been defined by getting himself in trouble early, whether it's in a particular inning or in an at-bat. Against Atlanta, it was the inning: In three of the five frames in which Lincecum appeared, the leadoff hitter reached base safely and scored each time.
"I could have mixed and matched a little better with my fastball," Lincecum said. "But I kind of got a little 'soft' crazy there and teams have a tendency to sit on my offspeed stuff, so I have to change that up and give them different looks. Today I almost gave them what they wanted -- at least, looking at the swings that they were putting on them." More >
First three-hit night: Peterson capped his career-high three-hit night with a ninth-inning triple, but his first two hits were more valuable. After delivering a one-out single in the third inning, Peterson stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Andrew Susac's throwing error. He scored when Maybin followed with a single to right field. Peterson's fifth-inning double put him in position to score on Freeman's single.
"I sit down in the dugout night after night -- sometimes it feels like months -- and I look at the out-of-town scoreboard and you see everybody else scoring eight and nine runs. You sit there and say, 'Man, we play 2-1 and 1-0 ballgames every single night. So to watch these guys swing the bats tonight and keep the line moving was really nice." -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
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Lincecum had worked 23 consecutive scoreless innings at AT&T Park before allowing Simmons' one-out RBI single in the second inning. The Giants hurler had never surrendered more than seven hits in any of his previous 17 starts (postseason included) against the Braves.
When the Braves acquired Juan Uribe from the Dodgers earlier in the week, they hoped he still had the power potential he displayed when he capped Saturday's scoring with a two-run, ninth-inning homer off Jean Machi. It was Uribe's first homer for Atlanta and just the second he has totaled in 93 at-bats this season.
Braves: Julio Teheran will take the mound when Atlanta and San Francisco conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon. Teheran allowed one earned run or less in three of his first four starts in May. But he surrendered a career-high eight runs during Monday's start against the Dodgers.
Giants: Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants in the series finale against the Braves on Sunday afternoon. He has been every bit the ace for San Francisco this season, especially of late. The Giants have won six of Bumgarner's last seven outings, and he's 6-2 for the year with a 3.00 ERA, 55 strikeouts and just 12 walks.
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