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Span helps Peavy enjoy stellar birthday

May 31, 2016

ATLANTA -- Jake Peavy celebrated his 35th birthday by completing his most impressive start of the season and setting the stage for Denard Span to deliver a triple that proved decisive for the Giants during Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.Span's sixth-inning RBI triple provided the

ATLANTA -- Jake Peavy celebrated his 35th birthday by completing his most impressive start of the season and setting the stage for Denard Span to deliver a triple that proved decisive for the Giants during Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
Span's sixth-inning RBI triple provided the only run necessary for the Giants, who have won 16 of their past 19 games. Peavy surrendered just one hit as he faced the minimum over seven scoreless innings. The veteran right-hander held the Braves hitless until Tyler Flowers opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a single.
"If he hadn't turned 35 today, I might have left him out there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Seriously, he did a beautiful job."

Aware of Peavy's birthday, Span approached him hours before the game and inquired about his age. "He said he was 35," Span related. "I said, 'That's it?'"
Braves starter Matt Wisler surrendered four hits and three runs over seven-plus innings. The young hurler exited after allowing a Gregor Blanco double that fueled San Francisco's three-run eighth inning.

"I was just looking at the box score and what his line did, and I said, 'He was a lot better than what that showed,'" Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's just a shame we couldn't put a few runs up for him and just give him something to work with."
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Stamina helps: It was easy to foresee Peavy's collapse after he had to hustle around the bases in the sixth, a trip that began when he broke from first base on a steal attempt as Span connected for his triple. In fact, Adonis Garcia led off the Braves' half of the inning with a drive to right field that Hunter Pence caught a couple of steps in front of the wall. But Peavy recovered by striking out Wisler and retiring Mallex Smith on a fly ball.

Peavy threw only 10 pitches in the sixth.
"That was a big inning for him, to get us back in the dugout," Giants catcher Buster Posey said.
They can hit, too: Wisler faced the minimum through the first five innings and retired the first two batters he faced in the sixth before surrendering a two-out single to Peavy, who promptly scored on Span's triple. The Braves right-hander had also surrendered a key two-run single to Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta during Thursday night's loss to Milwaukee.
"I threw the ball exactly where I wanted [to Peavy]," Wisler said. "He just got a broken-bat single. There's nothing you can do about that, and then the two-seam [fastball] to Span didn't get all the way out to where it needed to be and he put a good swing on it and got a triple."
Span's surge: Span is beginning to heat up offensively. He's 10-for-23 (.435) in his last six games, helping the Giants increase their offensive production. He has recorded three multiple-hit games in this stretch. Span's final hit, a single that he chopped over the head of second baseman Kelly Johnson, who was playing in, drove in a run during San Francisco's three-run eighth.
"He had a great night, didn't he?" Bochy said. "That last hit was huge. He hit it in a good spot. He looked like he was seeing the ball well."

Buster's hustle: Smith's attempt to record a bunt single with two outs in the third inning was denied by Posey, who quickly corralled the ball near the third-base line and fired a perfect strike to retire the speedy outfielder. Posey's quick reaction helped limit the Braves to one hit in a home game for just the fifth time since Turner Field opened in 1997.

"If you're performing for everybody on your birthday, that's pretty good. ... You've got to tip your hat to him. He was aggressive and spotting everything up. We hit a couple of balls hard but not that many to even threaten." -- Snitker on Peavy's performance
This marked just the second time in 367 career starts that Peavy allowed one hit or fewer while holding an opponent scoreless over at least seven innings. He also did so while pitching for the Giants against the Brewers on Aug. 30, 2014.
The Braves issued a successful challenge after Joe Panik was initially awarded an infield single in the eighth inning. After a short review showed Johnson's foot made contact with the bag, first-base umpire Paul Nauert's initial call was overturned.

Giants:Albert Suarez will make his first Major League start Wednesday as San Francisco continues its four-game series against Atlanta with a 4:10 p.m. PT encounter. Suarez made the equivalent of a spot-start in his last appearance, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings at Colorado last Friday.
Braves: Atlanta will counter with Williams Perez, who pitched effectively in San Francisco last year and then endured a rough outing against the Giants at Turner Field. Perez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of the four starts he's made since returning from Triple-A Gwinnett. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001.

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