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San Francisco at Atlanta

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Julio Teheran has been one of the best pitchers in baseball through six starts, though his teammates haven't done quite enough to make it show in his record.

The right-hander will hope for a little more support Saturday night in Atlanta as his Braves try to end a four-game skid and even a series with the San Francisco Giants, who are after their eighth win in nine games.

In his last three starts, Teheran (2-1, 1.47 ERA) has allowed one run in 24 innings and held opponents to a .139 average, but he's been given just three runs of support. Still, the Braves (17-11) have won in each of his last five starts, including Sunday's 1-0 home victory over Cincinnati. The right-hander allowed three hits in eight innings.

"(Teheran) has been dominant," first baseman Freddie Freeman told the team's official website. "He was dominant last year and he has just been continuing to do what he did last year. I think he's one of the best, to me. I get to see it every fifth day. So, it's a pleasure to watch."

Teheran has been nearly as good against the Giants (18-11) in two career starts, winning both with a 2.08 ERA. Giants catcher Buster Posey and first baseman Brandon Belt, though, are both 4 for 6 lifetime against Teheran with Posey hitting a home run.

Teheran's opposition for Saturday, Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 5.40), has been considerably more vacillating, though his last start was a high note. The right-hander pitched seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball in Sunday's 4-1 win over Cleveland, though he left without a victory.

Vogelsong was in desperate need of such an outing after allowing 14 runs in 16 1-3 innings over his first four starts.

"At this point in time it's been back and forth," Vogelsong told the team's official website. "If I can throw two or three more really good ones like today and (a one-run, six-inning effort April 16 against the Los Angeles Dodgers), I'll feel a lot better. I'm not going to get overly excited about one good start after a really bad one."

He's 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four games against Atlanta. Freeman is 4 for 10 with two homers off Vogelsong, though he's 1 for 16 over his last four games.

On Friday, the Giants won 2-1 to open a 10-game road trip after Angel Pagan led off the game for the Giants with a home run for the second straight contest. The center fielder is batting .364 during a six-game hitting streak.

Left fielder Michael Morse also homered on a 2-for-4 night to continue at a .500 clip in his last four.

Generating offense continues to be a problem for the Braves, who have scored nine runs in five games and are batting .129 with runners in scoring position in that time.

"When you're not scoring runs, this is the kind of game you're going to get," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Now we need to split a gap with people on base and put a big number up."

They have, however, found a silver lining.

"We're 17-11, and I don't think we've hit like we can hit all year," catcher Gerald Laird said.

Right fielder Jason Heyward went 3 for 5 and has boosted his average to .223 with eight hits on a five-game streak.

Center fielder B.J. Upton has hit in six straight, his longest streak since joining the Braves before last season, though he's hitting .214.

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Atlanta3rd NL East3641.46874-6 L 1
 
 

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