Atlanta at San Francisco

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Giants 8, Braves 2

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Ishikawa had a career day when he was supposed to be on the bench.

San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy decided late to go with Ishikawa at first base instead of rookie and recent callup Jesus Guzman, and for no reason in particular.

"I just made the flip," Bochy said.

Ishikawa had a three-run homer among his career-high four hits, Jonathan Sanchez won for the first time in more than a month and the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Monday.

Ishikawa had yet to hit a home run this year, a rare thing for a first baseman. His bosses had brought up Guzman as insurance. Ishikawa very well could have been affected by all that.

"It's good to finally get that off my shoulders," he said of the homer. "My mindset's probably different than most people's because I'm not hitting a lot of home runs. Home runs are an overrated thing. ... I can't control the playing time. I'm still doing the same thing I've been doing all year."

Edgar Renteria hit a two-run double three batters after Emmanuel Burriss broke up a scoreless game with a fifth-inning RBI single. The Giants, who had lost five of six and nine of 11, began a six-game homestand on a positive note following a frustrating 1-5 trip in which all the losses were by one run.

This outing certainly was a boost for Sanchez (2-4), who went 0-3 over a six-start winless stretch since his last victory April 17. But he nearly saw this one get away after running into trouble in the sixth.

Ishikawa's homer in the seventh was his first this season and fourth of his career. He scored on Burriss' single in the fifth off Javier Vazquez (4-4), whose wild pitch allowed Ishikawa to reach third after he stole second.

"Javy was going great. He didn't get hit very hard, really," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Both Ishikawa and Fred Lewis beat throws home from the outfield in the sixth, Lewis making it on a close slide on Juan Uribe's shallow sacrifice fly to center.

Sanchez allowed only one baserunner past first before Kelly Johnson's leadoff triple in the sixth, then loaded the bases with back-to-back walks. Brian McCann singled in Atlanta's first run to chase Sanchez with just the fourth hit by the Braves.

Justin Miller relieved and struck out Jeff Francoeur before Casey Kotchman's bases-loaded walk made it 3-2. Miller then induced Diory Hernandez to ground into a fielder's choice, with the Giants cutting down the runner at home, and struck out Jordan Schafer to end the inning.

"We had them and we didn't deliver," Cox said.

Sanchez hasn't gone longer than 6 2/3 innings this season, and he did that in his other win. He got off to a fast start against the Braves, striking out the side in order in the first on 13 pitches. He finished with six K's and three walks in five-plus innings. Sanchez tired after scoring from first in the fifth.

"That run got me a little bit," he said. "I was pumped up [from the start]. I had everything going on."

The Braves completed a home interleague sweep of the Blue Jays before making the cross-country flight for Monday afternoon's game. Atlanta had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in its last seven.

Vazquez faced one more than the minimum through three, allowing only a strange infield single to Ishikawa. Vazquez appeared to call for the high popup behind the pitcher's mound but collided with charging third baseman Martin Prado and the ball hit the ground.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was held out of the starting lineup again with an injured right big toe he hurt Thursday night. But Cox doesn't expect the reigning NL batting champion to need a stint on the disabled list.

Notes

McCann had his second consecutive three-hit game. ... Ishikawa, hitless in his previous three games, is 9-for-18 with two homers lifetime vs. Atlanta. ... Burriss had been 1 for his last 15 with runners in scoring position. ... Braves SS Yunel Escobar, nursing a right hip flexor, missed his third consecutive start. ... Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval underwent an MRI exam on his injured right elbow that revealed a muscular strain. Sandoval said he felt better. He didn't play Monday and could pinch hit Tuesday or Wednesday and perhaps return to the lineup this weekend after Thursday's off day. "We got some good news with that," Bochy said. ... Vazquez doubled in the third, the 12th of his career.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

T. Ishikawa
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5110011 .250
Martin Prado, 3B3100111 .254
Matt Diaz, LF3010120 .299
Brian McCann, C3031100 .326
    David Ross, C0000000 .263
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000027 .259
Casey Kotchman, 1B3001103 .278
Diory Hernandez, SS4000006 .167
Jordan Schafer, CF4000043 .205
Javier Vazquez, P2010000 .105
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .111
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
   b- Chipper Jones, PH1000000 .319
Totals33262410  
a-grounded out for J. Bennett in the 7th
b-flied out for Carlyle in the 9th
Batting
2B - Javier Vazquez (2, Sanchez)
3B - Kelly Johnson (2, Sanchez)
RBI - Brian McCann (18), Casey Kotchman (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Hernandez-Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Javier Vazquez (L,4-4) 5.2855150 3.80
Jeff Bennett 0.1000000 2.25
Buddy Carlyle 2533101 8.84
IBB - Lewis by Buddy Carlyle
WP - Javier Vazquez 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 107-66, Jeff Bennett 1-1, Buddy Carlyle 45-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-8, Jeff Bennett 1-0, Buddy Carlyle 2-3
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Jeff Bennett 1, Buddy Carlyle 11
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF5010013 .274
Edgar Renteria, SS5022000 .246
Randy Winn, RF4120101 .283
Bengie Molina, C4000004 .261
Fred Lewis, LF3210121 .279
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4343000 .250
Juan Uribe, 3B3011011 .286
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4111002 .257
Jonathan Sanchez, P1100010 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1011000 .241
    Jeremy Affeldt, P00000001.000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Guzman, PH1000000 .100
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals35813825  
a-singled for Miller in the 6th
b-grounded out for Medders in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (10, Carlyle), Edgar Renteria (7, Vazquez), Randy Winn (11, Carlyle)
HR - Travis Ishikawa (1, Carlyle)
SF - Juan Uribe (1)
SH - Jonathan Sanchez (1)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (20), Travis Ishikawa 3 (15), Juan Uribe (6), Emmanuel Burriss (9), Nate Schierholtz (3)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (14), Travis Ishikawa 3 (10), Nate Schierholtz (2)
SB - Randy Winn (8, 2nd base off Vazquez/McCann), Travis Ishikawa (1, 2nd base off Vazquez/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (W,2-4) 5422360 4.60
Justin Miller (H,1) 1000120 2.14
Jeremy Affeldt (H,8) 1200000 2.11
Brandon Medders 1000010 3.10
Brian Wilson 1000010 4.64
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 90-58, Justin Miller 17-10, Jeremy Affeldt 21-14, Brandon Medders 16-9, Brian Wilson 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 3-6, Justin Miller 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0, Brandon Medders 2-0, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 22, Justin Miller 4, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Brandon Medders 3, Brian Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40034
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Dale Scott