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Lowe leaves with hamstring issue, Braves top Giants

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ATLANTA -- David Ross made the most of a rare start Sunday.

Ross hit a two-run homer and Derek Lowe pitched into the sixth inning before leaving with an injury, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

The Braves have All-Star catcher Brian McCann, so Ross doesn't play much. But he is hitting .284 with 20 RBI in 37 games, 24 starts, this season. He also walked and scored Atlanta's final run on Melky Cabrera's single in the eighth.

"I finally ran into one," Ross said of his first homer of the season, a drive to left during Atlanta's three-run second. "Guys were giving me a [hard time] so I got that off my chest, finally. I thought I was getting too old, that I didn't have any pop anymore."

Lowe (11-9) was bothered by cramping in his hamstring. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Lowe said he also had some cramps in his right arm in the fourth inning but he would not miss his next start.

"The whole right leg was cramping," he said.

Four relievers combined to finish up, with Takashi Saito tossing a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

Omar Infante hit a solo homer for Atlanta, which won three of four in the series and has won four of five overall. The NL East-leading Braves also improved their major-league-best home record to 39-15 and maintained a two-game lead over Philadelphia, which beat the New York Mets 6-5.

Jonathan Sanchez (8-7) pitched four innings for the Giants, yielding four runs and five hits. The left-hander was coming off a strong performance against Colorado, when he threw six effective innings in a 10-0 victory.

The full-count pitch to Ross "was a sinker away," Sanchez said. "He killed it. That's baseball. You can't expect to win all the games."

Infante made it 4-1 with a drive to left in the fourth for his third homer.

Alex Gonzalez also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Melky Cabrera had an RBI single for Atlanta, which finished with 12 hits. Cabrera went 3 for 5.

Juan Uribe hit an RBI double in the second and Travis Ishikawa added his third homer in the seventh for San Francisco.

"We've had rough stretches before and have battled back and found ways to win games," Ishikawa said.

Atlanta has dropped just one series this year, April 20-22 against Philadelphia, at Turner Field.

Notes

  • In his only other start this season against San Francisco, Lowe gave up one run in six innings in a 7-2 win on April 10.
  • Infante extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
 
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Backup catcher David Ross hits his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second.  (AP)
Backup catcher David Ross hits his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

T. Ishikawa
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF3110101 .289
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010000 .263
Aubrey Huff, RF4000012 .304
Pat Burrell, LF4110021 .252
Juan Uribe, SS4011011 .256
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4121001 .293
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010011 .258
Eli Whiteside, C2000001 .243
   a- Buster Posey, PH1000011 .342
Jonathan Sanchez, P1000000 .189
   b- Matt Cain, PH1000010 .093
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .100
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   c- Nate Schierholtz, PH0000000 .241
   d- Aaron Rowand, PH-CF1010000 .248
Totals3338217  
a-struck out for Whiteside in the 9th
b-struck out for Sanchez in the 5th
c-announced for Casilla in the 7th
d-singled for Schierholtz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (35, Lowe), Juan Uribe (20, Lowe), Travis Ishikawa (10, Saito)
HR - Travis Ishikawa (3, Moylan)
RBI - Juan Uribe (63), Travis Ishikawa (20)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Ishikawa
E - Eli Whiteside (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez (L,8-7) 4544342 3.55
Todd Wellemeyer0411000 5.68
Santiago Casilla 2100000 2.57
Ramon Ramirez 1100020 4.23
Chris Ray 1111100 3.25
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 89-50, Todd Wellemeyer 17-12, Santiago Casilla 21-14, Ramon Ramirez 15-9, Chris Ray 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 2-6, Santiago Casilla 2-3, Chris Ray 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 20, Todd Wellemeyer 4, Santiago Casilla 6, Ramon Ramirez 4, Chris Ray 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4111101 .339
Melky Cabrera, RF-LF5031000 .271
Alex Gonzalez, SS4121002 .259
Matt Diaz, LF3020112 .245
    Jason Heyward, RF0000000 .261
Troy Glaus, 1B4010013 .242
Brooks Conrad, 3B4121011 .234
Rick Ankiel, CF4000015 .242
David Ross, C3212113 .284
Derek Lowe, P2100113 .108
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
   a- Diory Hernandez, PH0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals33612646  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Farnsworth in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brooks Conrad (8, Sanchez)
HR - Omar Infante (3, Sanchez), David Ross (1, Sanchez)
SF - Alex Gonzalez (3)
SH - Diory Hernandez (1)
RBI - Omar Infante (28), Melky Cabrera (30), Alex Gonzalez (57), Brooks Conrad (21), David Ross 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (10), Melky Cabrera (13)
SB - Melky Cabrera (6, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Matt Diaz (3, 3rd base off Ramirez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Infante-A. Gonzalez, A. Gonzalez-Infante-Glaus, A. Gonzalez-Infante-Glaus
E - Troy Glaus (8, Misplayed grounder(Sandoval reached on E3, Infante scored on E4)), Omar Infante (10, Throwing(Sandoval reached on E3, Infante scored on E4))
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (W,11-9) 5.1522120 4.40
Peter Moylan (H,18) 1111001 2.70
Jonny Venters (H,17) 1.1100010 1.10
Kyle Farnsworth (H,8) 0.1000010 2.49
Takashi Saito (S,1) 1100030 3.14
HBP - Whiteside (by Peter Moylan)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 68-44, Peter Moylan 12-6, Jonny Venters 21-12, Kyle Farnsworth 5-3, Takashi Saito 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-3, Peter Moylan 1-2, Jonny Venters 2-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 21, Peter Moylan 5, Jonny Venters 4, Kyle Farnsworth 1, Takashi Saito 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33865
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth