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ATLANTA -- David Ross made the most of a rare start Sunday.
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.
"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.
|Backup catcher David Ross hits his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second. (AP)|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Andres Torres, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.289|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Ray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.252|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.256|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.293|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Eli Whiteside, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.243|
|a- Buster Posey, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.342|
|Jonathan Sanchez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|b- Matt Cain, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.093|
|Todd Wellemeyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Nate Schierholtz, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|d- Aaron Rowand, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.248|
|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|
|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|
|DP - Uribe-Ishikawa|
|E - Eli Whiteside (2, Throwing)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jonathan Sanchez (L,8-7)||4||5||4||4||3||4||2||3.55|
|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|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.339|
|Melky Cabrera, RF-LF||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.259|
|Matt Diaz, LF||3||0||2||0||1||1||2||.245|
|Jason Heyward, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.242|
|Brooks Conrad, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.234|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.242|
|David Ross, C||3||2||1||2||1||1||3||.284|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||1||0||0||1||1||3||.108|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kyle Farnsworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Diory Hernandez, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Farnsworth in the 8th|
|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|
|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))|
|Derek Lowe (W,11-9)||5.1||5||2||2||1||2||0||4.40|
|Peter Moylan (H,18)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.70|
|Jonny Venters (H,17)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.10|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.49|
|Takashi Saito (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||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|
|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|