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McLouth sends Braves past Giants in 10 innings

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SAN FRANCISCO -- All those times Brian Wilson and his bushy, black beard strutted around AT&T Park after wins last postseason was enough for the Atlanta Braves.

They made sure there was no encore Sunday.

Nate McLouth hit a two-run single off Wilson with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 for a three-game sweep in a rematch of last season's NL division series.

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"The environment in here is really second to none. So to walk out of here with a sweep, it's something not a lot of teams do," McLouth said. "And we did it."

The Braves beat ace Tim Lincecum, postseason nemesis Madison Bumgarner and Wilson over the three games to highlight a weekend at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark they won't soon forget.

The finale had contributions from all over: Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and a double, then singled in the 10th. Dan Uggla homered and Chipper Jones had a two-run double, single and walked twice on his 39th birthday.

The result was Atlanta's first sweep of any kind in San Francisco since 1998.

"You win three games off the world champs," Jones said, "and confidence is at a different level."

Heyward and Jones started the 10th inning with singles against Wilson (0-1) before Uggla walked to load the bases. Wilson got two quick outs and nearly escaped the jam before McLouth's grounder up the middle provided the go-ahead runs. Brian McCann added an RBI single off Dan Runzler.

Eric O'Flaherty (1-1) pitched two innings for the win and Jonny Venters earned his first save of the season.

Buster Posey had a two-run homer and Aaron Rowand hit a two-run double to help the Giants erase a three-run deficit and take a 6-5 lead in the seventh. But the World Series champions couldn't match their postseason magic from a year ago, when they beat the Braves in four games en route to the title -- including saves by Wilson in Games 3 and 4.

"We know we're not playing Giants baseball right now," said Wilson, who led the majors with 48 saves last season. "We're scuffling a little bit, but we're still right in the thick of things. [Our record] is not horrible considering the kind of games we have lost. We just need to get on a good role and start remembering how to play good baseball."

Atlanta came out hot from the start.

Jones hit a two-run double that zipped past diving third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the first inning to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. Then Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez found his groove and showed no signs of a flu bug that forced him to have intravenous fluids a day earlier. He struck out five and allowed two hits and three walks in five innings.

Braves starter Brandon Beachy retired the first 11 batters with relative ease until Aubrey Huff hit a towering double off the right-field wall and Posey followed with a home run in the fourth.

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt walked two batters in the seventh before Heyward -- the runner-up to Posey for the NL Rookie of the Year last season -- hit his fifth home run to put Atlanta ahead 5-2.

The Giants came back with three consecutive singles off reliever Jairo Asencio. Miguel Tejada walked to drive in a run, Nate Schierholtz had an RBI grounder and Rowand's double put San Francisco ahead.

Uggla led off the eighth with a tying homer against Sergio Romo for his fifth shot of the season. The Braves bullpen held the Giants scoreless from there until their bats broke through against Wilson in extra innings.

"I don't even know how to start," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Let's get out of here because it looks like that club was starting to get hot."

Notes

  • Atlanta's Brandon Hicks made his first major league start in place of shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Gonzalez came in the game in the seventh.
  • Jones has a .435 batting average (20 for 46) with 12 RBI on his birthday.
  • Giants CF Andres Torres (strained left Achilles' tendon) and RHP reliever Santiago Casilla (inflamed pitching elbow) will travel to Arizona on Monday to rehabilitate and perhaps play in some extended spring training games. Manager Bruce Bochy said it was unlikely either would join the team during the upcoming 10-game road trip.
 
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Nate McLouth takes off for first base as he drives home two runs in the 10th inning with a single against the Giants. (AP)
Nate McLouth takes off for first base as he drives home two runs in the 10th inning with a single against the Giants. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF3200210 .255
Jason Heyward, RF5233010 .250
Chipper Jones, 3B3122200 .289
Dan Uggla, 2B3211202 .182
Freddie Freeman, 1B5000017 .250
David Ross, C4000012 .214
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1100003 .292
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Nate McLouth, CF5012010 .247
Brandon Hicks, SS2100100 .000
    Jairo Asencio, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Brian McCann, C2011000 .316
Brandon Beachy, P2000020 .000
   b- Alex Gonzalez, PH-SS3000023 .214
Totals3898979  
a-hit into fielder's choice for O'Flaherty in the 10th
b-struck out for Beachy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (2, Sanchez), Chipper Jones (6, Sanchez)
HR - Jason Heyward (5, Affeldt), Dan Uggla (5, Romo)
RBI - Jason Heyward 3 (11), Chipper Jones 2 (16), Dan Uggla (8), Nate McLouth 2 (6), Brian McCann (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 3 (4), Nate McLouth 2 (5), Brian McCann (9)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 6322071 3.68
Jairo Asencio (BS,1) 0.2444100 6.35
Scott Linebrink 0.1000000 5.40
Eric O'Flaherty (W,1-1) 2100000 0.82
Jonny Venters (S,1) 1100020 0.77
WP - Brandon Beachy (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 99-64, Jairo Asencio 22-15, Scott Linebrink 5-3, Eric O'Flaherty 30-22, Jonny Venters 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 3-8, Jairo Asencio 1-1, Eric O'Flaherty 4-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 21, Jairo Asencio 7, Scott Linebrink 1, Eric O'Flaherty 7, Jonny Venters 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Rowand, CF5012010 .277
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000011 .289
Aubrey Huff, 1B5120010 .225
Buster Posey, C5112011 .280
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4120010 .319
Pat Burrell, LF3120010 .270
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000001 .333
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Cody Ross, RF-LF4110010 .200
Miguel Tejada, SS3101111 .205
Jonathan Sanchez, P1000010 .100
   b- Mike Fontenot, PH1000001 .150
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   c- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF2001000 .226
Totals3969619  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 8th
b-lined out for Sanchez in the 5th
c-grounded out for Affeldt in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (6, Asencio), Aubrey Huff (4, Beachy)
HR - Buster Posey (4, Beachy)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (5), Buster Posey 2 (16), Miguel Tejada (9), Nate Schierholtz (3)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (3), Buster Posey 2 (9)
Team LOB - 4
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 5222350 3.21
Guillermo Mota 1000100 3.00
Jeremy Affeldt 1133211 4.82
Sergio Romo (BS,1)0111001 1.17
Javier Lopez 1000010 1.17
Brian Wilson (L,0-1) 1.2333120 9.82
Dan Runzler 0.1100000 5.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 86-50, Guillermo Mota 18-11, Jeremy Affeldt 28-16, Sergio Romo 5-3, Javier Lopez 13-9, Brian Wilson 34-23, Dan Runzler 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 6-4, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Javier Lopez 2-0, Brian Wilson 1-2, Dan Runzler 1-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 20, Guillermo Mota 4, Jeremy Affeldt 6, Sergio Romo 1, Javier Lopez 3, Brian Wilson 9, Dan Runzler 2
Game Information
Attendance - 42295
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce