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Posey drives in five; Giants blank Braves

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ATLANTA -- Georgia native Buster Posey finally had a homecoming to remember.

Posey drove in five runs with three hits, Barry Zito combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday night.

Posey, from Leesburg in southwestern Georgia, had been only 1 for 11 at Turner Field before his big night. He said his parents and grandparents were in the crowd.

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"I think I was a little more relaxed, for sure," Posey said, comparing the game to his earlier visits to Atlanta. "I don't get the chance to play before people I grew up with very often."

Posey had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings. His third hit was a three-run double off Luis Avilan after Jair Jurrjens (3-3) departed in the fourth.

"Growing up here in Georgia, I'm sure he had a lot of family and friends here, and he had a good game for them," said manager Bruce Bochy. "I noticed his numbers here haven't been too good."

Bochy made a pregame request for better pitching away from home with his staff's road ERA sitting at 4.85 -- third-worst in the majors. Zito (8-6), who came in with a 5.19 road ERA, answered Bochy's call by allowing only three hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.

Zito improved to 4-0 in five career starts at Turner Field.

"I don't think there's a whole lot to it," Zito said when asked about his success in Atlanta. "It's a fun place to pitch."

The first-place Giants, who have won four straight, began the night two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

The Braves' only hits off Zito were a single by Martin Prado to lead off the fourth, an infield hit by Brian McCann to open the fifth and Freddie Freeman's double with two outs in the seventh. Zito ended the seventh on McCann's groundout to second base.

George Kontos took over for Zito to start the eighth and gave up a one-out double to Paul Janish. Clay Hensley allowed a single to Tyler Pastornicky in the ninth for Atlanta's fifth hit. Hensley hit Freeman with a pitch before ending the game on McCann's flyball to center field.

Jurrjens gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves' seven-game winning streak ended with a thud. Jurrjens had been 3-0 in four starts since his recall from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 22.

"It was a tough one," Jurrjens said, adding he didn't have good command of his pitches. The Braves were not charged with an error but also were hurt by some sloppy fielding, including when Jurrjens missed the bag after taking a throw from Freeman on Angel Pagan's infield hit to start the fourth inning.

"We just didn't get it done like a team," Jurrjens said. "I didn't make pitches, we didn't hit, we didn't field. That's a team loss."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez called it "probably one of the ugliest games we've played in a while."

The Giants sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Zito slapped a run-scoring single under third baseman Chipper Jones' glove. Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera also drove in runs with singles in the big inning.

San Francisco catcher Hector Sanchez left the game in the fourth with a sprained left knee. Sanchez singled and then took off for second base as Zito attempted a bunt. Zito missed the ball and Sanchez appeared to hurt himself when he stopped running. He was limping as he left the field.

Bochy said Sanchez will have an MRI on Wednesday.

"We're hoping for the best," Bochy said. "We're thinking it's a couple days."

Sanchez started with Posey playing first base. Brandon Belt ran for Sanchez and remained in the game at first as Posey moved behind the plate. The Giants say Sanchez is day to day.

Avilan gave up five hits and one run in 3 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • SS Paul Janish, acquired from the Reds on Saturday, made his second successive start. Janish is the fill-in for SS Andrelton Simmons, who is expected to miss at least one month with a broken right little finger.
  • LHP Jonny Venters, on the 15-day DL with a left elbow impingement, said he felt no physical problem after throwing in the bullpen. He is eligible to come off the DL on Friday but first could have one or two rehab games at Triple-A Gwinnett, according to Gonzalez.
  • Cabrera rejoined the Giants following the birth of his daughter, Melianny, on Saturday.
  • Gonzalez said Ben Sheets and Randall Delgado will pitch in Sunday's doubleheader at Washington, which was scheduled following a June 1 rainout. Delgado will be recalled from Gwinnett for the start.
  • Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong on Wednesday night.
 
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Buster Posey follows through on a double in the first inning that opens the scoring.  (AP)
Buster Posey follows through on a double in the first inning that opens the scoring. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
San Francisco

B. Zito
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF-LF3211212 .253
Ryan Theriot, 2B4111112 .274
Melky Cabrera, LF5221022 .353
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
Buster Posey, 1B-C5035011 .302
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5000014 .300
Angel Pagan, CF5120011 .287
Hector Sanchez, C2010000 .281
    Brandon Belt, PR-1B3100011 .246
Brandon Crawford, SS4120111 .237
Barry Zito, P2111001 .103
    Nate Schierholtz, RF0000000 .252
Totals38913949  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (19, Jurrjens), Buster Posey 2 (18, Jurrjens, Avilan)
SH - Barry Zito 2 (6)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (22), Ryan Theriot (20), Melky Cabrera (46), Buster Posey 5 (52), Barry Zito (2)
2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (8), Buster Posey 2 (13)
SB - Gregor Blanco (16, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann), Brandon Belt (6, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Theriot-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito (W,8-6) 7300140 3.75
George Kontos 1100020 2.40
Clay Hensley 1100010 3.55
HBP - Freeman (by Clay Hensley)
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 106-65, George Kontos 21-14, Clay Hensley 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 6-10, George Kontos 1-0, Clay Hensley 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 24, George Kontos 4, Clay Hensley 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4000021 .307
Martin Prado, LF4010000 .317
Jason Heyward, RF4000021 .272
Chipper Jones, 3B3000001 .312
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Pastornicky, 2B1010000 .252
Freddie Freeman, 1B2010100 .276
Brian McCann, C4010003 .240
Dan Uggla, 2B3000012 .221
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
Paul Janish, SS3010001 .167
Jair Jurrjens, P1000010 .083
    Luis Avilan, P1000000 .000
    Juan Francisco, 3B1000011 .215
Totals3105017  
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (20, Zito), Paul Janish (1, Kontos)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (L,3-3) 3.1888310 6.20
Luis Avilan 3.2511050 2.25
Cristhian Martinez 1000120 4.15
Chad Durbin 1000010 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 73-41, Luis Avilan 67-43, Cristhian Martinez 20-12, Chad Durbin 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 3-6, Luis Avilan 3-3, Chad Durbin 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 21, Luis Avilan 16, Cristhian Martinez 4, Chad Durbin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29623
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn