|San Francisco (35-32)||0||0||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||5||11||1|
|Atlanta (40-28) «||0||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||2||6||11||2|
Freddie Freeman didn't have that advantage, so he said he was just looking for anything to hit.
The strategies worked for each of the Braves' hitters in a ninth-inning comeback against the Giants' closer.
Upton drew a bases-loaded walk from Romo to force in the tying run and Freeman followed with a line-drive single off the closer to cap a two-run rally in the ninth that lifted Atlanta to a 6-5 win over San Francisco on Saturday.
"It's just nice to be able to come back," Freeman said. "We battled and to come back and get a win makes it nice."
Romo (3-3) walked pinch-hitter Evan Gattis, who was replaced by pinch-runner Reed Johnson, with one out. Andrelton Simmons followed with a grounder that skipped past third baseman Joaquin Arias for an error, putting runners on first and second.
Justin Upton, who came to Atlanta in an offseason trade from Arizona, where the Giants were a division rival, took a close 3-2 pitch for a ball to force in the tying run. The pitch, which had Upton backing away, was close to the inside part of the plate. Romo took a few steps toward the plate to express his disagreement.
"It was a close pitch but I obviously think it's a ball," Upton said. "Pitchers want that pitch. It went my way."
Added Upton: "I've seen him a few times so I know what to look for."
Asked about the 3-2 pitch, Romo said "It really doesn't matter what I think. The outcome of the game is already settled."
Romo said he didn't let the walk affect his concentration against Freeman.
"I was fine," he said. "I had to focus. We were still in the game. Although they tied the game we still had an opportunity to keep playing. You got to dig down deep right there and stay focused."
Romo threw Freeman two sliders -- one ball and one strike -- before trying to sneak a fastball past the big first baseman. The left-handed hitting Freeman turned on the pitch, lining the game-winning single to right field.
"I just put my foot down and swung when I saw the ball," Freeman said. "I don't look for anything. I just put my foot down and swing and hope for the best."
Romo took his third blown save in 19 opportunities.
Gaudin gave up four runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
Pence had a run-scoring single in the Giants' three-run third inning and a sacrifice fly in a two-run fifth. The Giants had won three straight.
Braves starter Mike Minor gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk in six innings.
B.J. Upton's long second-inning homer landed about halfway up the lower section of the left-field seats.
Upton's two-run homer to center field in the sixth drove in Brian McCann, who doubled. The homer cut San Francisco's lead to 5-4 and knocked Gaudin out of the game.
Simmons committed two errors after beginning the day with only four miscues for the season. Simmons' fielding error on Tony Abreu's grounder led to an unearned run in the fifth. Buster Posey followed with a run-scoring double that drove in Torres. Abreu scored on Pence's fly ball to right field.
Simmons made a wild throw after fielding an infield single by
The Giants took the lead in the third inning with three runs on four hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles by Torres and Abreu, who had three hits. Pence added a run-scoring single.
|Andrelton Simmons jogs home with the winning run as the Braves rally to win in the ninth. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Andres Torres, LF||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.266|
|Tony Abreu, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||1||0||.368|
|Buster Posey, 1B||3||0||1||1||2||0||1||.313|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||3||.298|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.284|
|Juan Perez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.455|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.293|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.154|
|Chad Gaudin, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jean Machi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|2B - Andres Torres (12, Minor), Tony Abreu 2 (4, Minor, Kimbrel), Buster Posey (20, Minor)|
|SF - Hunter Pence (2)|
|SH - Chad Gaudin (1)|
|RBI - Andres Torres (15), Tony Abreu (2), Buster Posey (41), Hunter Pence 2 (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (5), Tony Abreu (1), Hunter Pence (19)|
|CS - Gregor Blanco (3, 2nd base by Kimbrel/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Arias-Abreu-Posey|
|E - Joaquin Arias (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jean Machi (H,4)||1.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.01|
|Javier Lopez (H,3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.62|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,10)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.31|
|Sergio Romo (BS,3; L,3-3)||0.1||2||2||1||2||1||0||2.84|
|WP - Chad Gaudin 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 86-49, Jean Machi 20-10, Javier Lopez 11-6, Jeremy Affeldt 5-3, Sergio Romo 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 2-13, Jean Machi 2-1, Javier Lopez 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Sergio Romo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 24, Jean Machi 6, Javier Lopez 2, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Sergio Romo 6|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||5||1||0||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.217|
|Justin Upton, LF||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.250|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.312|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.255|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||3||2||3||0||0||1||.166|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.188|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||3||0||2||1||0||1||1||.324|
|a- Ramiro Pena, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.280|
|Mike Minor, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.107|
|b- Jordan Schafer, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Anthony Varvaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Evan Gattis, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Reed Johnson, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|a-struck out for Johnson in the 9th|
|b-singled for Minor in the 6th|
|c-walked for Kimbrel in the 9th|
|2B - Brian McCann (2, Gaudin)|
|HR - B.J. Upton 2 (8, Gaudin, Gaudin)|
|RBI - Justin Upton (32), Freddie Freeman (45), B.J. Upton 3 (15), Chris Johnson (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (9)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (5, 2nd base off Gaudin/Quiroz)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Andrelton Simmons 2 (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Craig Kimbrel (W,2-1)||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||1.78|
|IBB - Posey by Mike Minor|
|WP - Mike Minor (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 92-64, Anthony Varvaro 20-14, Luis Avilan 11-9, Craig Kimbrel 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 5-7, Anthony Varvaro 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Minor 27, Anthony Varvaro 4, Luis Avilan 4, Craig Kimbrel 5|
|Attendance - 47178|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling|