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Giants nip Braves in matchup of first-place teams

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Maybe the Giants won't keep up their current home-run pace, but the surge in power isn't a surprise to manager Bruce Bochy.

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse hit home runs, each to lead off an inning, and the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

The NL West-leading Giants have won four straight and eight of nine. The Braves, who lead the NL East, have lost five straight, their longest skid in two years.

The Giants have hit homers in 10 straight games, matching their longest run in almost four years. They trail only Colorado among the NL home-run leaders.

''I don't think we'll hit this many home runs, but I said before the season started this team is going to have more power,'' Bochy said.

The Giants got only four hits. They scored all their runs on homers for the second straight night after hitting two homers in Friday night's 2-1 win.

Posey, from Leesburg, Georgia, hit his first homer at Turner Field.

''That is cool,'' Posey said. ''I watched so many games here -- not so much coming here, but on TV.''

Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) allowed one run on five hits and four walks in six innings. The Giants have won the first two games of the weekend series with their last two starters in the rotation. Tim Lincecum took the win on Friday night.

''It's great for that to happen,'' Bochy said. ''... When you score two runs in the first one and three in the second and win both games, it's not easy to do and it's a credit to the pitching.''

Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up just four hits with no walks in seven innings, but allowed a season-high three runs. The three homers allowed set a career high.

Teheran said the homers were his only three mistakes.

''They were the pitches that I wanted to throw and where I wanted to throw them but I have to take my hat off to them,'' Teheran said. ''... All my pitches were working really good. I made three mistakes and it cost me three runs.''

Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Jeremy Affeldt and Jean Machi also pitched scoreless innings in relief.

Belt did not start in Friday night's game and was in a 1-for-21 slump with 12 strikeouts before he led off the second inning with his eighth homer.

''That was a great swing,'' Bochy said. ''I think he's real close to being where he needs to be.''

The Braves' only run came in the third. Jason Heyward walked, stole second and scored on B.J. Upton's double to the left-field wall.

Posey homered in the fourth for a 2-1 lead. His seventh homer landed in the first row behind the left-field wall.

Morse led off the seventh with a towering drive into the seats in left-center. He has five homers in his last 10 games, including back-to-back games against the Braves.

The Braves' hitting woes continued as they stranded seven baserunners. They were held to one run by Giants pitching for the second straight game and have scored no more than one run in 11 of 29 games this season.

''Same story as last night,'' said Chris Johnson, who was 0-for-4. ''We left a lot of guys on base, myself included. You can't win a ball game when you leave that many guys on base.''

Each team wore Negro Leagues throwback uniforms for the Heritage Game -- the Atlanta Black Crackers and the 1946 San Francisco Sea Lions. Each ensemble featured high socks.

Notes

The last time the Giants hit homers in 10 straight games was from Sept. 23-Oct. 3, 2010. ... Of Belt's eight homers, seven have come on the road. ... Atlanta's last five-game losing streak was May 21-28, 2012. ... Lincecum wore fake glasses and had a towel tucked under his shirt when he delivered the lineup card. ''I hope he wasn't impersonating me,'' Bochy said before taking a glance at his stomach. ''I don't think it's that big.'' ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expects to announce a roster move on Sunday to clear a spot for RHP Gavin Floyd, who has completed his rehab from 2013 elbow surgery while with the White Sox. Floyd's role has not been revealed. ... The series concludes Sunday when Atlanta's Alex Wood faces San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner in a matchup of left-handers.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

R. Vogelsong
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 4
K 6
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4000001 .324
Hunter Pence, RF4000031 .252
Buster Posey, C4121000 .263
Michael Morse, LF3111001 .312
   Joaquin Arias, 3B1000000 .143
Brandon Belt, 1B4111010 .252
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000010 .175
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3000010 .253
Brandon Hicks, 2B3000010 .209
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000010 .091
   Gregor Blanco, LF0000100 .125
Totals3134318  
Batting
HR - Buster Posey (7, Teheran), Michael Morse (8, Teheran), Brandon Belt (8, Teheran)
RBI - Buster Posey (14), Michael Morse (22), Brandon Belt (14)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Hicks-Belt, Sandoval-Hicks-Belt-Posey-Hicks, Sandoval-Hicks-Belt-Posey-Hicks-Crawford-Hicks-Belt
E - Brandon Crawford (2, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,1-1) 6511460 4.60
Jeremy Affeldt (H,4) 1000100 0.00
Jean Machi (H,3) 1000000 0.61
Sergio Romo (S,9) 1000010 2.03
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 107-64, Jeremy Affeldt 21-11, Jean Machi 4-4, Sergio Romo 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 5-6, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Jean Machi 2-0, Sergio Romo 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Jean Machi 2, Sergio Romo 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF3110100 .226
B.J. Upton, CF3011100 .217
Freddie Freeman, 1B3010102 .304
Justin Upton, LF4010025 .311
Evan Gattis, C4000022 .268
Chris Johnson, 3B4000021 .235
Dan Uggla, 2B3010100 .198
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000111 .270
Julio Teheran, P2000003 .125
   a-Tyler Pastornicky, PH1000000 .125
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   David Hale, P0000000 .000
Totals3015157  
a-grounded out for Teheran in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (6, Vogelsong), B.J. Upton (4, Vogelsong)
RBI - B.J. Upton (6)
SB - Jason Heyward (5, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey)
CS - Freddie Freeman (1, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (L,2-2) 7433073 1.80
David Carpenter 1000110 2.25
David Hale 1000000 2.03
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 87-64, David Carpenter 17-11, David Hale 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 7-7, David Hale 2-1
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 25, David Carpenter 4, David Hale 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34648
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West