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Crawford homers twice, Giants hand Braves 6th straight loss

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ATLANTA -- The San Francisco Giants put together quite a mind-boggling statistic in their first three-game sweep at Turner Field.

San Francisco did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position, but still won three straight over the Atlanta Braves. Credit belongs to strong pitching and seven home runs.

Brandon Crawford hit two home runs and Madison Bumgarner helped the Giants beat Atlanta 4-1 Sunday, handing the Braves their sixth straight loss.

The Giants were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and 0-for-7 in the series. Still, the NL West leaders left town with a five-game winning streak.

"That's incredible," manager Bruce Bochy said. "What a job our pitching did here. ... The long ball, that's what won it for us because we couldn't get a hit. They had great pitching as well."

It was San Francisco's first sweep in Atlanta since 1988 -- long before Turner Field opened in 1997 and before Bumgarner was born in 1989.

"That's a big series for us," Bumgarner said.

The Braves' skid is their longest skid since an eight-game slide in May 2012. Atlanta, which leads the NL East, was held to one run in each of the losses to San Francisco.

"We've been struggling," said Dan Uggla, who was 0 for 4 and is hitting .190. "We've got to turn the corner and just turn this thing around. Like, now."

Bumgarner (3-3) allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings, striking out nine.

Improved control allowed Bumgarner earn his first win since April 11. He walked only one batter after issuing a combined eight passes in his last three starts.

"I still felt like I got behind a lot of times when I wanted to get ahead, but it's a big step forward," Bumgarner said.

Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his first save. Closer Sergio Romo was rested after recording saves in two straight games.

Crawford gave the Giants a 2-1 lead with his homer off Alex Wood (2-5) in the fourth. Crawford hit a two-run shot off Jordan Walden in the eighth for his first career multihomer game. He began the day with only one homer this season.

Wood lost his fourth straight start, again receiving almost no run support. The one run scored by Atlanta on Sunday is the only offense Wood has received in that span, which included back-to-back 1-0 losses.

The left-hander has a 3.00 ERA after allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who hinted he may tweak his slumping lineup, said an offensive turnaround is coming.

"Somebody's going to have to pay for it," Gonzalez said. "Sooner or later somebody's going to come in here and we're going to score 10 runs a game for two or three weeks. That's my mindset I've got going on right now."

The Giants' only runs in their first two wins of the series came on five solo homers. They found another way to score in the first when Hunter Pence hit a one-out double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Buster Posey's grounder to first base.

Atlanta's Evan Gattis was called for catcher's interference on Posey's grounder, and the umpires initially ruled Posey was safe at first and Pence had to return to third base. Bochy took advantage of Rule 6.08c, which allows a manager to take the live play instead of the interference ruling.

Jason Heyward hit a sacrifice fly in the Atlanta third. The Giants reclaimed the lead on Crawford's homer to right-center with two outs in the fourth.

NOTES: Bumgarner has allowed only one earned run in winning three straight starts against the Braves, including two wins in 2013. ... Gonzalez said SS Andrelton Simmons was held out for personal reasons and is expected to start on Monday. ... Braves RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow surgery) came off the 15-day DL and will start on Tuesday against St. Louis as RHP Ervin Santana has his scheduled start skipped due to swelling below his right thumb. Gonzalez said he expects Santana to start on Saturday against the Cubs. ... The Giants open a series at Pittsburgh on Monday as RHP Matt Cain starts. ... The Braves' homestand continues on Monday night with RHP Aaron Harang facing Cardinals RHP Shelby Miller.

 
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Brandon Crawford tallies a pair of home runs for the Giants, who send the Braves to their sixth straight loss.  (USATSI)
Brandon Crawford tallies a pair of home runs for the Giants, who send the Braves to their sixth straight loss. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
San Francisco

M. Bumgarner
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5020001 .327
Hunter Pence, RF5120011 .258
Buster Posey, C3021200 .275
Michael Morse, LF3000134 .302
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Arias, 3B1000001 .140
Brandon Belt, 1B5000016 .241
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000022 .170
   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Brandon Hicks, 2B3110110 .214
Brandon Crawford, SS4223012 .264
Madison Bumgarner, P3010012 .364
   Juan Perez, LF1000000 .063
Totals364104410  
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (7, Wood)
HR - Brandon Crawford 2 (3, Wood)
RBI - Buster Posey (15), Brandon Crawford 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Crawford (6)
SB - Angel Pagan (5, 2nd base off Wood/Gattis)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Madison Bumgarner (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,3-3) 6310190 3.18
Juan Gutierrez (H,3) 1100010 2.70
Javier Lopez (H,5) 0.2000100 1.35
Jean Machi (H,4) 0.1000010 0.60
Santiago Casilla (S,1) 1000000 1.02
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 95-61, Juan Gutierrez 11-9, Javier Lopez 18-9, Jean Machi 5-3, Santiago Casilla 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 2-8, Javier Lopez 1-1, Santiago Casilla 3-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 23, Juan Gutierrez 4, Javier Lopez 3, Jean Machi 1, Santiago Casilla 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF3001012 .220
B.J. Upton, CF2000211 .213
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000012 .293
Justin Upton, LF4000032 .299
Evan Gattis, C4000021 .256
Chris Johnson, 3B4020010 .245
Dan Uggla, 2B4000012 .190
Ramiro Pena, SS3110012 .214
Alex Wood, P0000000 .000
   a-Tyler Pastornicky, PH1010000 .222
   David Hale, P0000000 .000
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Doumit, PH1000001 .188
   Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
Totals30141211  
a-singled for Wood in the 5th
b-popped out for Avilan in the 7th
Batting
SF - Jason Heyward (1)
SH - Alex Wood (2)
RBI - Jason Heyward (8)
SB - B.J. Upton (7, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pena-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Wood (L,2-5) 5722171 3.00
David Hale 1.1100210 1.93
Luis Avilan 0.2000000 6.48
Jordan Walden 1122111 2.92
Anthony Varvaro 1100010 2.79
IBB - Posey by David Hale
WP - Alex Wood (2), Anthony Varvaro (2)
HBP - Sandoval (by Alex Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 104-67, David Hale 25-11, Luis Avilan 1-1, Jordan Walden 23-11, Anthony Varvaro 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 2-6, David Hale 1-2, Luis Avilan 1-0, Jordan Walden 1-1
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 24, David Hale 7, Luis Avilan 1, Jordan Walden 5, Anthony Varvaro 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30067
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Clint Fagan