Posey, McCutchen help hot-hitting Giants beat Braves 11-2

ATLANTA (AP) Bruce Bochy kept the faith when San Francisco's hitters struggled in the first three weeks of the season.

The Giants suddenly are showing that their manager had good reason to remain confident.

Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen each had three of San Francisco's 18 hits and the hot-hitting Giants rolled over Brandon McCarthy and the Atlanta Braves 11-2 on Saturday night.

Alen Hanson homered and drove in four runs, Gorkys Hernandez had four hits and Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. San Francisco has won three straight and 10 of 13, and has scored at least nine runs in each of its three straight wins.

''We've had our tough go with the offense,'' Bochy said. ''I kept saying we're going to come out of this. It's good to have a lot of guys swing the bat well.''

The Giants scored no more than one run in 10 of their first 18 games. Now, with contributions from such players as Hanson, a replacement for injured second baseman Joe Panik, the Giants are making believers of the Braves.

''The Giants are a team I think that has a chance to go a long way,'' said McCarthy, who gave up eight runs and 12 hits in only 3 1/3 innings. ''That's a really good lineup. ... That's a pretty good group one through nine.''

Braves manager Brian Snitker said it's difficult to pitch to veteran hitters like Posey, McCutchen and Crawford.

''You've got to make pitches on them,'' Snitker said. ''They don't chase a lot.''

Bochy told reporters before the game he had difficulty talking his way into a parking lot. He posted Twitter after the game it was worth the trouble. ''... I'll park wherever they want me to if I get 11 runs,'' he said.

Ty Blach (3-3) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings for San Francisco.

Hanson's second-inning double to center field drove in Brandon Belt and Crawford. Hanson pulled a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run homer in the third.

The Giants scored four runs on six hits off McCarthy (4-1) in the third, including a run-scoring single by Belt. Evan Longoria following with a bloop double in front of diving Nick Markakis for his 1,500th career hit , driving in Posey.

Jose Bautista, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday to become Atlanta's starting third baseman , led off the fourth with a single for his only hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: OF Mac Williamson was eligible to be reinstated from the seven-day concussion DL but that plan was put on hold for at least one day. Williamson, also recovering from a virus, was checked by a doctor after taking batting practice, but no decision was announced regarding a possible roster move on Sunday. ... RHP Reyes Moronta threw eight straight balls to open the ninth before he was removed due to a tight back.

Braves: LHP Max Fried was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after pitching on back-to-back days for the first time in his career. RHP Lucas Sims was recalled and allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings after relieving McCarthy. ... RHP Jose Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation), who has been on the 10-day DL since April 18, started throwing on Friday.

MELANCON IMPRESSES

Giants right-hander Mark Melancon (right elbow strain), who threw 20 pitches in his first bullpen session, appears to be on track to come off the 60-day DL on May 25, when first eligible. ''The way he threw today, I would totally agree,'' Bochy said. ''The way he threw today was really encouraging.''

MARKAKIS STREAKING

Markakis had three hits, including a run-scoring double in the third, to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He improved his NL-leading batting average to .346.

ANOTHER BIG CROWD

Attendance was 38,242 one night after the home debut of Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. drew a SunTrust Park record total of 41,807. Acuna was 0 for 4 for the second straight game.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (0-1, 4.38) is scheduled to make his third career major league start on Sunday. Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento for the second time this season on Tuesday.

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (1-0, 1.50) will make his second start for Atlanta after allowing only one run in six innings in a 3-2 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

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  • W: T. Blach (3-3)L: B. McCarthy (4-1)
  • HR: SF - A. Hanson (2)
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B. Crawford SS52320001.241.276.370.6468.0
A. Hanson 2B-LF51241002.292.320.625.94511.0
G. Hernandez CF51400010.296.309.352.6614.5
T. Blach P30000022.059.059.059.118-1.0
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Hundley PH-C10110000.340.380.617.9972.0
  • a-flied out for Blanco in the 9th
  • b-singled for Gearrin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B41200010.288.327.612.9383.5
R. Acuna LF41000003.310.356.571.9271.0
F. Freeman 1B40010011.309.419.545.9640.5
N. Markakis RF40310000.346.432.559.9915.0
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K. Suzuki C40100003.301.368.530.8991.0
J. Bautista 3B30100102.286.375.429.8042.0
J. Camargo SS30000101.250.382.607.9891.0
B. McCarthy P10000000.077.077.154.2310.0
L. Sims P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Tucker RF10000002.275.306.475.7810.0
E. Inciarte CF40000003.261.315.328.6430.0
  • a-flied out for Sims in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (5), E. Longoria (9), B. Crawford (3), A. Hanson (2)
  • HR - A. Hanson (2)
  • SH - T. Blach
  • RBI - B. Posey 2 (14), B. Belt (17), E. Longoria (19), B. Crawford 2 (10), A. Hanson 4 (8), N. Hundley (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Posey (7), B. Crawford 2 (3), A. Hanson 2 (2), N. Hundley (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (13), N. Markakis (9)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (25), N. Markakis (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (15)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Crawford (2), A. Hanson, G. Hernandez (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Markakis (4)
  • E - N. Markakis
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (W, 3-3)7.27210203.601.3824.0
C. Gearrin0.10000004.091.820.0
R. Moronta0.00002001.721.34-2.0
P. Johnson1.00000002.251.003.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (W, 3-3)7.2
C. Gearrin0.1
R. Moronta0.0
P. Johnson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (L, 4-1)3.112881214.841.58-16.0
L. Sims3.232216011.252.256.0
S. Carle1.00000000.921.023.0
A. Minter0.23110002.511.47-4.0
D. Winkler0.10000001.260.700.0
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (L, 4-1)3.1
L. Sims3.2
S. Carle1.0
A. Minter0.2
D. Winkler0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 100-71, C. Gearrin 1-1, R. Moronta 8-0, P. Johnson 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 14-8, C. Gearrin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 31, C. Gearrin, R. Moronta 2, P. Johnson 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Sims
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 78-53, L. Sims 59-36, S. Carle 15-8, A. Minter 24-14, D. Winkler 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 5-1, L. Sims 3-2, S. Carle 1-2, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 21, L. Sims 16, S. Carle 3, A. Minter 5, D. Winkler
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Blanco LF50000023.275.306.377.682-1.0
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A. McCutchen RF42300000.243.378.387.7657.0
B. Posey C52320001.307.377.436.8137.0
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P. Johnson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Belt 1B32110202.300.423.560.9836.0
E. Longoria 3B51110033.248.273.504.7772.5
B. Crawford SS52320001.241.276.370.6468.0
A. Hanson 2B-LF51241002.292.320.625.94511.0
G. Hernandez CF51400010.296.309.352.6614.5
T. Blach P30000022.059.059.059.118-1.0
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  • a-flied out for Blanco in the 9th
  • b-singled for Gearrin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B41200010.288.327.612.9383.5
R. Acuna LF41000003.310.356.571.9271.0
F. Freeman 1B40010011.309.419.545.9640.5
N. Markakis RF40310000.346.432.559.9915.0
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Winkler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Suzuki C40100003.301.368.530.8991.0
J. Bautista 3B30100102.286.375.429.8042.0
J. Camargo SS30000101.250.382.607.9891.0
B. McCarthy P10000000.077.077.154.2310.0
L. Sims P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- C. Culberson PH10000000.176.263.206.4690.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Tucker RF10000002.275.306.475.7810.0
E. Inciarte CF40000003.261.315.328.6430.0
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  • a-flied out for Sims in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (5), E. Longoria (9), B. Crawford (3), A. Hanson (2)
  • HR - A. Hanson (2)
  • SH - T. Blach
  • RBI - B. Posey 2 (14), B. Belt (17), E. Longoria (19), B. Crawford 2 (10), A. Hanson 4 (8), N. Hundley (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Posey (7), B. Crawford 2 (3), A. Hanson 2 (2), N. Hundley (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (13), N. Markakis (9)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (25), N. Markakis (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis (15)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Crawford (2), A. Hanson, G. Hernandez (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Markakis (4)
  • E - N. Markakis
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (W, 3-3)7.27210203.601.3824.0
C. Gearrin0.10000004.091.820.0
R. Moronta0.00002001.721.34-2.0
P. Johnson1.00000002.251.003.0
Total9.0721220---
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (W, 3-3)7.2
C. Gearrin0.1
R. Moronta0.0
P. Johnson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy (L, 4-1)3.112881214.841.58-16.0
L. Sims3.232216011.252.256.0
S. Carle1.00000000.921.023.0
A. Minter0.23110002.511.47-4.0
D. Winkler0.10000001.260.700.0
Total9.0181111281---
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy (L, 4-1)3.1
L. Sims3.2
S. Carle1.0
A. Minter0.2
D. Winkler0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 100-71, C. Gearrin 1-1, R. Moronta 8-0, P. Johnson 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 14-8, C. Gearrin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 31, C. Gearrin, R. Moronta 2, P. Johnson 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Sims
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 78-53, L. Sims 59-36, S. Carle 15-8, A. Minter 24-14, D. Winkler 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 5-1, L. Sims 3-2, S. Carle 1-2, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 21, L. Sims 16, S. Carle 3, A. Minter 5, D. Winkler
  • 9TH INNING
    Hundley singled to left, Crawford scored, Hernandez to third112
  • 5TH INNING
    Posey singled to left center, Hernandez scored, McCutchen to second102
  • 4TH INNING
    Crawford doubled to deep center, Posey and Belt scored92
    Posey singled to center, McCutchen scored72
  • 3RD INNING
    Markakis doubled to deep right, Acuna scored62
    Hanson homered to right, Longoria scored61
    Longoria doubled to right, Posey scored41
    Belt singled to deep right, McCutchen scored, Posey to third, Belt out at second31
  • 2ND INNING
    Hanson doubled to deep right center, Belt and Crawford scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman grounded out to first, Albies scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Preston Tucker in right
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Longoria grounded out to third
    • B. Crawford: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Crawford singled to shallow left
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hanson flied out to deep center
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Crawford to second
    • Nick Hundley hit for Cory Gearrin
    • N. Hundley: Hundley singled to left, Crawford scored, Hernandez to third
    • Kelby Tomlinson hit for Gregor Blanco
    • Dan Winkler relieved A.J. Minter
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Tomlinson flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Reyes Moronta pitching
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo walked, Bautista to second
    • Pierce Johnson relieved Reyes Moronta
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tucker flied out to center
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Inciarte lined out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen flied out to center
    • B. Posey: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Posey grounded out to first
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Belt flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies singled to left center
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Albies out at second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman safe at first on center fielder Hernandez fielding error
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis singled to center, Freeman to third
    • Cory Gearrin relieved Ty Blach
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • T. Blach: Ball, Blach grounded out to third
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Blanco struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Camargo lined out to right
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Lucas Sims
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Culberson flied out to deep center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hanson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki popped out to second
    • J. Bautista: Bautista flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to left
    • T. Blach: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Blach struck out bunting foul
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Blanco struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen hit by pitch, Hernandez to second
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Foul, Posey singled to left center, Hernandez scored, McCutchen to second
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Foul, Blanco grounded out to pitcher
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen doubled to deep left
    • B. Posey: Posey singled to center, McCutchen scored
    • Lucas Sims relieved Brandon McCarthy
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt walked, Posey to second
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford doubled to deep center, Posey and Belt scored
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Hanson flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista singled to center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Camargo flied out to right
    • L. Sims: Foul, Sims reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bautista out at second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second, Sims out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen singled to right center
    • B. Posey: Ball, Posey singled to center, McCutchen to third
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt singled to deep right, McCutchen scored, Posey to third, Belt out at second
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria doubled to right, Posey scored
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second, Longoria to third
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Hanson homered to right, Longoria scored
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Blach: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blach struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies safe at first on shortstop Crawford fielding error
    • R. Acuna: Acuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna to second, Albies out at second on left fielder Hanson fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis doubled to deep right, Acuna scored
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford singled to right, Belt to third, Crawford to second on right fielder Markakis fielding error
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hanson doubled to deep right center, Belt and Crawford scored
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez singled to right, Hanson to third
    • T. Blach: Pickoff attempt to first, Blach hit sacrifice bunt to first, Hernandez to second
    • G. Blanco: Blanco grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCarthy grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blanco lined out to left
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, McCutchen singled to shallow right center
    • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Posey grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McCutchen out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies doubled to left center
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to shortstop, Albies to third
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to first, Albies scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis reached on an infield single to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki singled to left, Markakis to second
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)