had a career day when he was supposed to be on the bench.
San Francisco skipper
decided late to go with Ishikawa at first base instead of rookie and recent callup
, and for no reason in particular.
''I just made the flip,'' Bochy said.
Ishikawa had a three-run homer among his career-high four hits,
won for the first time in more than a month and the Giants beat the
8-2 on Monday.
Ishikawa had yet to hit a home run this year, a rare thing for a first baseman. His bosses had brought up Guzman as insurance.
Ishikawa very well could have been affected by all that.
''It's good to finally get that off my shoulders,'' he said of the homer. ''My mindset's probably different than most people's
because I'm not hitting a lot of home runs. Home runs are an overrated thing. ... I can't control the playing time. I'm still
doing the same thing I've been doing all year.''
hit a two-run double three batters after
broke up a scoreless game with a fifth-inning RBI single. The Giants, who had lost five of six and nine of 11, began a six-game
homestand on a positive note following a frustrating 1-5 trip in which all the losses were by one run.
This outing certainly was a boost for Sanchez (2-4), who went 0-3 over a six-start winless stretch since his last victory
April 17. But he nearly saw this one get away after running into trouble in the sixth.
Ishikawa's homer in the seventh was his first this season and fourth of his career. He scored on Burriss' single in the fifth
(4-4), whose wild pitch allowed Ishikawa to reach third after he stole second.
''Javy was going great. He didn't get hit very hard, really,'' Braves manager
Both Ishikawa and
beat throws home from the outfield in the sixth, Lewis making it on a close slide on
's shallow sacrifice fly to center.
Sanchez allowed only one baserunner past first before
's leadoff triple in the sixth, then loaded the bases with back-to-back walks.
singled in Atlanta's first run to chase Sanchez with just the fourth hit by the Braves.
relieved and struck out
's bases-loaded walk made it 3-2. Miller then got
to ground into a fielder's choice, with the Giants cutting down the runner at home, and struck out
to end the inning.
''We had them and we didn't deliver,'' Cox said.
Sanchez hasn't gone longer than 6 2-3 innings this season, and he did that in his other win. He got off to a fast start against
the Braves, striking out the side in order in the first on 13 pitches. He finished with six Ks and three walks in five-plus
innings. Sanchez tired after scoring from first in the fifth.
''That run got me a little bit,'' he said. ''I was pumped up (from the start). I had everything going on.''
The Braves completed a home interleague sweep of the
before making the cross-country flight for Monday afternoon's game. Atlanta had its three-game winning streak snapped and
lost for only the second time in its last seven.
Vazquez faced one more than the minimum through three, allowing only a strange infield single to Ishikawa. Vazquez appeared
to call for the high popup behind the pitcher's mound but collided with charging third baseman
and the ball hit the ground.
Braves third baseman
was held out of the starting lineup again with an injured right big toe he hurt Thursday night. But Cox doesn't expect the
reigning NL batting champion to need a stint on the disabled list.
Notes: McCann had his second straight three-hit game. ... Ishikawa, hitless in his previous three games, is 9 for 18 with
two homers lifetime vs. Atlanta. ... Burriss had been 1 for his last 15 with runners in scoring position. ... Braves SS
, nursing a right hip flexor, missed his third straight start. ... Giants 3B
underwent an MRI exam on his injured right elbow that revealed a muscular strain. Sandoval said he felt better. He didn't
play Monday and could pinch hit Tuesday or Wednesday and perhaps return to the lineup this weekend after Thursday's off day.
''We got some good news with that,'' Bochy said. ... Vazquez doubled in the third, the 12th of his career.