The San Francisco Giants ' typically subdued offense came alive in the series opener in Atlanta, while its revered pitching staff shut out the Braves.
Vogelsong looks to pitch the NL West-leading Giants to a season-high fifth straight victory Wednesday night against a Braves team trying to bounce back from its first loss in two weeks.
San Francisco (50-40) arrived in Atlanta having scored the sixth-fewest runs in the majors, but its offense put on a display against Jair Jurrjens in Tuesday's 9-0 win. All-Star Buster Posey , a Georgia native, had his second straight three-hit game and drove in a season-high five runs, while Melky Cabrera finished with two hits and scored twice for the Giants, who've won all four games since the Midsummer Classic after a 2-7 stretch heading into the break.
San Francisco finished with 13 hits and is one victory away from winning its second series at Turner Field since its opening in 1997.
The Braves (49-40) entered Tuesday's game averaging 6.1 runs during a season-high seven-game winning streak, but they were five-hit by Barry Zito and a pair of relievers. Two-time All-Star Michael Bourn , batting .409 with five runs in his previous five games, was hitless in four at-bats, while Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones were a combined 0 for 7.
"We just didn't get it done like a team," Jurrjens said. "I didn't make pitches, we didn't hit, we didn't field. That's a team loss."
Atlanta, which dropped 3 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Washington, could again have some trouble offensively against Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA), who owns the majors' fifth-best ERA.
Vogelsong hasn't pitched since July 7, when he gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings of 3-1 defeat to Pittsburgh. It was only the Giants' second loss in the right-hander's last 13 outings - all of which have been quality starts.
Although Vogelsong has been tough to score on, he hasn't been quite as sharp on the road, with a 3.59 ERA in seven outings. This will be the first career start against the Braves for Vogelsong, who made a relief appearance versus them in April 2011.
Posey, who started the series opener at first base, will almost certainly be behind the plate for Vogelsong after catcher Hector Sanchez left Tuesday's game with a sprained left knee. Manager Bruce Bochy said he'll have an MRI on Wednesday.
"We're hoping for the best," Bochy said. "We're thinking it's a couple days."
While Vogelsong was magnificent for much of the season's first half, Minor's spot in the rotation has seemingly been in jeopardy since the end of April.
It was acknowledged before his final start before the break that Minor (5-6, 5.97) needed a solid showing to help keep his job. The left-hander delivered, allowing three runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 5. It was just his second quality start in his last 12 outings, and manager Freddie Gonzalez hopes it's a sign of things to come.
"He goes into the break feeling good about himself and maybe come out the other end with some momentum," Gonzalez told the Braves' official website.
Minor was sharp in his only career start against the Giants on Aug. 18, yielding four hits while striking out nine in six innings of a 1-0 victory.
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 17, 2012||Hector Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Left knee sprain|
|June 26, 2012||Shane Loux||15-Day DL||Strained neck|
|June 14, 2012||Aubrey Huff||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|June 11, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|June 07, 2012||Melky Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right hamstring|
|June 02, 2012||Santiago Casilla||Day-to-Day||Bruised knee|
|July 14, 2012||Jack Wilson||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinkie finger|
|July 09, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||Day-to-Day||Broken right pinkie|
|July 09, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||15-Day DL||Broken right pinkie finger|
|July 08, 2012||Andrelton Simmons||Day-to-Day||Broken right pinkie|
|July 05, 2012||Jonny Venters||15-Day DL||Left elbow impingement|
|June 17, 2012||Brandon Beachy||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford didn't have to be told the Giants had no available position players in the 11th inning when he fouled a ball off his right knee and collapsed to the ground.
Crawford knew he had to remain in the game, and so he got up and hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to give San Francisco the lead in its 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
Gregor Blanco added another three-run homer in the 11th as the Giants recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the 10th.
Manager Bruce Bochy rushed to Crawford's side after the shortstop fouled the ball off his knee. Bochy knew it was crucial that Crawford remain in the game.
"I was close to telling him that because we were out of players," Bochy said.
No need. Crawford already knew the situation.
"I was thinking about it a little bit when I was on the ground," Crawford said.
Crawford said the pain went away quickly - especially after the homer, only his second of the season and his first since April 12.
"It's been a while since I hit a homer," Crawford said. "It felt pretty good."
The NL West-leading Giants have won five straight, including the first two games of this series.
Anthony Varvaro (1-1) hit Eli Whiteside with a pitch to open the 11th before walking Brandon Belt . Chad Durbin replaced Varvaro and struck out Joaquin Arias .
The left-handed hitting Crawford pulled a cutter from Durbin into the seats in right.
"I tried to run it in there closer to him instead of leaving it on the plate and it didn't quite get there," Durbin said. "It just wasn't in enough."
The inning continued as third baseman Chipper Jones ' second throwing error of the game allowed Justin Christian to reach base. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera before giving up Blanco's homer, also to right field, pushing the Giants' lead to 9-3.
Jones homered off Brad Penny in the 11th. The homer, Jones' eighth, gave him 1,596 career RBIs, matching George Brett 's record for third basemen.
Asked if the landmark was bittersweet, Jones said "Bitter."
Cabrera homered in the sixth and had a run-scoring single in the Giants' two-run 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-1 lead.
The Giants were one out from the win when Brian McCann hit a tying two-run homer off Santiago Casilla (3-4) in the bottom of the 10th. It was Casilla's sixth blown save in 29 opportunities.
Bochy said he will talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti and Casilla before deciding if he will change closers.
"He was too good tonight to do that," Bochy said of Casilla.
"We may have to change it up a little bit, but I don't want him to lose his confidence."
Jones' first error helped the Giants in the 10th.
Arias hit a one-out triple off Varvaro, who then intentionally walked Crawford. Christian hit a soft grounder to third base which Jones fielded while running toward the plate. Jones tried to make an underhand toss to McCann at the plate but threw the ball high, allowing Arias to score. Crawford raced to third on the error.
"Takes too much time to overhand it," Jones said. "It's one of those do or die plays. It turned out to be costly."
Varvaro walked Ryan Theriot to load the bases before Cabrera's bloop single drove in Crawford.
Buster Posey , who had three hits for the second straight night, led off the ninth with a single to right off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel before Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play.
Juan Francisco 's homer in the third gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Cabrera tied the game in the sixth with his ninth homer.
San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong and Atlanta's Mike Minor both lasted six innings and posted almost identical pitching lines.
Vogelsong gave up four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Minor gave up three hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Minor, who struck out the side in the third, retired San Francisco's first 12 hitters.
Posey hit a leadoff double to right field in the fifth for the Giants' first hit.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 16 minutes by rain.
NOTES: The Giants placed C Hector Sanchez on the 15-day DL with a sprained left knee following an MRI on Wednesday. Whiteside was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and took over for Posey in the ninth. ... McCann's homer was the 150th of his career. ... LHP Jonny Venters (sore left elbow) may start a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The Braves want Venters to make at least two appearances with Gwinnett before he comes off the 15-day DL. ... The series ends Thursday with Braves RHP Tim Hudson facing Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner .