The Atlanta Braves used some late theatrics to rebound from their most lopsided home loss and snap one of their longest skids. There wasn't as much drama in their most recent matchup with Tim Lincecum .
The San Francisco Giants right-hander shut down the Braves last month and will try to help his club become the first to win a series in Atlanta this season Sunday night.
After getting blanked 6-0 in the series opener, Atlanta (40-28) avoid another loss by scoring two runs in the ninth inning Saturday. That 6-5 victory snapped a season high-tying four-game skid.
Freddie Freeman had the winning single one batter after Justin Upton drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game. B.J. Upton started the rally from a three-run deficit with the second of his two home runs in the sixth inning.
"It's just nice to be able to come back," Freeman said. "We battled and to come back and get a win makes it nice."
With the victory, the Braves improved their major league-best home record to 22-8 and moved to 14-3 since May 5 at Turner Field.
They'll try to add to that gaudy record with a better performance against Lincecum than in a 5-1 defeat May 12.
Lincecum (4-6, 4.70 ERA) allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings and struck out seven in that win, which snapped a personal four-game skid to Atlanta. He's gone 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in his five subsequent starts and couldn't outduel Pittsburgh top prospect Gerrit Cole in an 8-2 loss Tuesday.
Lincecum gave up four runs - two earned - while failing to make it past the fifth inning for the second time in three outings.
"I kind of put myself in some holes with some pitches that weren't really even close to the zone," Lincecum said. "I really wasn't challenging the zone with quality strikes. When I did throw quality strikes, they put them in play and hurt us."
Lincecum, who turned 29 on Saturday, has lost in each of his last three starts in Atlanta but was on the wrong end of a 1-0 score in his most recent game there Aug. 18, 2011.
His counterpart for the series finale, Julio Teheran (4-3, 3.62), is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four home starts but is coming off one of his worst efforts of the season. The right-hander tied a career high by giving up five runs in his six innings of a 7-6 loss in San Diego on Monday.
Teheran won his only start against San Francisco (35-32) on May 9, giving up three runs over seven innings in a 6-3 final.
Hunter Pence went 0 for 3 against Teheran but is batting .400 (12 for 30) with five doubles and eight RBIs in his last seven games overall. Pence is also hitting .355 with 19 RBIs in his last 29 games against Atlanta.
|San Francisco Giants|
|June 11, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hand injury|
|June 09, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left foot|
|May 28, 2013||Angel Pagan||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 26, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Mild hamstring strain|
|May 21, 2013||Santiago Casilla||15-Day DL||Cyst on right knee|
|May 21, 2013||Ryan Vogelsong||60-Day DL||Fractured right hand - out 6-8 weeks|
|May 29, 2013||Kris Medlen||Day-to-Day||Left game - left upper calf contusion|
|May 18, 2013||Eric O'Flaherty||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had several plays to choose as the game's best moment.
Freddie Freeman hit in the clutch. Justin Upton , Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons saved runs with their gloves. Julio Teheran escaped bases-loaded jams in the fourth and sixth innings.
Gonzalez decided, though, that Ramiro Pena 's baserunning in the bottom of the sixth was his favorite.
"I thought the play of the game was the hustle by Pena," Gonzalez said. "(Andres) Torres misplays that ball, and (Pena) hustles all the way and gets to third base, and we were able to execute a squeeze with Schafer and get an extra run."
Freeman singled three times and drove in one run, Teheran pitched six innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday night.
Atlanta won its second straight to take the three-game series and increase its NL East lead to 6 1/2 games.
San Francisco, the defending World Series champion, has lost 14 of its last 20 on the road, but the Giants remained 1 1/2 games behind Arizona in the NL West.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save in 22 chances. Kimbrel struck out Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias before retiring Nick Noonan on a flyout.
Freeman, who began the night hitless in 11 career appearances against Giants starter Tim Lincecum , singled in his first three at-bats and improved his average to .456 with runners in scoring position - third-best in the majors.
One night after he drove in the winning run off Giants closer Sergio Romo , Freeman made it 1-0 in the first when his RBI single scored Andrelton Simmons from second.
"Here's a guy that, going into the game, didn't have very good numbers against Lincecum, but he's swinging it pretty good," Gonzalez said. "Got us a run early in the game."
Freeman's single in the third moved Justin Upton to second. The next batter, B.J. Upton, drove in his brother Justin from second to put Atlanta up 2-0.
Teheran (5-3) allowed seven hits and one walk. The 22-year-old struck out eight and benefited from stellar plays in the fourth by Heyward in right field and Justin Upton in left, and by Simmons at shortstop in the sixth that kept a run from scoring with the Braves holding a two-run lead.
"I thought it was going to be trouble (on Upton's play)," Teheran said, "but everybody starting clapping and I was pretty excited."
Lincecum (4-7) gave up six hits and five walks in six innings. Two of his three runs were earned, and he struck out three.
Torres, San Francisco's left fielder, hurt his team in the bottom of the sixth when Pena's single appeared to bounce off his right foot and toward the wall.
"Obviously he can't let that ball get by him, and it ended up being another run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But they pitched well and played good defense. We had a couple of great opportunities of people just missing a hit."
Pena, who reached third on Torres' two-base fielding error, scored when pinch-hitter Jordan Schafer drove him in with a sacrifice squeeze bunt to make it 3-0.
Teheran struggled in his previous outing, a 7-6 loss at San Diego last Monday, but he beat the Giants for the second time in two starts against them since May 9.
Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, has lost six of his last nine starts and has posted a 6.92 ERA in the losses.
Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden pitched scoreless innings for Atlanta in the seventh and eighth.
Jose Mijares and rookie Jake Dunning , who made his major league debut, held the Braves to one hit in the seventh and eighth.
Notes: Giants CF Angel Pagan said before the game that he's still hoping to avoid surgery on his left hamstring. Pagan took a platelet-rich plasma injection behind his knee last Sunday and is still unable to run the bases. He's missed 20 straight games with the injury. ... Gonzalez said rookie RHP Alex Wood will start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader opposite Mets RHP Matt Harvey . ... The Giants' 6-5 loss Saturday was their first when leading after eight innings since July 4, 2012 at Washington. ... San Francisco 3B Pablo Sandoval , on the disabled list with a strained left foot, holds a narrow lead over Mets 3B David Wright in balloting for the July 16 All-Star Game in New York.