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Updated: Friday, August 12, 2005 12:07 AM EDT
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Giants 5 10 1 WP: Schmidt (9-6)
LP: Hudson (8-7)
S: Walker (20)  
Braves 3 10 0
Winn delivers key blow as Giants down Hudson, Braves

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Braves wasted a lot of opportunities. The San Francisco Giants had few against Tim Hudson , but Randy Winn took advantage of one.

Winn belted a two-run homer in a decisive three-run seventh inning as the Giants avoided a three-game sweep against the Braves with a 5-3 victory.

Even though the Braves squandered opportunities to score more runs in the first, third and sixth innings, Hudson entered the seventh with a four-hitter, a career-high 10 strikeouts and a 3-1 lead.

However, Edgardo Alfonzo and J.T. Snow opened the frame with consecutive singles and advanced on a sacrifice. Alfonzo scored on a grounder by Lance Niekro and Winn followed by drilling a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence - his seventh homer of the season and first since coming over in a trade with Seattle on July 30 - for a 4-3 lead.

"It was down and in," Winn said. "I was just lucky to get the barrel (of the bat) on it."

"He hit a good pitch," Hudson said. "It was about five inches off the plate inside. He just cheated in and he got it."

While Winn may be new to the National League, he is familiar with Hudson, although he had not experienced much success against the righthander. Coming into the game, Winn was batting .200 (8-for-40) with a homer and two RBI against Hudson.

"My first National League homer was special because it won the game," Winn said. "That's the most important thing. It was a good one because we got the win out of it."

"(Winn) looked like he was a little tired, but he hit the home run," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. "He hit it at the right time."

Former Brave Jason Schmidt (9-6) allowed three runs and eight hits with a walk in six innings, striking out seven to improve to 5-7 in 16 starts against his former club.

"It's a strange game," Schmidt said. "I just made some stupid pitches I didn't want to make. ... Hudson pitched one heck of a ballgame. The difference is one of his (bad pitches) went out of the park and mine went off the wall.

The Braves squandered two singles in the seventh against Scott Munter before LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless eighth. Tyler Walker worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

"The bullpen did a heck of a job," Schmidt said. "I was hoping I could go one more inning to give them a break."

Hudson (8-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Braves, who dropped to 2-1 during a season-high 12-game homestand.

"We left a few guys on base," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We hit the ball fine and we pitched fine. (But) we gave up the long one."

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the second on a run-scoring single by Mike Matheny , but the Braves responded in the third with an RBI double by Ryan Langerhans and Marcus Giles ' triple off the base of the center field wall.

The triple extended Giles' hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.

"I feel pretty good, but the balls are finding holes too," said Giles, who was a homer shy of the cycle. "It's some good luck mixed in with some decent at-bats."

Adam LaRoche increased the edge to 3-1 in the fifth with an RBI bloop double down the left field line.

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