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San Francisco Giants Trump Atlanta Braves Behind Tim Lincecum

May 12th, 2013 at 9:14 PM
By Cody Fields

Tim Lincecum dominated a faltering Atlanta Braves offense, paving the way for the San Francisco Giants to win a 5-1 game on Sunday at AT&T Park and take three out of four games in the series.

Lincecum was perfect in four of the seven innings he pitched and didn't allow a run. He gave up just two hits, singles to Ramiro Pena and Jordan Schafer.

The Braves were poised to take an early lead in the midst of a 25-pitch first inning for Lincecum. After a Pena singled and Brian McCann drew a walk with one out, Lincecum struck out Justin Upton and got Freddie Freeman to line out to right.

Kris Medlen had essentially the exact opposite kind of outing by giving up three homers for the second time in his career. All three were solo shots, starting with Brandon Belt in the second inning and Pablo Sandoval in the third.

An error by Dan Uggla in the fourth set up another run by way of Brandon Crawford's RBI-single. After Marco Scutaro started the fifth with a homer, another unearned run scored by the Giants when Upton dropped a routine fly ball off the bat of Pablo Sandoval. That run would come around when Gregor Blanco hit a ground-rule double.

Since the Braves' 15-2 start, they have won just eight of their last 22 games, including their third straight at the hands of the Giants. Despite their struggles, they still have a one-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

The Braves now travel to Phoenix for a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Photo credit: Acordova / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Belt, Dan Uggla, Kris Medlen, Marco Scutaro, MLB, Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum

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