Julio Teheran proved that his last start was anomaly in the rubber game Sunday night between the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants. The effort was good enough for his fifth win the 3-0 win at Turner Field.
Teheran gave up five runs in his last start against the San Diego Padres on June 10, but he threw six shutout frames Sunday, striking out eight Giants batters, including a streak of five in a row.
Justin Upton bailed out Teheran in the fourth inning after singles by Buster Posey and Brandon Belt and a walk by Andres Torres loaded the bases with two outs. Joaquin Arias flared a flyball to left field that seemed destined to score a run or two, but Upton made a diving catch to end the threat.
The Braves continued the woes of Giants' starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, who entered with a 4.70 ERA. The Braves scored three runs (two earned) on him in his six innings. He only struck out three Braves but walked five, including the lead-off batter in each of the first three innings.
Those lead-off walks came back to bite Lincecum in the first and third innings. Andrelton Simmons walked to start the game, stole second and was driven home by Freddie Freeman for the first Braves run.
Jason Heyward didn't score off his lead-off walk in the third inning, but Justin Upton did after he reached on a fielder's choice when B.J. Upton doubled him home.
The win moves the Braves' record when not hitting a homer this year to 4-19.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Buster Posey, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Justin Upton, MLB, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum