Chipper Homers, Mike Minor Shuts Down Giants In Braves Win

Both Mike Minor and Tim Lincecum had hitters swinging and missing, but one Chipper Jones swing didn't miss.

Chipper's 447th career home run was all the support Minor needed in a 1-0 Braves victory over the Giants.

Minor labored early in the game, throwing 48 pitches between the first two innings, but soon settled down. He faced the minimum over the next four innings and struck out nine in the game. He allowed four hits and only walked one (it was intentional) in six innings.

Meanwhile, Lincecum was just as impressive, executing damage control when necessary. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning when Michael Bourn singled and advanced to third on Brian McCann's double, but he easily handled Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman to squash the threat.

The biggest blow against Lincecum, however, was Chipper's blast leading off the fifth. Chipper had been homerless against Lincecum entering the game. Lincecum finished the game with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

The three-headed monster "O'Ventbrel" finished the Giants off; Craig Kimbrel struck out two in the ninth for his 37th save.

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