It was a great start to the road trip for Atlanta. The Braves put together a complete game tonight, getting good pitching, good defense, and good hitting as they downed the Giants 6-3. Every Braves regular - except Julio Teheran - had at least one hit, with Brian McCann leading the way with three. Teheran settled down after a few rough early innings to toss seven strong frames of three-run baseball en route to his second win of the year.
The Giants got on the board first in the first. Marco Scutaro poked a one-out double right down the third base line, and moved to third on a Pablo Sandoval groundout. Scutaro subsequently scored on a two-out line drive single by catcher Buster Posey (who is still, and has always been, out). That made it 1-0 Giants after one.
Atlanta jumped back on top the very next inning. After Dan Uggla drew a one-out walk, Brian McCann smashed a 1-0 pitch deep to right field for his first home run of the year. It took McCann only nine at-bats to go deep after coming back from injury three days ago. That hit put the Braves up 2-1.
The Giants added on with a two-run shot of their own in the third inning. After getting the first two outs, Teheran gave up a first-pitch single to Sandoval. That brought Posey to the plate, who battled for nine pitches before obliterating a hanging curveball to left. Posey's two run shot was his fifth of the year and made it 3-2.
The Braves took control of the game in the fifth inning, when they batted around. Jordan Schafer led off the inning with a triple, and promptly scored on an Andrelton Simmons RBI groundout, tying the game. Justin Upton then stepped up to the plate and smoked another triple. Freeman drove him in with an RBI single to put the Braves in front 4-3. Uggla then drew another walk, and McCann followed with an RBI infield single (home scoring; the play should have been an error on Marco Scutaro) to make it 5-3. Even B.J. Upton got in on the fun, scoring Uggla with an RBI single up the middle. Upton's single made it 6-3 and would end up being the final score.
Julio Teheran settled down very well after the home run to Posey. He pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits to go along with three strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. The bullpen nailed down Teheran's second win of the year, as Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel each posted scoreless frames. For Kimbrel, tonight's save was his 11th of the year and the 100th of his young career.