May 13: Braves (22-16) 5, Giants (25-15) 0
Behind a dominant start from pitcher Mike Minor, the Atlanta Braves eased to a 5-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants on the road. First baseman Freddie Freeman contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs in the win.
Starters Minor and Ryan Vogelsong dominated in the early going as the game entered the fourth frame in a scoreless tie.
The Braves broke into the scoring column in the top of the fourth frame on an Evan Gattis RBI triple — his first three-bagger of the year.
Atlanta added another three runs in the sixth inning on three RBI singles. Freeman contributed the first, B.J. Upton came next and Andrelton Simmons rounded out the parade with the final run-scoring base hit against Vogelsong.
With the game 4-0 in favor of Atlanta, the Braves tacked on their final run of the game on a Freeman ground out in the seventh frame.
The Giants threatened quite a few times in the late-going. In the bottom of the sixth, an Angel Pagan walk and a Hunter Pence double with two outs gave San Fran a chance to get on the scoreboard. Minor shut the door on the rally by striking Buster Posey.
In the seventh, the Giants were at it against with two outs as a Hector Sanchez double and a Brandon Hicks walk put them in business. Reliever Ian Thomas came in to close things out in the frame with a strikeout of Brandon Crawford.
San Fran’s final opportunity came in the ninth as it got two runners on with one out but couldn’t muster any kind of offensive firepower against David Hale.
Minor finished the game with 6.2 scoreless innings, three hits allowed and six strikeouts.
For the Giants, Vogelsong completed six frames, fanned eight and surrendered four earned runs.
Three Atlanta relievers completed the final 2.1 innings on just two hits and no runs.