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Giants Continue Mastery of Braves, 4-2 — 13 May 14

Giants Continue Mastery of Braves, 4-2

12 May 14

Tim Lincecum twirled a gem nearly completing 8 innings, and Tyler Colvin drove in 3 runs with a homer and a triple to power the Giants past the Braves in San Francisco’s first home game since ending a successful road trip Sunday.

Lincecum struck out 11 and allowed 2 hits, one a homer, in his performance that contributes to bringing his ERA back down to earth. It rests at 4.78. Colvin came up from Fresno on Sunday when he went 0-1 with a walk in two appearances at home plate. Tonight, in his first appearance, he took Gavin Floyd to McCovey Cove with a second-inning splash hit that put the Giants into the lead, 1-0. Colvin delivered in the seventh when he pulled an 0-2 pitch into the right field corner for a two-run triple to put the Giants ahead permanently.

The Giants moved to 11 games above .500, Level 2 plus 1. The Dodgers kept pace, defeating the Marlins 6-5, and trailing the Giants by 4.5 games.

Giants Fall a Run Short in Pittsburgh, 4-3 — 8 May 14

Giants Fall a Run Short in Pittsburgh, 4-3

7 May 2014

Brandon Belt drove in all the Giants’ runs today as that total fell shy by one. Tim Lincecum permitted 4 earned runs in 4 complete innings of pitching as his ERA rose to 5.55. He allowed 8 hits, permitted 2 walks, and struck out 2.

The Giants, after winning 6 in a row, lost the final 2 in Pittsburgh and lost the series, 2-1. Their record thus far in this 10-game road trip is 4-2 before they face the Dodgers for 4 games in Chavez Ravine beginning Thursday evening. The Dodgers trail the Giants by 2.5 going into that series. Ryan Vogelsong will match up against Josh Beckett in the opener.

Giants’ Pitching and Long Ball Overpower Braves, 3-1 — 4 May 14

Giants’ Pitching and Long Ball Overpower Braves, 3-1

3 May 14

Brandon Belt hit his eighth, Buster Posey his seventh, and Michael Morse his eighth homer of the season to give the Giants more than they needed to beat the Braves, 3-1. Ryan Vogelsong pitched six full innings allowing a singly run (earned) while walking four and striking out six. Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi, and Sergio Romo each pitched an inning. Romo garnered his ninth save. Julio Teheran started for the Braves, and the Giants became the first team in 2014 to post three earned runs facing him.

Tim Lincecum busted up the dugout and the umpires by taking out the lineup card. He wore black glasses and a replica 1946 San Francisco Sea Lions uniform with a towel stuck under it. He said, “I had a good pregame meal. I was able to shed it by the first inning.”

The Dodgers won in eleven in Miami to remain 1.5 games out.

Madison Bumgarner will take the hill on Sunday as the Giants place their road trip’s perfect record, 2-0, on the line. They are now eight games above .500, their high-water mark for the season. They own the third-best record in the major leagues at 19-11.

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