The Atlanta Braves squeaked by the Giants 3-2 on Thursday, salvaging the final game of a three-game series.
“You lose two in a row after winning seven,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, “and it feels like you’ll never win again.”
Freddie Freeman and David Ross hit solo home runs, and Tim Hudson (8-4) limited San Francisco, which saw its five-game win streak end, to two runs in 7¹⁄³ innings.
Michael Bourn drove in a third-inning run with a triple that scored Paul Janish, who had reached on an error. That and the home runs accounted for all of the hits given up by Madison Bumgarner (11-6) over seven innings.
“If I’m going to give one up, I’d definitely rather it be solo than with guys on base,” Bumgarner said of the homers.
“But if you give up enough of them, it’s still going to hurt.”
Pablo Sandoval led off the second with a single to right, and Emmanuel Burriss drove him in with a single for the Giants’ first run. Those were two of the eight hits Hudson allowed.
“We got more hits than they did and created more opportunities,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We just didn’t get a timely hit.”
Melky Cabrera, a former Brave, was booed heartily at every opportunity after what was perceived as showing up the Braves up after a sixth-inning homer in Wednesday’s game. He kept his head down when he singled in the first and walked in the sixth, and really kept it down motoring to third with a lead-off triple in the eighth. He scored on Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly.
Bochy said he would speak to Cabrera, whose actions Wednesday didn’t sit well with his former teammates. Cabrera lingered after his homer and made gestures daring right fielder Jason Heyward to steal third base at one point.
“I don’t think Melky means to,” Bochy said. “I’m not into trying to show up the other club and these guys know it.”
NOTES: Bochy feels fortunate that, due to the 1:16 rain delay before the start of Wednesday’s game, catcher Eli Whiteside was able to be in uniform when it started. His flight from Las Vegas was scheduled to land at 6:45 p.m. ET, so he wouldn’t have made the scheduled 7:10 start. Bochy also felt fortunate that the part of the game catcher Posey caught — innings 1-8 — went relatively quickly, so Posey felt good enough to start Thursday’s day game after the night game. ... Martin Prado started at third base Thursday in place of Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who was resting his sore knees.
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