Giants knocked around by Braves as teams split series 

click to enlarge Tim Lincecum pitched five innings against The Atlanta Braves on Sunday. - ROBERT GALBRAITH/ REUTERS
  • Tim Lincecum pitched five innings against The Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings, leading the Atlanta Braves in a 7-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.

The teams split the four-game series at AT&T Park, with Atlanta winning the last two.

Hudson (13-4) scattered five hits and one walk while allowing one run. He struck out five. He has won his last seven decisions, and the Braves are 9-1 in his 10 starts since July 6.

Paul Janish hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach at 5-0. Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to cap the scoring.

In the top of the first, Lincecum issued a leadoff walk to Michael Bourn. With one out, Jason Heyward singled Bourn to third, then stole second base. Freddie Freeman walked to load the bases.

Martin Prado’s slow grounder to third scored Bourn, and Brian McCann singled to right-center, bringing home Heyward for a 2-0 Braves lead.

In the top of the fourth, Juan Francisco, playing at third base for Chipper Jones (sore oblique and back), blasted a Lincecum fastball deep to center field, nearly halfway up the bleachers, to give Atlanta a three-run cushion.

Lincecum labored through five innings, allowing five hits and three runs. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, and Jose Mijares and George Kontos gave up two runs in the sixth.

After a leadoff walk to Prado and a single by McCann, both off Mijares, Janish greeted Kontos with a triple to left-center.

The Giants squandered an opportunity with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning, scoring their only run on a Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Although the Braves are 3-5 in their last eight road games, they maintain the second-best road record in the majors at 37-26 (.587). ... Jones made his final regular-season appearance in San Francisco, pinch-hitting for Hudson in the top of the eighth. He grounded out to shortstop. ... The outing was Hudson’s 400th appearance. He is at 399 career starts. ... The Giants are 9-18 in games started by Lincecum. ... Lincecum tied his career high for losses in a single season. He has pitched six or more innings 12 times in 27 starts. ... Eli Whiteside was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, giving the Giants an extra catcher with Buster Posey nursing a hamstring injury. Right-hander Eric Hacker, 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in four games (one start), was optioned to Fresno. ... San Francisco right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota will be eligible to be reinstated Tuesday after serving his 100-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. “Probably more than anything, this is going to be a baseball decision,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who has lost two players this year to drug suspensions, including outfielder Melky Cabrera.

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