National League Game Summary - Atlanta at San Francisco|
(Thursday, August 23rd)
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Atlanta 2
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Barry Zito pitched into the ninth inning
on Thursday and the San Francisco Giants used a four-run fifth to down the
Atlanta Braves, 5-2, in the opener of a four-game series between the playoff
Zito (10-8) allowed five hits, walked three, struck out five and left after
allowing a pair of singles to begin the ninth. The 34-year-old lefty improved
to 5-1 lifetime against Atlanta.
Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run double for the Giants, who were
coming off a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They now lead their NL West
rivals by three games.
Tommy Hanson (12-6) took the loss in his second start since returning from the
15-day disabled list. He was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on seven
hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Zito was charged with two runs after Freddie Freeman plated Martin Prado and
Chipper Jones with a double off of reliever Jeremy Affeldt.
Dan Uggla followed with a walk before Javier Lopez struck out Brian McCann.
Sergio Romo then ended the threat and secured his sixth save of the season by
inducing a pair of groundouts.
"When you do it by committee that's the way it goes," Giants manager Bruce
Bochy said. "We have four really good guys we're comfortable with to go out
there to finish off a game."
The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the third when Angel Pagan walked, stole second
and slid into home with two down on Pablo Sandoval's sinking liner to left.
Pagan scored again in the fifth when he worked a leadoff walk, moved up on
Marco Scutaro's base hit and crossed the plate when Hunter Pence placed a bunt
single past Hanson to the right side of the infield.
Scutaro came home when Freeman couldn't handle Brandon Belt's grounder toward
first base and Sanchez followed with a double down the right-field line to cap
"What a job he's done since he's assumed the leadoff spot," Giants manager
Bruce Bochy said of Pagan. "He's really picked up his game since he's gone to
the leadoff spot. He's playing as good ball as anybody."
The Braves, one of the two NL wild card leaders, have lost five of their last
"The good thing is we came back and they used (three) guys there in the ninth
inning so we got into their bullpen a little bit," Braves manager Fredi
The Giants have won each of Zito's last four appearances ... Zito held the
Braves scoreless over seven innings in a July 17 victory ... Hanson suffered
his first loss since July 2 ... Atlanta went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring
08/24 02:02:39 ET