National League Game Summary - Atlanta at San Francisco|
(Friday, August 24th)
Final Score: San Francisco 5, Atlanta 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Angel Pagan registered four hits and
finished a home run shy of the cycle, as the San Francisco Giants beat the
Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in the second test of a four-game set Friday at AT&T
Pagan scored twice and also knocked in a run, while Marco Scutaro, Pablo
Sandoval and Buster Posey added an RBI apiece for the Giants, who won their
fifth straight contest.
Ryan Vogelsong (11-7) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with five
strikeouts over 6 1/3 frames to snap a two-game slide.
"He's definitely been our spark plug," Vogelsong said of Pagan. "It's been fun
Javier Lopez recorded the final out of the eighth and then fired a perfect
ninth to nail down his fourth save of the season.
Ben Sheets (4-4) gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks over 4 1/3
innings to absorb the loss.
"I hate the way I pitched," Sheets lamented. "I feel like I made some good
pitches, just didn't put anybody away."
Freddie Freeman hit two homers and Jason Heyward also went deep, but the
Braves lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Heyward clubbed a two-out homer in the first to give Atlanta an early lead and
Freeman pressed the advantage to 2-0 in the second when he crushed a leadoff
blast to center field.
The Giants, who wasted a bases-loaded chance in the second when Vogelsong
grounded into a double play, countered in the third as Pagan doubled to start
the frame, moved to third on a bunt and scored easily on Sandoval's two-bagger
to left field.
Posey's fly out pushed Sandoval to third and, after Hunter Pence walked,
Sheets uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Sandoval to score and tie the game.
San Francisco plated two more in the fourth to grab the lead for good. Gregor
Blanco singled to start the inning and moved to second two batters later on
Pagan then scorched a triple into right field to plate Blanco and Scutaro
followed with a single to score Pagan for a 4-2 lead.
The Giants couldn't capitalize again with the bases full in the fifth, but
tacked on a run in the sixth. Pagan smacked a leadoff single, but was wiped
away on Scutaro's fielder's choice.
Scutaro moved to second on Sandoval's fly out to center field before scoring
on Posey's line-drive double that tipped off Chipper Jones' glove at third and
rolled into left field to extend the lead to 5-2.
Freeman then launched his second homer of the night into right field in the
seventh, chasing Vogelsong from the contest.
Jose Mijares entered and served up a single to Brian McCann before Santiago
Casilla took over on the mound and retired the next two Braves to maintain the
Giants' two-run advantage.
Sergio Romo and Lopez combined to blank the Braves in the eighth before Lopez
retired the side in order in the ninth.
It was the third multi-homer game of Freeman's career and his second this
season ... Pagan also had a four-hit game on Aug. 3 against the Colorado
Rockies ... Posey had missed the last two games with a tight right hamstring
... The Giants went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on
08/25 02:47:18 ET