ATLANTA — San Francisco clubbed three solo home runs in support of starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who allowed only one run in six drama-filled innings, as the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday at Turner Field.
First baseman Brandon Belt, catcher Buster Posey and left fielder Michael Morse each hit a homer against Atlanta ace Julio Teheran (2-2) and the Giants won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in nine games.
Vogelsong (1-1) allowed five hits and four walks over six innings and retired the Braves in order only twice. But he was able to escape unscathed on three occasions when Atlanta had two runners on base — once by inducing a weak ground ball, the other two with strikeouts. The Braves left seven runners on base against Vogelsong.
The Giants’ bullpen shut down Atlanta the rest of the way. Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi and Sergio Romo each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Romo earned his ninth save by retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Teheran allowed just four hits, but a career-high three of them left the park and doubled his total for the year. He struck out seven but lost for the first time since Opening Day. The loss was the fifth straight for the Braves.
The Giants scored in the second inning on a long homer by Belt. The first baseman, who was mired in a 1-for-21 slump, connected for his eighth home run of the season and his first since April 23.
The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, when right fielder Jason Heyward singled, stole second and scored on center fielder B.J. Upton’s double. First baseman Freddie Freeman followed with a single that put runners at first and third, but the rally fizzled when left fielder Justin Upton struck out and Freeman was caught stealing after catcher Evan Gattis struck out.
The Giants regained the lead in the fourth when Posey led off the inning with a home run. It was the Georgia native’s seventh homer this season and his third against the Braves.
San Francisco got an insurance run in the seventh when Morse homered for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season.
Notes: The Braves continued their Heritage Weekend celebration on Saturday by honoring the Negro League and wearing the uniform of the Atlanta Black Crackers. The Giants wore the uniform of the San Francisco Sea Lions. The Braves honored 18 former Negro League players in an on-field ceremony before the game. … The Braves plan to activate RHP Gavin Floyd today, but have not announced the corresponding move. It is expected that RHP David Hale will be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Floyd is coming off Tommy John surgery and was signed in the offseason and expected to be placed in the rotation.
But the team’s starting pitching has been so good that Floyd may have difficulty pushing someone aside. … Giants RF Hunter Pence went 0-for-4 and had his hitting streak end at 10 games.