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Braves rally in 10th to beat Giants

Apr 25, 2011 - 3:59 AM San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth's two-run single in the 10th inning helped lift the Braves over the Giants, 9-6, to cap a three-game sweep for Atlanta.

Jason Heyward added three hits, including a three-run homer, for the Braves, who have won four of their last six.

"We won three games from the world champs," said Chipper Jones, "so our confidence is at a different level than it was a week ago."

Eric O'Flaherty (1-1) earned the win with two scoreless, one-hit innings of relief.

Brian Wilson (0-1) took the loss after he gave up three runs in the 10th. He had thrown a scoreless ninth for the Giants, who have lost four straight.

"We're not playing Giants baseball right now," said Wilson. "We're scuffling a little bit, but we're still in the thick of things."

Jones celebrated his 39th birthday with a two-run double to left in the first inning. It plated Martin Prado, who led off the game with a walk and moved to third on Heyward's double.

Buster Posey's two-out home run in the fourth, following an Aubrey Huff double, knotted the game at two.

Heyward came up to bat with runners on first and second and two away in the seventh, and homered on a 1-2 count to put the Braves ahead 5-2.

But the Giants loaded the bases in their half of the seventh with one out, on consecutive singles by Pablo Sandoval, Pat Burrell, and Cody Ross. Miguel Tejada then worked a walk to bring in Sandoval, and a groundout to first by Nate Schierholtz scored Burrell. Aaron Rowand followed with a two-run double to give the Giants a 6-5 advantage.

Dan Uggla led off the eighth with a home run off Sergio Romo to tie the game, which went to extra innings after a quick ninth. Wilson and O'Flaherty both set the side down in order.

Wilson came back out in the 10th and worked himself into a bases-loaded jam with no outs. Back-to-back singles by Jones and Heyward preceded a walk to Uggla.

Wilson then got Freddie Freeman swinging and retired pinch-hitter Eric Hinske on a grounder to first baseman Huff, who threw home for the force out. It looked like Wilson would get out of the inning, but he allowed a single to McLouth on a full-count, allowing Uggla and Jones to come home.

The hit forced Wilson from the game, while Dan Runzler entered and allowed a single to Brian McCann that scored Hinske for a 9-6 lead.

Jonny Venters earned his first save of the year with a scoreless bottom half.

Neither starter factored in the decision.

Atlanta's Brandon Beachy lasted six innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out seven. Jonathan Sanchez went five innings and gave up two runs on two hits and three walks for the Giants, while fanning five.

Game Notes

Jones is one double shy of 500 for his career...The sweep was Atlanta's first of the season and the first three-game series sweep over the Giants since May 16-18, 2000...Atlanta left six men on base and San Francisco stranded only four.






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