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Giants return home, open set with Braves

May 28, 2015 - 1:12 PM ( - The San Francisco Giants are back home for the next seven games and will start a four-game series versus the Atlanta Braves Thursday at AT&T Park.

The Giants will also welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to town and are 19-7 this month. They are coming off a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and recorded a 3-1 win Wednesday behind Ryan Vogelsong's six innings of one-run ball and five strikeouts.

"He's locked in," Giants second baseman Joe Panik said. "He set the tone today. He had a runner on third base with less than two outs a couple of times and didn't give in."

Panik aided Vogelsong's effort with a two-run homer and Angel Pagan finished 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Giants, who have won 11 of their last 13 games and sit one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead.

San Francisco has scored 132 runs this month in 26 games and looks to give Chris Heston some support when he takes the mound Thursday. Heston is 4-3 with a 4.33 earned run average over nine starts and 2-0 in his last three outings. In Saturday's 10-8 loss at Colorado, Heston was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Heston, who recorded a complete game on May 12 at Houston, has never faced the Braves and is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in four home starts.

The Giants went 5-2 on their trip to Colorado and Milwaukee.

Atlanta got back into the win column with Wednesday's 3-2 defeat of the Dodgers and salvaged the finale of a three-game set. Andrelton Simmons scored on a wild pitch and Nick Markakis drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the decisive eighth inning.

Cameron Maybin homered among his two hits for the Braves, who have won eight of their last 12 games and are 1-2 on a 10-game road trip.

Alex Wood, who missed his last start because of an illness, got the win and limited Los Angeles to a run in seven innings.

"I'll be honest. I was nervous after not throwing for 10 days and being as sick as I was," Wood said. "It was kind of one of those things where before the game you tell yourself, 'I wonder what is going to happen tonight?'"

Shelby Miller draws the start for the Braves Thursday and is 5-1 with a solid 1.50 earned run average in nine starts. Miller is 2-0 over his previous four appearances and did not record a decision in Saturday's 3-2 win over Milwaukee, tossing six innings of two-run ball.

Miller threw a two-hitter his previous time out and has won both of his career starts against San Francisco. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five road starts.

The Giants went 5-1 against the Braves last season and the two clubs will meet again for three games in August at Turner Field.