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Rookie Williams Perez leads Atlanta Braves to 8-0 shutout of San Francisco Giants
Right-hander picks up first major league win
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Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a game Saturday in San Francisco. - photo by George Nikitin

SAN FRANCISCO — Juan Uribe hit a towering two-run drive in the ninth for his first homer since joining Atlanta, Williams Perez shut down San Francisco for his first major league win, and the Braves beat the Giants 8-0 on Saturday night.

Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin each hit a pair of RBI singles, while Christian Bethancourt and Freddie Freeman also singled in runs off Tim Lincecum, who was chased after just 4 1/3 innings.

Jace Peterson was a home run shy of a natural cycle with his first career three-hit game.

Uribe, acquired from the Dodgers on Thursday, hit his second home run this year and first since April 25, this one off Jean Machi.

Lincecum (5-3) had his home scoreless streak end at 23 innings on Simmons' second-inning single.

Perez (1-0) allowed four hits in seven innings in his third major league start. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked four in an impressive 105-pitch performance and also had his first career hit with a sixth-inning single.

Uribe, in his third game since the trade, and Peterson each hit leadoff doubles that got the Braves going. Atlanta scored in four straight innings for the first time this season, and scored eight or more runs for the seventh time.

Atlanta bounced back from losses in the first two games of the series with just its second win in six games, having been outscored 25-3 in those defeats.

The Giants had their six-game home winning streak snapped with just their third loss in 16 games.
Lincecum was handed his first loss this month after a 4-0 start.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner missed a chance to go unbeaten over six straight starts for the first time since 10 in a row from Oct. 1, 2009, to May 20, 2010.

Lincecum's scoreless streak at AT&T Park was the longest active home streak in the majors and his longest since a career-high 27 innings from June 13-July 11 last year that included his June 25 no-hitter against San Diego.

San Francisco still has a chance to wrap up its most successful May in 61 years with a win in Sunday's finale. A 22-win month would be the club's best since the 1954 World Series-winning New York club went 24-4 in June.

The Giants, who had won 11 of 14 against Atlanta and seven of eight at AT&T Park, stranded 11 baserunners.


Braves: INF/OF Kelly Johnson, who hasn't played since May 13 because of an oblique strain, continues to take dry swings only. "We're not close, I don't think," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain threw batting practice to test his injured elbow. If all feels fine Sunday, he would travel to Arizona on Wednesday to pitch in game-type situations. ... RHP Jake Peavy felt some discomfort in his strained back. "We will back him off a little bit," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's nice to know we'll get Matty, Jake, too, in our back pocket."


Tennis great Billie Jean King sat alongside San Francisco CEO Larry Baer near the home dugout, donning a black and orange striped Giants scarf. Her brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched 10 of his 12 seasons for the Giants.


Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.91 ERA) seeks his first win against San Francisco after going 0-2 against the Giants in 2014.

Giants: LHP World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner (6-2, 3.00) looks to win his fifth straight start against Atlanta. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.80 facing the Braves during that streak. The Giants have won six of Bumgarner's last seven outings and he is 5-1 over his last six.

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