Posey, Giants silence red-hot Braves

4:26 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Giants made short work of Jair Jurrjens on Tuesday night and put an end to the Braves' seven-game winning streak.

Buster Posey drove in a season-high five runs, Barry Zito threw seven shutout innings and San Francisco rolled to a 9-0 victory in the opener of a three- game series that was all but over minutes after Jurrjens walked off the field in the fourth inning.

How bad were things for Jurrjens and the Braves? The resurgent right-hander was out of the game with his team trailing 8-0 before Zito gave up his first hit in the fourth inning.

Zito (8-6) allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out four on a night when the Giants needed far less from the lefty to extend their winning streak to four games.

Eight of the Giants' runs were charged to Jurrjens -- six in the fourth -- to match a career-worst for the former All-Star.

Indeed, Jurrjens (3-3) looked less like the pitcher who went 3-0 in his last four starts since being called back up from the minors last month, and more like the pitcher who was sent down after laboring to an 0-2 record and a 9.37 ERA in his first four outings this season.

He gave up eight hits and three walks and threw 73 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, pulled from the game with Atlanta in a 5-0 hole. Posey delivered a three-run double off Luis Avilan minutes later, all of the runs charged to Jurrjens.

Posey, who had three hits, knocked in the first two runs with a double in the first inning and a single in the third before the Giants really poured it on.

Angel Pagan and Hector Sanchez hit back-to-back singles leading off the fourth; Pagan reached when Jurrjens failed to touch first base while covering the bag, and Sanchez would leave with a sprained left knee.

Zito then made it 3-0 with a single he slapped past a drawn-in Chipper Jones at third base.

It snowballed for Jurrjens after that. Following a walk to Gregor Blanco and RBI singles by Ryan Theriot and Melky Cabrera, he was pulled for Avilan, who made his second major league appearance.

Posey greeted the reliever with a double to the left-center field wall, scoring all three runners for an 8-0 lead.

It marked the third time this season Atlanta allowed six runs in an inning.

It matched the worst career outing runs-wise for Jurrjens, who also gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings to the San Diego Padres on April 12, 2010.

Zito also helped another run cross in the fifth, bunting Brandon Crawford to second after a single. Crawford scored on Blanco's single a batter later for a 9-0 lead.

Game Notes

Sanchez is day-to-day...The Braves are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the teams...The Giants, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Astros, started a six-game road trip against the Braves and Phillies...Zito got his third win in his last seven starts...Atlanta's seven-game winning streak was its longest since a nine-gamer from May 26 to June 3, 2010.

 

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