Braves' bats silenced again in 3-1 loss to Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — With the Atlanta Braves stuck in their longest losing streak in two years, Fredi Gonzalez is looking for more help from his hitters.

For the second straight night against the San Francisco Giants, an inability to deliver with runners on base cost Atlanta.

Julio Teheran allowed four hits, but three were home runs and that was too much for the Braves' struggling offense to overcome in a 3-1 loss Saturday night.

The Braves, who lead the NL East, have lost five straight. They stranded seven baserunners.

"We're getting people on base," Gonzalez said. "Now we've got to get them in.

"Our offense has got to help us out a little bit."

The Braves' only run came in the third. Jason Heyward walked, stole second and scored on B.J. Upton's double to the wall in left.

The Braves have scored no more than one run in 11 of 29 games this season.

"Same story as last night," said Chris Johnson, who was 0 for 4. "We left a lot of guys on base, myself included. You can't win a ball game when you leave that many guys on base."

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse hit home runs, each to lead off an inning, for the NL West-leading Giants, who have won four straight and eight of nine.

The Giants scored all their runs on homers for the second straight night after hitting two homers in Friday night's 2-1 win.

"They say solo home runs don't beat you," Gonzalez said. "They beat us two nights in a row."

Teheran (2-2) didn't walk a batter in seven innings, but allowed a season-high three runs. The three homers allowed set a career high.

Teheran said the homers were his only three mistakes.

"They were the pitches that I wanted to throw and where I wanted to throw them but I have to take my hat off to them," Teheran said. "... All my pitches were working really good. I made three mistakes and it cost me three runs."

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