Thursday, July 23, 2009
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ATLANTA - Jair Jurrjens gave up three hits in 72/3 innings, Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer and the surging Atlanta Braves beat Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Escobar's third-inning homer gave the Braves the 4-0 lead over Lincecum, who lost for the first time in five weeks.
The Braves are 6-1 since the All-Star break and are 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. Jurrjens (9-7) earned his third straight win and set a season high with nine strikeouts while allowing one run.
The Giants are 1-5 on their 10-game trip, including three straight losses to the Braves. Overall, they have lost six of seven.
Lincecum (10-3), the NL's All-Star starter, lost for the first time since June 17.