Braves' Hudson doesn't plunk Cabrera, but tensions linger

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Braves' Hudson doesn't plunk Cabrera, but tensions linger

ATLANTA Braves right-hander Tim Hudson didnt so much asbrush back Melky Cabrera during the Giants 3-2 loss Thursday.

But Hudson offered one zinger in his postgame interview.

We won the game. Thats all that matters, Hudson said.Whenever they want to strut around when they lose, thats fine. Thats theirown thing.

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Whether Cabrera showed up his former team or not -- and heinsisted he wasnt trying to embarrass anyone -- clearly the Braves are holdingonto some sour sentiments. So itll be interesting when these two contendingclubs cross paths again Aug. 23-26 at AT&T Park.

For now, the Giants were more focused on the fact they losta one-run game despite outhitting the Braves 9-3. As Buster Posey said, younever want to waste the kind of pitching performance that Madison Bumgarnergave them. Yet the Giants also cant feel too bad about merely taking two ofthree at Turner Field.

Its only their second series win out of 19 that theyveplayed here.

Cabrera fueled much of their success. He posted multiplehits in all three games while going 6 for 13 with a homer, a triple a double,four runs scored and three RBIs.

He didnt express satisfaction with his series whilespeaking with the help of center fielderresident Rosetta Stone Angel Pagan, somuch as he repeated his appreciation to be playing every day.

But he didclaim that the gestures and fun he was having on the field had nothing to dowith showing up his former team, who non-tendered him after a bust of a seasonin 2010.

Nor did he claim to pay heed to the boos that grew withevery hit he collected.

No, no, I didnt pay attention to that, Cabrera said.Just trying to play hard baseball. Sometimes when the adrenaline is reallyhigh, something might happen. Its not trying to embarrass anybody. Its justtrying to play hard and competitive.

The Braves expressed particular annoyance at the pelvicthrust movement that Cabrera and Gregor Blanco made after Blancos three-runhome run in the 11th inning Wednesday. (Chipper Jones, who called outCabrera after Wednesdays game, laughed as he pointed downward while receivingDavid Ross in the dugout following Rosss home run Thursday.)

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Blanco, a former Brave, was surprised by that. He said thelittle celebration move wasnt intended to mock the Braves, pointing outtheyve done it all season long.

It didnt have anything to do with them. I dont know whythey think that, Blanco said. They misunderstood what were trying to do. Meand Melky, we played here. We played in Kansas City. Thats just a thing we do.

Well keep doing it. Its just like a handshake. It makesthe game fun. Its a misunderstanding if they take it another way.

And what if the Braves let a little strategic time passbefore deciding to take a pot shot at Cabrera in San Francisco?

Hopefully not, Blanco said. Because we are all grown menand we are a team here, and wed respond back.

Early offense, six strong from Cueto lift Giants past Braves in finale

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Early offense, six strong from Cueto lift Giants past Braves in finale

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto pitched six strong innings and Brandon Crawford drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday.

Cueto (5-4) bounced back from his roughest stretch as a Giant. The two-time All-Star was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four starts.

The Giants won their third straight home series and posted their 11th victory in 18 games overall.

Crawford's two-run single highlighted a four-run second against R.A. Dickey (3-4) that made it 6-0.

The Giants scored their first run in the first inning on a passed ball by Kurt Suzuki, who was handling Dickey's knuckleballs.

Eduardo Nunez and Gorkys Hernandez each had two hits for the Giants. Joe Panik tripled to start the second-inning burst.

Matt Kemp had three hits for Atlanta. But the Braves couldn't get much going against Cueto, who allowed one run on six hits and a walk. Cueto struck out eight, including five in a row at one point.

Dickey allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks.

Giants catcher Buster Posey was 0 for 2 with two walks. He hasn't struck out in 55 consecutive plate appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Braves: 2B Brandon Phillips left the game in the top of the fifth for pinch-hitter Jace Peterson. Phillips fouled a ball off his foot in his last at-bat in the third.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner will start his throwing program on Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bumgarner will start out playing catch and make five rehab starts. The 2014 World Series MVP suffered a separated left shoulder in a dirt biking accident. "The progress is happening," Bochy said. "I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel." . Slumping rookie INF Christian Arroyo was out of the lineup on Sunday and his playing status appears uncertain. Arroyo, who turns 22 on Tuesday, is 0 for 19 in his last five games. "I'll talk to him, about what his situation is," Bochy said. "I'm definitely planning on giving him a couple of days" off.

UP NEXT:
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran will make his first career start against the Angels in Anaheim on Monday. Teheran is 3-9 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 career interleague starts.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore will face the Nationals for the second time in his career. He was with Tampa Bay when he gave up two runs in five innings against Washington in 2012.

Giants lineup: Posey catching, Nunez at third base against Braves

Giants lineup: Posey catching, Nunez at third base against Braves

The Giants look to win two straight against the Braves and Bruce Bochy has made a few changes to the lineup Sunday.

Atlanta Braves (21-26)

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. R.A. Dickey (R) P

San Francisco Giants (21-30)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P