ATLANTA — Despite his various struggles over the last three years, Tim Lincecum always likes facing the Atlanta Braves.
“I've always done OK against these guys” he said, “so I was just trying to take that out there today, a positive mindset.”
Michael Morse and Angel Pagan homered, Lincecum allowed one run over six innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Friday night.
San Francisco spoiled the season debut of Braves starter Mike Minor with its seventh victory in eight games.
Atlanta has a season-high four-game losing streak.
After missing the first month of the season with left shoulder tendinitis, Minor (0-1) allowed seven hits, two runs, no walks and struck out four.
He trailed 1-0 when Pagan led off the game with his third homer and was down 2-1 in the sixth after Morse added his seventh homer.
Lincecum (2-1) gave up six hits and three walks with four strikeouts and kept Braves hitters off balance by keeping his pitches low in the strike zone and added a sharp curveball and slider.
Though Lincecum's ERA still stands at 5.12 this season, San Francisco has won his past four starts, and the right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA over that span.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner improved to 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 career starts against the Braves.
“I was just trying to go with what (catcher Hector Sanchez) put down, trying to get into a good rhythm, and today it turned out pretty good,” Lincecum said. “I was just trying to attack the zone and make them be aggressive, which they are.”
Lincecum had problems in the fifth by walking leadoff hitter Gerald Laird, who advanced on Jason Heyward's single and scored from second on Freddie Freeman's RBI single.