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Giants use longball to down Braves

AP

Maybe the Giants won’t keep up their current home-run pace, but the surge in power isn’t a surprise to manager Bruce Bochy.

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse hit home runs, each to lead off an inning, and the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

The NL West-leading Giants have won four straight and eight of nine. The Braves, who lead the NL East, have lost five straight, their longest skid in two years.

The Giants have hit homers in 10 straight games, matching their longest run in almost four years. They trail only Colorado among the NL home-run leaders.

“I don’t think we’ll hit this many home runs, but I said before the season started this team is going to have more power,” Bochy said.

The Giants got only four hits. They scored all their runs on homers for the second straight night after hitting two homers in Friday night’s 2-1 win.

Posey, who hails from Leesburg, Georgia, hit his first homer at Turner Field.

“That is cool,” Posey said. “I watched so many games here — not so much coming here, but on TV.”

Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) allowed one run on five hits and four walks in six innings. The Giants have won the first two games of the weekend series with their last two starters in the rotation. Tim Lincecum took the win on Friday night.

“It’s great for that to happen,” Bochy said. “When you score two runs in the first one and three in the second and win both games, it’s not easy to do and it’s a credit to the pitching.”

Julio Teheran (2-2) gave up just four hits with no walks 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.”

Each team wore Negro Leagues throwback uniforms for the Heritage Game — the Atlanta Black Crackers and the 1946 San Francisco Sea Lions. Each ensemble featured high socks. Phillies 7, Nationals 2

In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche homered, and A.J. Burnett (2-1) allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Reds 6, Brewers 2

In Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto (3-2) gave up three hits over eight innings, including solo homers by by Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds, and singled in a run. Cubs 3, Cardinals 0

In Chicago, Jake Arrieta struck out seven and allowed four hits over 5⅓ innings in his season debut, helping the Cubs to their first three-game winning streak this season. Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3

In San Diego, Brandon McCarthy threw seven superb innings and Alfredo Marte drove in two runs as the Diamondbacks survived a ninth-inning rally for a win over the Padres. Dodgers 9, Marlins 7 (11)

In Miami, pinch hitter Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Dodgers escaped several late-inning jams to beat the Marlins. Rockies 11, Mets 10

In Denver, pinch hitter Charlie Culberson hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Kyle Farnsworth, and the Rockies, down by six runs early, rallied again to beat the Mets in a wild affair.

New York’s Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run on two hits and had two strikeouts in 2⅔ innings of relief. INTERLEAGUE Pirates 8, Blue Jays 6

In Pittsburgh, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth against Todd Redmond (0-3), capping a comeback from a 5-0 deficit.