ATLANTA (AP)—Javy Lopez is hoping that his swing is finally back.
Lopez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat San Francisco 6-3 Saturday night, snapping the Giants’ six-game winning streak.
Chipper Jones hit a game-tying homer earlier in the seventh and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta to its 20th win in 24 games.
“Hitting the way I’ve been hitting lately, tonight has to help my confidence,” said Lopez, who went 2-for-3 to lift his average to .242 with five homers and 11 RBIs.
He had been in a 4-for-24 slump entering the game.
“My confidence is there. It’s just been a matter of finding the holes once in a while,” he said. “It’s a big step for me. Maybe now I’ll start hitting like I can. Be more aggressive, be more selective and stop swinging at bad pitches.
Nathan entered the game with an 0.34 ERA. He had given up only one run and 11 hits in 23 1-3 innings and right-handed hitters were hitting only .109 against him until the seventh.
“I made a mistake to Lopez. It was a fastball up. I was trying to go away and left it up in the zone,” said Nathan, whose ERA rose to 1.50.
“I got some pitches to hit, some good swings and they fell in,” Chipper Jones said. “Home runs kind of come in bunches for me. I’ll try to ride the wave as long as I can, but it was a good, positive night for everybody.”
Galarraga has started only six games, but has made the most of them. The 41-year-old, who went 2-for-4, is batting .478 (11-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBIs in those games.
Ramirez allowed two runs, six hits and six walks in 6 2-3 innings.
Santiago, who hit a three-run homer and knocked in four runs in Friday night’s 9-2 win over the Braves, left nine men on base in his first four at-bats, including leaving the bases-loaded in the third and seventh.
Barry Bonds drew three walks, two intentional, in five trips to the plate.
Rueter allowed one run and five hits in six innings. The left-hander threw only 59 pitches, but left after running the bases in the seventh when he irritated his right knee which he injured earlier in the game covering firstbase. He’s not expected to miss his next start.
Giants 2B Ray Durham left the game in the fifth inning after he injured his right ankle sliding into third base, trying to stretch a double into a triple. X-rays indicated a sprained ankle and he is day to day. …The crowd of 39,357 was the second largest of the season at Turner Field. The Braves drew40,244 opening day against Montreal.