ATLANTA -- In a bit of a twist on the old Earl Weaver philosophy, the Giants are developing their own simple formula for achieving victory -- pitching, defense and one-run homers.

For the second straight night at Turner Field, the Giants didn't drive home a runner from scoring position because they didn't have to. They just knocked the ball out of the park again in claiming a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse all connected for solo home runs. Ryan Vogelsong gutted through six innings and allowed just one run, then turned it over to the Giants' lockdown bullpen to finish the club's eighth win in nine games.

If it couldn't be any more mortifying for the Braves, they continued a disturbing pattern of hitting the ball to Brandon Crawford. After an early error, Crawford showed Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons that he might have some competition for the Gold Glove this year at shortstop with more stellar defensive work, including an eye-popping grab-360-spin-and-throw for the final out.

"Similar game to last night, the long ball won it for us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're not getting any runs with runners in scoring position, but we're getting solo home runs. It's working."

Indeed, the Giants have now hit 39 homers in 30 games. The Giants didn't hit their 39th homer last year until Game No. 50. If there's an oddity to it, it's that the team's last nine homers have all been solo shots, and they lead the majors with 28 solo blasts.


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Bochy doesn't expect the Giants' home run pace to continue, but he'll ride it as long as it lasts.

"I didn't think we'd hit this many home runs, but I said before the season started this team's going to have more power," Bochy said. "Our lineup is healthy, Belt is coming into his own, Buster's bouncing back to have a nice year, and then we've added adding Morse and (Brandon) Hicks."

When you get the kind of pitching the Giants have received the last two days, that kind of power output can be enough. Mirroring Tim Lincecum the night before, Vogelsong tiptoed through some gnarly jams in the second, third and fifth innings but finished strong with a three-strikeout sixth.

"That was my best inning," Vogelsong said. "A lot of that is that I knew I probably would be done, so I let it all out there that last inning and finished strong."

It was the second consecutive strong outing for Vogelsong (1-1) and his first good performance on the road after giving up nine runs, including five homers, in his first two starts away from AT&T Park. Even though he got himself in some jams with four walks, he kept the ball consistently down and was better able to attack hitters now that he has worked out a mechanical issue with his legs.

The Giants, who won 2-1 on solo homers by Angel Pagan and Morse in the series opener, got only four hits against Braves starter Julio Teheran (2-2), who came into the game with the National League's second-best ERA at 1.47. But they upped their record to 19-11 by jumping ahead, which has been fundamental to their success so far -- they are 14-1 when they score first.

Belt slammed his eighth homer over the right-center field wall in the second inning on a 1-0 pitch, and after the Braves tied it with a run in the third on B.J. Upton's RBI double, Posey gave the Giants the lead right back with a 1-1 blast to left-center to lead off the fourth, his seventh of the season. It was the first-ever long ball at Turner Field for Posey, who grew up in nearby Leesburg, Georgia.

"Yeah, it's kind of cool, having grown up and watched so many games here," said Posey, who believes the Giants are hitting more homers simply because "we're having a lot of good at-bats."

Morse gave the Giants an insurance run in the seventh inning when he hit his eighth home run of the year, a towering shot to left-center off Teheran.

From there, relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi and Sergio Romo shut out the Braves over the final three innings and allowed just one base runner, with Romo earning his ninth save.

Crawford made it easy, initiating a double play that erased a leadoff walk in the eighth and then finishing the game with his spectacular spin-and-peg.

"All three of them are ground ball pitchers," he said. "Obviously, I'm always ready whoever is pitching, but I'm probably a little more on my toes with those guys. It's nice, too, because those guys can spot up and I can cheat whichever way I want to."

The Giants will now go for their first sweep of the Braves at Turner Field, with Madison Bumgarner on the mound Sunday. The Giants haven't swept a three-game series in Atlanta since 1988, when the Braves played at Fulton County Stadium.

sunday's game
Giants (Madison Bumgarner 2-3) at Atlanta (Alex Wood 2-4) 10:35 a.m., CSNBA