ATLANTA — Matt Cain snapped his three-game skid with eight five-hit innings, and the Giants barely avoided another loss to Atlanta in the final at-bat, holding on for a 7-5 victory Wednesday night.
The Giants broke it open with four runs in the fourth inning, one on Cain's sacrifice fly. But he did his best work on the mound, giving up only an unearned run in the first on Chipper Jones' bases-loaded walk.
The Braves scored four in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate. But Brian McCann struck out swinging against Jeremy Affeldt.
San Francisco pounded All-Star Jair Jurrjens, who wasn't sharp in his first start coming off the disabled list.
The Braves won the first two games of the series, rallying for three runs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory Monday then pulling out a 2-1 win in 11 innings Tuesday. They nearly did it again, closing to 7-5 on Martin Prado's two-run double after Giants shortstop Orlando Cabrera dropped Michael Bourn's soft blooper behind the mound.