Suzuki helps Braves outlast Giants, 12-11

ATLANTA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki hit a go-ahead RBI single and Lane Adams delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer in Atlanta’s eight-run fifth inning, and the Braves beat Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants 12-11 on Thursday.

The Braves won three of four in the series to cap San Francisco’s 1-7 road trip.

Adams’ homer was the first of his career.

Brandon Phillips led off the big inning with a homer off Cain (3-7), the first of six straight hits. Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate, then singled to left to give Atlanta a 7-6 lead as the Braves finished with nine hits in the inning.

The Braves and Giants combined for seven homers, including four by Atlanta, and 31 hits. Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer in the first, and Matt Adams hit his third homer of the series, and 13th of the season, in the fourth.

Braves closer Jim Johnson gave up two runs in the ninth but got his 14th save in 19 chances.

Buster Posey drove in three runs with a homer and two doubles for San Francisco. Joe Panik led off the fifth with a homer and Brandon Belt hit his 13th homer off Ian Krol in the eighth.

Cain doubled in two runs in the second, but he couldn’t hold a 5-2 lead. Cain fell to 0-5 in eight road starts as he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Braves starter Jaime Garcia allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Rookie Jason Hursh (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the fifth for his first major league win.