Braves Take It In 12

Marcus Giles got a chance to extend his hitting streak. He would have been fine with the game ending three innings earlier. Giles' two-out single in the 12th drove in the winning run, giving Atlanta a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants after the Braves squandered a three-run lead in the ninth Wednesday night.

Andruw Jones added to his major league lead with two more homers, sending the Braves to the ninth with a 4-1 lead. But the Giants rallied for three runs off John Smoltz.

That gave Giles two extra at-bats in extra innings. He struck out in the 10th but came through in the 12th with two runners on, lining a single to left off Brian Cooper (0-1).

"I was thinking, 'Geez, you're not to make out again, are you?" Giles quipped. "I was just trying to put a ball in play up the middle. I missed one hanging slider by swinging too hard. I stepped out and told myself to relax. A single was as good as a homer."

Wilson Betemit, who led off the inning with a walk after striking out four straight times, easily beat the throw home.

"It was nice to keep the hitting streak alive," Giles said. "But I would have been happy going 0-for-3 and getting a 4-1 win."

Blaine Boyer (1-1) earned his first major league win with two scoreless innings.


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