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ATL@CIN: Medlen fans six over seven solid innings

Through the last couple of games matching two of the National League's powerhouses, the Giants have brought plenty of offensive power to their house against the Braves.

With two games that featured contributions throughout the lineup, the Giants have combined to outscore the Braves 18-3 in the last two games of their four-game set, knocking strong starters Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm out of both games early after the Braves claimed the opener Thursday.

On Sunday, it will be Kris Medlen's turn to try to stem the tide of Giants runs while San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum takes the mound to try to follow the strong outings by Matt Cain on Friday night and Madison Bumgarner on Saturday.

If the Giants' offense continues to go the way it has the past couple of days, Lincecum could figure on having plenty of support.

"It's nice to have a little bit of a cushion like that again," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't do this very often, but it makes it easier."

In Medlen, the Giants will be facing a Braves starter who has been excellent not only lately but dating back to 2012. Since the 2012 All-Star break, Medlen has posted a 1.68 ERA in 19 starts -- the lowest ERA in the Majors during that time span. But Medlen has just one victory to show for his efforts this season.

Medlen's last outing against the Giants came last year, when he allowed one hit and one walk in one relief inning. Overall, he has gone 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six career outings vs. San Francisco, including one start.

Lincecum, meanwhile, is once again trying to find a positive groove, having recorded just two quality starts among his first seven outings. He gave up five runs on nine hits in seven innings against Philadelphia his last time out, and he owns a 6-5 record and a 3.28 ERA against Atlanta for his career.

Braves: McCann likes facing Lincecum
After getting a scheduled day off Saturday, catcher Brian McCann will be in the lineup Sunday as one of Lincecum's top nemesis batters. He is batting .345 (10-for-29) with four doubles and a homer against Lincecum, and he is batting .330 (29-for-88) with four homers (including two this week) at AT&T Park for his career.

Interim manager Carlos Tosca says the way McCann is swinging the bat now is encouraging after the six-time All-Star struggled through shoulder discomfort most of last season.

"This guy looks like the guy who won all of the Silver Slugger Awards, whereas before you could see it was bothering him," Tosca said. "To his credit, he has worked real hard."

Giants: Scutaro keeps scooting along
From the time they got him in August all the way through October last year, the Giants knew Marco Scutaro as a hitting machine in the No. 2 spot. After a bit of a rough start to the 2013 season, he's back in that mode.

With two more hits Saturday, Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 11 games, batting .488 (21-for-43) with 10 runs scored during the streak.

"It's more of a case that he's healthy," Bochy said. "That back issue's not there right now. He got that cleared up, and it freed him up and he's back to feeling the way he felt last year when he was swinging good, and that's 100 percent."

Worth noting
• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will be back at the helm Sunday after missing two games attending his daughter's college graduation.

• Following Sunday's game, the Giants will embark on a road trip that will include their first Interleague games of the season, a two-game set at Toronto that begins Tuesday. The Braves continue on to Arizona, where Justin Upton will have his homecoming to the club that drafted him.

• The Braves and Giants will meet again next month, when the Giants visit Turner Field for three games June 14-16. Comments