ATLANTA -- Giants ace Tim Lincecum was every bit as good as advertised on Sunday. The slightly built flame throwing righty allowed just one run in seven and two thirds innings and struck out 10 Atlanta Braves as the San Francisco Giants held on for a 3-1 victory.
Showcasing his mid-90's fastball and nasty breaking pitches, Lincecum (13-3) carved up the Braves and allowed just three hits on the afternoon. The 10 punch-outs give Lincecum a Major League leading 192 for the season.
Lincecum departed with two outs in the eighth, but Atlanta scratched out a run when Mark Kotsay dropped a run-scoring single into centerfield off Jack Taschner to plate Yunel Escobar with Atlanta's first and only run.
Travis Ishikawa put the Giants on the board in the second inning, belting a two-run homer off Braves starter Charlie Morton that would give Lincecum all the run support he would need. San Francisco added another run in the fifth when Emmanuel Burriss singled home Randy Winn.
Morton (3-7) has yet to record a victory at Turner Field but rebounded from a rough start against the Chicago Cubs his last time out. All three Giants runs were charged to Morton over six innings of work.
Atlanta's home stand has not gone according to plan, as opponents have been victorious in five of the six contests thus far and outscored Atlanta 42-22 in that time.
On Deck: Atlanta will send Jorge Campillo to the mound as they seek to split the four-game series. The Giants will counter with left-hander Barry Zito. Game time is set for 4:30 PM EST.