ATLANTA - Mike Minor pitched six crisp innings to outduel Tim Lincecum, and Chipper Jones homered for the only run as the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Thursday night.
The Braves appeared to be at a distinct disadvantage with a fill-in starter going against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner.
But Minor (3-2) pitched brilliantly, allowing just four hits and one intentional walk while striking out a season-high nine. Only two runners got as far as second base.
Lincecum (11-10) surrendered five hits in seven innings with seven Ks. But he made one big mistake, serving up a high fastball that Jones sent into the right-field seats for his 11th homer leading off the fifth.
Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his 37th save.