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Teheran seeks rebound effort in finale with Giants

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves will hope Julio Teheran can bounce back on Sunday afternoon and earn them a split of their four-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

Teheran struggled in his first start out west this season and hopes for better results today against the Giants.

After allowing one or fewer earned run in three of his first four starts this month, Teheran was tagged for a season-high eight runs over 4 1/3 frames of an 8-0 defeat to the hosting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. The righty also matched a season worst with 10 hits allowed and fanned only one over his outing as he dropped to 4-2 and saw his earned run average rise from 3.91 to 4.91.

"These guys swing the bat real well," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "(Teheran's) execution wasn't as good as we've seen him."

Teheran, who was handed his first loss since April 23, has split four prior starts against the Giants while pitching to a 3.86 ERA.

The Giants turn to Madison Bumgarner today hoping that the 2014 World Series MVP can win a fourth straight start.

Bumgarner won for the fifth time in six starts with Tuesday's 6-3 decision in Milwaukee. He yielded all three runs, but on just four hits and two walks over six innings. Bumgarner also struck out three, moving to 6-2 on the year with a 3.00 ERA.

The 25-year-old southpaw has decent career numbers against the Braves, going 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA in eight games.

The Braves were outscored 11-2 in losing the first two games of this set, but turned the table on Saturday with an 8-0 victory behind Williams Perez's seven scoreless innings.

"From the first pitch, I felt in command," Perez said through an interpreter.

Perez scattered four hits and walked four in his first MLB win, while Juan Uribe smacked a two-run homer among his three hits and three runs scored for Atlanta, which had dropped four of its last five games coming in.

"He pitched well. He was in and out, he hit his spots," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Perez.

Andrelton Simmons had two hits and a pair of RBI and Jace Peterson added three hits and three runs scored in the triumph.

Tim Lincecum surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 frames for the Giants, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. They also fell a half-game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

The Giants went 5-1 against the Braves last season and the two clubs will meet again for three games in August at Turner Field.