Giants host Braves aiming to extend win streak

( - The San Francisco Giants target their fifth straight win Friday in the second installment of a four-game series versus the Atlanta Braves.

The Giants took Thursday's opener with a 7-0 decision thanks to Chris Heston's 7 1/3 shutout innings and a six-run ninth inning. Joe Panik stroked a two-run double during the frame and Hunter Pence added a two-RBI triple. Brandon Belt opened the scoring with an opposite-field home run in the seventh for the Giants, who are 20-7 this month and have won 12 of their last 14 games.

"It shows how well he hit the ball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Belt's opposite-field shot. "It says a lot about his power."

San Francisco, which sits just a half-game behind Los Angeles for the NL West lead, has won five in a row at home and will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games on this homestand.

Tim Hudson gets the start for the defending World Series champions and the former Brave is 2-4 with a 5.04 earned run average in nine starts. Hudson struggled his last time out in an 11-2 loss at Colorado and pitched just 3 2/3 innings, charged with eight runs and six hits.

Hudson has faced the Braves once in his career and tossed eight innings of two-run ball with two strikeouts and two walks.

Atlanta is 1-3 on its 10-game western jaunt and Shelby Miller was dealt the hard-luck loss last night. Miller gave up only one run and five hits in seven innings for the Braves.

"Shelby did his part," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You give up one run, you think you have a chance to win, and we did."

Freddie Freeman had one of Atlanta's four hits in defeat.

The Braves were shut out for the third time in the last seven games and will send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound Friday. Foltynewicz has a 3-1 record and a 4.25 earned run average in five starts and threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.

Foltynewicz will face the Giants for the first time.

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.