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TOR@SF: Lincecum fans six over seven strong frames

With the Sunday night lights shining down on a big National League interdivisional matchup, the Giants will be trying to make a little bit of history while the Braves will try to keep things at Turner Field going just the way they have been in the present.

If the Giants win, they'll clinch back-to-back series in Atlanta for the first time since 1990. If the Braves win, the Majors' best home team will have held its ground.

With the Giants hoping they're righting their rotation ship on their 10-game road trip, they send Tim Lincecum to the mound in the final game of that journey, and he'll be meeting fellow right-hander Julio Teheran in a rubber match.

The Giants have won only two series in Atlanta since 1994 and now are a combined 24-52-1 during that span. But after taking two of three in 2012, the Giants with a win would claim back-to-back series victories for the first time since April 11-12 and June 8-10, 1990 -- incidentally, the year the Braves were worst in their division, then the NL West, for the last time before claiming 14 consecutive division titles.

Back to the present, the Giants will be trying to make that history in the venue that has been least hospitable to visiting teams on the scoreboard. The Braves on Saturday upped their home record to 22-8, their .733 winning percentage at home leading all of baseball.

On the mound, Lincecum is still looking to get his season on track one day after turning 29 years old. Lincecum has lost six of his last eight decisions, throwing his two shortest games of his season in his last three outings but sandwiching his best in between. He allowed one run on three hits in seven innings against Toronto before lasting just 4 2/3 innings in Pittsburgh earlier this week to take the loss.

After prime-time performances by Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner on this turn of the rotation, the Giants are hoping Lincecum can catch on and get some momentum going for the Giants' starting staff.

"Over the past week to 10 days, our starters have been going deeper into the game for us," catcher Buster Posey said earlier this week. "I don't think there was anybody in here who didn't feel that was going to happen eventually."

Teheran, meanwhile, had a strong start against the Giants last month, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings to get the victory. Since then, he flirted with a no-hitter against Pittsburgh on June 5, following that up by allowing five runs in six innings against the Padres.

As the Giants and Braves prepare for their last meeting of the 2013 season, Braves newcomer Chris Johnson knows why the Giants have become such a formidable foe, having competed against them in the NL West as a member of the D-backs.

"They do everything right. It seems like they have every tool," Johnson said.

The same could be said for the Braves, so that sets up quite the Sunday night matchup.

Giants: Posey likes home cooking
Posey continues to enjoy facing the team from his home state of Georgia, running his hitting streak against the Braves to 13 games with a double Saturday. Posey is hitting .404 (21-for-52) with two homers and 16 RBIs in that span.

• With Marco Scutaro still unavailable and Tony Abreu coming off a left knee problem, it's likely Nick Noonan will start at second base Sunday. Abreu started Friday and Saturday, but the Giants are being cautious with his knee. Scutaro tested his injured left pinkie by taking batting practice Saturday and is expected to be fitted with an orthotic device when the team returns to San Francisco.

Braves: B.J. doubles down
B.J. Upton brushed his season-long doldrums to the side for a day with a pair of homers Saturday. Upton now has six career multi-homer games, and Saturday's was his fourth in his past 109 games, dating back to Aug. 11, 2012.

• With his game-winning single in the ninth inning Saturday, Freddie Freeman continued to deliver with runners in scoring position. Through Saturday's game, he is batting .446 (25-for-56) with RISP, coming through with the game winner after missing out on two earlier opportunities.

Worth noting
• The Giants are now 7-5 vs. the NL East, still working toward doing better than they did a year ago at 15-19.

• The Braves are 25-22 so far in a stretch of games in which they're playing 56 games in 59 days.

• Following the Sunday night game, the Giants will fly home overnight with a series against the Padres starting Monday night at AT&T Park. The Braves continue their 11-game homestand with five games against the Mets, including a split doubleheader Tuesday. Comments