No encore for Giants' closer

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Nate McLouth's two-run single in the 10th inning off San Francisco reliever Brian Wilson lifted the Braves to victory and a sweep of the 3-game series.

SAN FRANCISCO --- All those times Brian Wilson and his bushy, black beard strutted around AT&T Park after wins last postseason was enough for the Atlanta Braves.


They made sure there was no encore Sunday.

Nate McLouth hit a two-run single off Wilson with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 for a three-game sweep in a rematch of last season's NL division series.

"The environment in here is really second to none. So to walk out of here with a sweep, it's something not a lot of teams do," McLouth said. "And we did it."

The Braves beat ace Tim Lincecum, postseason nemesis Madison Bumgarner and Wilson over the three games to highlight a weekend at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark they won't soon forget.

The finale had contributions from all over: Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and a double, then singled in the 10th. Dan Uggla homered and Chipper Jones had a two-run double, single and walked twice on his 39th birthday.

The result was Atlanta's first sweep of any kind in San Francisco since 1998.

"You win three games off the world champs," Jones said, "and confidence is at a different level."

Heyward and Jones started the 10th inning with singles against Wilson (0-1) before Uggla walked to load the bases. Wilson got two quick outs and nearly escaped the jam before McLouth's grounder up the middle provided the go-ahead runs. Brian McCann added an RBI single off Dan Runzler.

Eric O'Flaherty (1-1) pitched two innings for the win and Jonny Venters earned his first save of the season.

Buster Posey had a two-run homer and Aaron Rowand hit a two-run double to help the Giants erase a three-run deficit and take a 6-5 lead in the seventh. But the Giants couldn't match their postseason magic from a year ago, when they beat the Braves in four games en route to the title.

"We know we're not playing Giants baseball right now," said Wilson, who led the majors with 48 saves last season. "We're scuffling a little bit, but we're still right in the thick of things. (Our record) is not horrible considering the kind of games we have lost. We just need to get on a good role and start remembering how to play good baseball."

Braves starter Brandon Beachy retired the first 11 batters until Aubrey Huff hit a towering double off the right-field wall and Posey followed with a home run in the fourth.



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