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SF@ATL: Teheran shuts out Giants through six frames

Oddly enough, his home ballpark is not a place of comfort for Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta. The Braves will certainly try to maintain that status quo this weekend.

The first game of the series is Friday in Milwaukee, where Peralta will take on Braves righty Julio Teheran. The Brewers as a team are 16-20 at home this year (4-7-1 in series play) while Peralta is 2-5 with a 7.34 ERA in eight starts. For his young career, he's 3-5 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 games at Miller Park.

Atlanta is coming off a 4-4 homestand that concluded Thursday night with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Mets. The Brewers, meanwhile, just finished a nine-game, 11-day road trip with a 4-5 record.

Peralta has not won since June 1, and he has taken a loss in two of his last three outings. He gave up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in his last outing on Sunday against the Reds.

He fell to 4-8 on the year with a 6.08 ERA -- second-highest among all Major League pitchers with enough innings to qualify.

"I think sometimes he tries to overthrow," said Peralta's catcher, Jonathan Lucroy. "It's a typical thing. You see it a lot in younger pitchers. They try to do too much. Hitters, too. I'm guilty of it as well; I try to do too much, and you press."

Teheran, meanwhile, tossed six scoreless frames against the Giants on Sunday, working his way out of two bases-loaded jams.

"Maturation, that's what it is," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Here's a guy that 12 starts ago, it might've blown up on him, and here's a guy that can compose himself. He's been through those situations, and he did a good job."

Braves: Hit 'em when it counts

• The Braves are 29-5 this year when scoring first in a game. Atlanta is 29-6 when it outhits opponents, while the club is 5-23 when it is outhit and 9-2 when the hits are equal.

• The Braves inked first-round pick Jason Hursh for $1.7 million on Wednesday. The hard throwing right-hander, who played collegiate ball at Oklahoma State, was the 31st overall selection in this month's Draft.

Brewers: Axford on a roll

• Reliever John Axford has not allowed a run in any of his last 18 appearances, spanning 16 1/3 innings.

In that span, opponents are batting .189 (11-for-58).

• Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura entered Thursday as two of just seven players in the Major Leagues with 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases this year.

Worth noting

• Craig Kimbrel is the first pitcher in Braves franchise history to record 20 saves in each of his first three seasons in the Majors. Gene Garber is the only Atlanta pitcher to record four 20-save seasons.

• Peralta faced the Braves once last season, a Sept. 10 start in Milwaukee in which he tossed six innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits.

• Friday marks the first meeting in 2013 between the two clubs. The Brewers haven't won a season series against the Braves since 2008.

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