Not much went wrong in Braves left-hander Mike Minor's first start of the season. Although he took the loss, he surrendered only two runs in six innings against the Giants on May 2 at Turner Field.
He hopes for a similar showing as he faces Ryan Vogelsong in his second turn against San Francisco on Tuesday, attempting to put a rough outing against St. Louis on Wednesday behind him. He gave up six runs on 11 hits in only 4 1/3 innings in his second straight loss.
Minor has surrendered three homers in two Major League outings this season after giving up four long balls on a windy night in Pensacola, Fla., in his final rehab start in late April before rejoining Atlanta's rotation.
"The balls I've been throwing middle of the plate have been home runs. I don't know if there has been one guy who has mis-hit it," Minor said. "My first start when I gave up two home runs, the [Michael] Morse one, it was a bad pitch [but] he's just a big guy. But in the Cardinals game, when I gave up a home run to Peter Bourjos, it really made me mad. I'm not trying to take away from him being a good hitter. But I felt I was kind of giving in a little bit throwing a fastball over the middle of the plate and letting him hit it, instead of attacking him."
Every run looms large for the Braves, whose offense has struggled mightily in May. Atlanta has plated only 25 runs in 11 games this month and entered Monday ranked 28th in the Majors with a .223 (71-for-319) batting average in May.
Still, the Braves have remained competitive despite their offensive slump. The club's 11 May games have been decided by an average of 2.1 runs per game.
Meanwhile, the Giants are playing opponents even closer. San Francisco's 11 games in May have been decided by two runs per contest.
"You get accustomed to playing this style of ball -- the guys have and I think they're better because of it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "As I've said before, you have to learn that every pitch, every play, every at-bat counts in the game when you're playing as many close one-run games as we are. I think these guys are doing a good job of not drifting out there; they're keeping their focus and getting it done."
Braves: Johnson has rare off night in torrid May stretch
Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson finished 0-for-4 on Monday night as a small hiccup in a May that has otherwise been a rebound from a rough April.
Johnson is batting .357 (15-for-42) since May 1, raising his batting average from .231 to .271 in only 43 plate appearances. Johnson has a history of strong performances in May during his Major League career.
In 286 plate appearances, Johnson is batting .291 (78-for-268) with nine home runs and 39 RBIs during the season's second month.
Giants: Huff activated from disabled list
San Francisco activated left-handed reliever David Huff (tight left quadriceps) from the disabled list prior to Monday night's 4-2 win against Atlanta. He experienced no issues when going through a simulated pitcher's fielding practice.
"Throwing, I have no problem doing," Huff said. "Running, I probably have to back off because the quad is a little tight, but that's how every strain goes. It's just a matter of maintaining and being smart. As long as I can throw, cover first base and field a bunt, that's all I need to be doing."
• The Braves are 4-2 since snapping a seven-game losing streak last week.
• Tyler Colvin hit a solo shot in the second inning Monday night for his first home run in the Majors since homering against his current club for the Rockies on Sept. 11, 2012.
• Freddie Freeman and B.J. Upton homered in Atlanta's 4-2 loss Monday night, dropping the Braves to 16-5 in games during which they hit a home run this season.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.