Michael Morse was one of the last players to emerge in what had been a lively clubhouse after Friday night's 2-1 victory, which was provided by his tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning.

When someone asked where Morse was, Jeremy Affeldt said with a straight face, "He's lifting, so he can hit them farther."

Actually, Morse helped lift the Giants to their seventh win in eight games with a rare fence-scraper, a high flyball down the right-field line that Jason Heyward thought he might catch if he climbed the fence high enough.

A reporter suggested it looked like a pop-up off the bat, to which manager Bruce Bochy said, "He's got a little different pop-up than the rest of us."

For Morse and the Giants, May started the way much of April went. The Giants won a one-run game with good pitching and their 35th and 36th home runs.

Angel Pagan hit Mike Minor's second pitch of the night into the left-field seats. For one night, the leadoff hitter can say he struck a home run better than did Morse, who said, "I didn't get it on the sweet spot, but I kind of muscled it out."

If that's how the Giants have to win until they can solve their long-standing clutch-hitting woes, so be it. Bochy loves to see his hitters keep the line moving, but for now, he said, "Home runs are a beautiful thing, especially when you're facing good pitching and you're probably not going to string hits together. You hope a couple of guys run into one."

The Braves ran into the good Tim Lincecum, who earned his second win with six strong innings. He lost the 1-0 lead he had cradled since the first inning on Freddie Freeman's two-out RBI single in the fifth, but otherwise continued his career-long success against Atlanta.

In another round of "Timmy's not like the rest of them," Lincecum admitted what few other players will: that success against a particular team is not merely luck and can help tilt the scales in future encounters.

"I've got to give myself a pat on the back for what I've been doing and take that out there as motivation," Lincecum said. "I've always done OK against these guys, so I tried to take that out there. You look for anything to give you that positive mind-set."

Aside from two series in the 2002 and 2010 postseasons, the Giants have not had many positive experiences at Turner Field since it opened for baseball in 1997. In fact, they have won only two regular-season series here.