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ATL@LAD: Medlen fans six over 6 2/3 shutout frames

You'd have a tough time selling the West Coast as a tourist attraction to the Braves.

Atlanta went 2-5 during its recent road trip, which featured stops in Los Angeles and San Diego. On Friday, the Braves will look to take care of a different West Coast club -- and not in a hospitable manner. They'll send Kris Medlen to the hill in the series opener of a three-game set against San Francisco, with left-hander Madison Bumgarner scheduled to throw for the visiting Giants.

San Francisco closed a three-game set in Pittsburgh with 17 hits in a resounding 10-0 victory Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep by the Pirates. Atlanta was off Thursday and now it's back to work at Turner Field, where the Braves have 21 wins and just seven losses, the fewest home total in baseball.

Medlen fought through mechanical problems during his first eight outings of 2013, but lately he's been pitching like the guy who compiled a 0.97 ERA in 12 regular-season starts a year ago.

"I wouldn't say I feel like I did last year, but I feel more consistent than I did in my first five, six or seven starts this year," said Medlen, who's gone 13 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. On the season, the righty is 3-6 with a 2.87 ERA.

As for Bumgarner, the southpaw is coming off an appearance in which he shut out Arizona over five innings before allowing three runs in the sixth. He was removed after issuing a single, a walk and a run-scoring double. Bumgarner is 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA over 13 starts this season.

The trip to Atlanta marks the final stop of a nine-game road trip for the Giants. They took two out of three in Arizona before losing two of three in Pittsburgh.

Giants: Tough times on the road for SF
San Francisco has a 13-20 record away from AT&T Park, including losses in 12 of their last 17 road games.

• Manager Bruce Bochy, who will lead the National League All-Star squad as the manager of last year's World Series-winning Giants, selected Washington manager Davey Johnson and Mets manager Terry Collins as his coaches for the July 16 Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. Bochy's Giants coaching staff will also join him at the game.

Braves: Heyward's bat heating up
This season hasn't been easy on Jason Heyward, but he's been turning things around lately. The right fielder is riding a 10-game hitting streak, during which he finally managed to hoist his batting average over the .200 mark.

After going 2-for-5 on Wednesday, Heyward is batting .215. Over his last 10 games, Heyward is hitting .395 (17-for-43) with three doubles, three homers and four RBIs. He has also scored eight runs while striking out six times and taking three free passes.

Worth noting
• The Giants took three out of four games from Atlanta when they hosted the Braves from May 9-12. San Francisco outscored the Braves 21-10.

• Giants infielder Marco Scutaro was diagnosed with a "mallet finger" on the little finger of his left hand. The Giants are considering different treatment options.

• Atlanta is 9-11 vs. the National League West. Against the NL East, the Giants are 6-4.

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