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Two Hits Enough as Tommy Hanson Propels Atlanta Braves Past Florida Marlins

June 7th, 2011 at 7:31 AM
By Cody Fields

Though the Atlanta Braves only managed two hits, Tommy Hanson’s strong start moved Atlanta past the Florida Marlins and into sole possession of second place in the division.

Hanson (7-4, 2.59 ERA) threw six innings of shutout ball, surrendering only two hits and striking out six. He walked five, but the Marlins went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

“From the beginning, I felt really good with my stuff,” Hanson said. “There were some situations where I just barely missed.”

Alex Gonzalez provided the only scoring of the night with a solo homer off Brad Hand (0-1, 1.50 ERA) in the top of the fourth inning.

“A win is a win… We know we can score runs,” Gonzalez said. “We gotta forget about it and move on to tomorrow.”

Martin Prado singled in the ninth for the Braves’ only other hit. He also stole a base and was struck in the knee by an errant throw from Florida catcher John Buck. He hobbled around for a bit and stayed in the game.

“He’s fine,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ll obviously check it tomorrow, but a bone has to be sticking out for him not to be playing.”

Craig Kimbrel secured the win and his 18th save of the season, capping off three innings of scoreless Braves bullpen work put in by Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters.

With the Philadelphia Phillies’ loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta moved to within three games of the NL East lead. The Marlins fell to four games back.

Fredi Gonzalez was not about to lose focus on the series with the Marlins to talk about his and Dan Uggla’s first trip back to Miami since their arrival in Atlanta.

“You’re talking to the wrong guy about that,” Gonzalez said.

The win was the Braves’ first with only two hits since Sept. 25, 2004, when the Braves beat the Marlins 1-0.

Tomorrow’s contest pits Derek Lowe (3-4, 4.07 ERA) against Florida’s Ricky Nolasco (4-1, 3.99 ERA).

Tags: Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Craig Kimbrel, Florida, Florida Marlins, John Buck, Jonny Venters, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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