The Atlanta Braves did not throw up 10 runs Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the offense scored just enough to support a gem thrown by Tommy Hanson to win the club's fifth straight game.
Hanson evened his record at 2-2 by throwing seven strong innings, getting charged with only two runs and five hits while striking out seven. The 3-2 win was the third consecutive quality start by an Atlanta starter after Mike Minor threw eight innings on Thursday and Brandon Beachy went 7 1/3 innings Friday.
The Braves needed only three to support Hanson, and the difference came in the first inning. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado started the game with consecutive singles off Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. Brian McCann would reach on an Aaron Hill error, and Chipper Jones drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded to score the game's first run.
The run was the ninth Bourn has scored in his last 11 games.
Gerardo Parra hit a one-out double in the bottom of the first and would later score on a ground ball by Miguel Montero to tie the game.
Prado would follow in the second inning with an RBI-single, but Jason Kubel hit a solo homer off Hanson to tie the game again in the same inning.
Dan Uggla would settle the score with a deep solo home run off Saunders, who threw well in his own right over seven innings.
After Hanson threw his seven solid innings, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel worked perfect eighth and ninth innings. The innings were so perfect, in fact, that they struck out all six batters they faced.
The Braves have now won five straight games and 10 of their last 11.
The Braves will look to Randall Delgado, opposite Ian Kennedy, to complete the four-game sweep Sunday in a 4:10 start.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Joe Saunders, Jonny Venters, Martin Prado, MLB, Tommy Hanson