Tommy Hanson put together a historic win Wednesday afternoon in the rubber game of the Atlanta Braves' series visiting the Miami Marlins. Despite his rollercoaster of an outing, the Braves won 7-1 at Marlins Park.
In Hanson's five innings, he struck out seven while also giving up seven walks and seven stolen bases. The Marlins' only run would come off a two-out RBI-double by Justin Ruggiano in the third inning, but Hanson would somehow hold that Marlins to that single run, even though they put a runner on second with less than two outs in each of the first five innings.
"I have no idea how I did that," Hanson said. "I don't even know if that has ever happened. I was obviously having a hard time locating my fastball and throwing strikes when I needed to. I've got some work to do. The good thing is we still won, and hopefully I can do a better job next time."
Hanson became the first pitcher since Bob Feller on Sept. 13, 1936, to pick up a win while striking out seven, walking seven and giving up seven bases. In his performance with the Cleveland Indians, Feller walked nine and struck out 17 in a complete game win over the Philadelphia A's.
The Marlins took advantage of Hanson's slow delivery from the stretch to notch seven steals, the most by a Major League team in a game this year. The Braves, however, caught Jose Reyes trying to steal third in the third inning after drawing the first of three walks in the frame.
"The game was pretty confusing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "In five innings, we steal seven bases, walk like seven times, three doubles and we score one [run]. Sometimes you think about it and shake your head like, 'How does that happen? How do things happen like that?' For five innings we felt like we could score any time, any moment — and we didn't."
Kris Medlen would have the polar opposite outing as Hanson when he entered in the sixth. Medlen struck out five over three innings while only walking one.
Juan Francisco had a solid day while filling in for the resting Chipper Jones, collecting three hits, including a towering two-run homer off Ricky Nolasco to give the Braves the lead in the fourth inning. His homer followed an RBI-single by Freddie Freeman, who drove in Jason Heyward after a double.
Michael Bourn would sting Nolasco again in the fifth when he hit his own two-run shot, his eighth of the season. Heyward tacked on an opposite-field homer in the eighth to give the Braves some extra cushion.
With their second straight win, the Braves kept pace with the streaking Washington Nationals, staying 4 1/2 games out of first place.
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