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Atlanta at San Diego

Venue: Petco Park

Runs have been scarce with the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres splitting their two games at Petco Park.

Considering how well Tommy Hanson has pitched against the Padres and how good Eric Stults has looked lately, the same could be true in Wednesday's finale.

Atlanta (74-56) moved 2 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the NL's top wild-card spot with Tuesday's 2-0 win, snapping San Diego's season-best eight-game winning streak. The Braves, who lost 3-0 Monday, have won three of four since beginning their 10-game trip 1-4.

After being held to four hits in the opener at Petco, Atlanta got on the scoreboard in the first inning Tuesday on Chipper Jones' RBI double. Four innings later, Dan Uggla homered for his 1,000th career hit.

That was more support than Kris Medlen needed, as he limited the Padres to five singles over eight frames to extend his scoreless streak to 28 1-3 innings.

"We're winning games and that's all that really matters," Medlen said.

In order to avoid a sub-.500 road trip, the Braves hope Hanson (12-6, 4.40 ERA) can bounce back from a shaky showing by facing one of his favorite opponents.

After yielding three runs in 6 2-3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first start off the disabled list Aug. 17, the right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-2 loss at San Francisco on Thursday.

Facing San Diego (60-71) could help the native of Southern California regain his composure. Hanson is 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts against the Padres, and has a 1.42 ERA in winning his three career starts at Petco.

Despite his success, Chase Headley has given him problems, going 4 for 10 with a triple and double.

Headley, the NL leader with 14 homers since the All-Star break, is 1 for 7 with a walk in the first two games of the series.

Atlanta's Martin Prado has accounted for three of his team's 11 hits in the first two, and is 4 for 8 with a triple lifetime against Stults (4-2, 2.68), who is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts this month. In Atlanta on Aug. 13, Stults gave up a run and five hits without a walk in a season-best 7 2-3 innings of a 4-1 win.

The left-hander was just as dominant in Arizona on Friday, when he allowed three hits and a walk in seven innings of a 5-0 victory. He also singled in two runs in the second inning and doubled home another in the fourth.

"In Eric's case, it's about command of the ball," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website. "When he's on, he's hitting spots. He changes speeds, but you've got to have location, and that's what we've seen him do. When he intends to throw the ball down, he's gotta throw the ball down. When he intends to elevate it, he's got to elevate it. And he's doing those things.

"With Stultsy, it's not so much the life on his pitches, it's about his command. His stuff is pretty consistent from start to start."

In order to get outs, it has to be. Stults strikes out just 4.10 batters per nine innings, among the fewest in the majors.

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Probable Starters

Tommy Hanson, RHP
2012 stats
137.0 Innings Pitched 63.2
12-6 Wins-Losses 4-2
4.40 Earned Run Average 2.69
59 Walks 16
123 Strikeouts 29
97 Pitches Per Start 91
Career vs. opponent
31.1 Innings Pitched 23.0
4-0 Wins-Losses 1-2
2.01 Earned Run Average 3.13

Eric Stults, LHP
weather image  Partly sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Atlanta2nd NL East7676.500122-8 W 1
San Diego3rd NL West7181.46715 ½ 5-5 W 1
vs Eric Stults
vs Tommy Hanson
Game Odds
Atlanta -140 San Diego 130
B. BeachyElbow
P. BeatoElbow
G. FloydElbow
E. GattisIllness
C. GearrinElbow
J. HeywardThumb
K. MedlenElbow
S. SimmonsShoulder
J. VentersElbow
San Diego
Y. AlonsoWrist
J. BenoitShoulder
B. BoyerShoulder
E. CabreraHamstring
R. JacksonWrist
J. JohnsonElbow
C. KellyElbow
C. LuebkeElbow
T. PattonShoulder
C. QuentinKnee
T. RossSoreness
J. WielandElbow
Series Game Log
Apr 18SDSD 2-1Ross Cain 
Apr 19SDSD 3-1Stults Hudson 
Apr 20SDSF 4-3Lincecum Erlin 
Apr 28SFSD 6-4Ross Bumgarner 
Apr 29SFSF 6-0Petit Stults 
Apr 30SFSF 3-2Hudson Erlin 
Jun 23SFSD 6-0Despaigne Cain 
Jun 24SFSD 7-2Hahn Hudson 
Jun 25SFSF 4-0Lincecum Kennedy 
Jul 4SDSD 2-0Stults Cain 
Jul 5SDSF 5-3Romo Thayer 
Jul 6SDSF 5-3Lincecum Hahn 
Sep 19SD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20SD 8:40 PM EDT  
Sep 21SD 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 25SF10:15 PM EDT  
Sep 26SF10:15 PM EDT  
Sep 27SF 4:05 PM EDT  
Sep 28SF 4:05 PM EDT