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Chipper, Braves help Hanson to no-decision in debut

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ATLANTA -- Tommy Hanson faded after a strong start to his major league debut, but Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves offense snapped out of a scoring drought to bail out the rookie.

Jones had four hits, including two homers, and matched his career high with five RBI to help the Braves rally past Milwaukee 8-7 on Sunday to prevent the Brewers from their first series sweep in Atlanta.

The NL Central-leading Brewers had a pair of two-run homers from Ryan Braun.

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Hanson retired the first 10 Milwaukee batters before giving up seven runs, six earned, in six innings.

Even so, Hanson was the popular topic in postgame interviews.

Catcher David Ross said Hanson showed "phenomenal" poise, and Jones said the right-hander "pitched pretty good" and was as composed as second-year starter Jair Jurrjens.

"That's part of what makes guys good -- they're unflappable," Jones said.

Hanson, the Braves' most heralded pitching prospect of this decade, said poor command helped lead to three home runs.

"If I keep my command I think it turns out a lot better," said Hanson, who had a 1.49 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett before the promotion.

"Just chalk it up to, today happened, get it behind me, get ready for the next one."

Braun said the Brewers were trying to get a feel for Hanson early in the game.

"The first time through the lineup, we wanted to make sure he was throwing strikes," Braun said. "The second time we were a little more aggressive."

Hanson struck out the side in the second with his fastball clocked at 96 mph.

"He had a good slider and fastball," Braun said. "He obviously has good stuff."

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Hanson "has got a ton of weapons."

"He's going to be a good one," Cox said. "It won't be too far off he'll be on the National League All-Star team. ... It wasn't a great debut for him. I know he's not satisfied at all. But he's got stuff and he knows how to pitch."

The Braves trailed 7-5 before scoring three runs in the eighth off Carlos Villanueva (2-4).

Brian McCann's pinch-hit double drove in Martin Prado. Nate McLouth added a tying double and scored the go-ahead run on Yunel Escobar's single to left.

"Escobar put a good swing on it, but the big hit was McLouth's," said Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron.

Villanueva pitched for the third straight day but said he "felt fine enough to go out there."

"I left a couple of balls up, and they took advantage of it," said Villanueva, who had a string of 15 straight scoreless appearances snapped. He had not allowed a hit in his last nine innings before giving up four hits and three runs in the inning.

Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for Atlanta. Mike Gonzalez pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

The Braves led 5-3 before Braun and Cameron hit two-run homers off Hanson in a four-run sixth inning. Braun hit another two-run homer in the fourth.

Jones left Saturday night's game with dizziness, but returned with a season-high four hits and an intentional walk. He drove in a run with a first-inning triple.

Manny Parra gave up eight hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

"I thought I threw really well, but you have to tip your cap to Chipper," Parra said.

The Brewers shut out the Braves in the first two games of the series, the second time this season Atlanta has suffered back-to-back shutout losses.

The Braves ended their streak of 22 scoreless innings in the first when Escobar hit a single and scored on Jones' triple to center. Jones' sinking liner skipped past Cameron in center field. Cameron tried to make the catch and then had to turn around and run back toward the wall.

Jones' homer gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the third.

Notes

  • The Braves placed 1B Casey Kotchman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 1, with a strained right calf. He hasn't played since he was hit by a pitch from Arizona's Max Scherzer on May 31.
  • Jason Kendall's stolen base in the fifth inning was his first of the season.
  • Braun's two homers gave him 12 for the season. He has nine career multihomer games, including two this season.
  • Jones has 39 career multihomer games and 16 games with five RBI.
 
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Chipper Jones puts together his 39th career game with multiple home runs and drives in five runs.  (AP)
Chipper Jones puts together his 39th career game with multiple home runs and drives in five runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 5
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, 2B5010012 .311
J.J. Hardy, SS3200101 .228
Ryan Braun, LF4224001 .310
Prince Fielder, 1B4110010 .298
Mike Cameron, CF3112110 .278
Mat Gamel, 3B4000030 .239
    Bill Hall, 3B0000000 .209
Corey Hart, RF3000000 .243
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .333
   a- Casey McGehee, PH0000100 .265
Jason Kendall, C4110001 .216
Manny Parra, P2011010 .111
    Jody Gerut, RF1000000 .208
   b- Mike Rivera, PH0000000 .303
Totals3377737  
a-walked for Villanueva in the 9th
b-hit by pitch for Gerut in the 9th
Batting
2B - Manny Parra (1, Hanson)
3B - Craig Counsell (1, J. Bennett)
HR - Ryan Braun 2 (12, Hanson, Hanson), Mike Cameron (12, Hanson)
RBI - Ryan Braun 4 (38), Mike Cameron 2 (30), Manny Parra (2)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Parra (1)
SB - Jason Kendall (1, 2nd base off Hanson/Ross), Mike Rivera (1, 2nd base off Gonzalez/McCann)
CS - Mike Cameron (1, 2nd base by O'Flaherty/Ross)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Gamel-Counsell-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra 5.2855242 6.86
Mitch Stetter (H,11) 0.2000000 3.38
Todd Coffey (H,10) 0.2100000 2.28
Carlos Villanueva (BS,4; L,2-4) 1433100 4.18
IBB - Jones by Carlos Villanueva
HBP - Diaz (by Todd Coffey)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 93-58, Mitch Stetter 13-10, Todd Coffey 6-3, Carlos Villanueva 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 8-5, Mitch Stetter 1-1, Todd Coffey 1-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-2
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 27, Mitch Stetter 2, Todd Coffey 3, Carlos Villanueva 8
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF4211112 .251
Yunel Escobar, SS5231000 .294
Chipper Jones, 3B4245100 .329
Matt Diaz, LF4010013 .270
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000003 .244
Martin Prado, 1B4120000 .269
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000002 .243
David Ross, C3010001 .277
   a- Brian McCann, PH-C1111000 .306
Tommy Hanson, P2000021 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .125
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   c- Garret Anderson, PH1000001 .246
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals36813834  
a-doubled for Ross in the 8th
b-walked for Hanson in the 6th
c-lined out for O'Flaherty in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (8, Villanueva), Matt Diaz (5, Parra), David Ross (5, Parra), Brian McCann (8, Villanueva)
3B - Chipper Jones (2, Parra)
HR - Chipper Jones 2 (7, Parra, Parra)
RBI - Nate McLouth (35), Yunel Escobar (28), Chipper Jones 5 (28), Brian McCann (20)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (8), Yunel Escobar (14), Chipper Jones 4 (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar
E - Yunel Escobar (7, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson 6676153 9.00
Jeff Bennett 1100000 2.81
Eric O'Flaherty (W,1-0) 1000110 3.00
Mike Gonzalez (S,8) 1000110 2.88
HBP - Rivera (by Mike Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 91-61, Jeff Bennett 17-9, Eric O'Flaherty 12-6, Mike Gonzalez 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 7-7, Jeff Bennett 2-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 26, Jeff Bennett 4, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Mike Gonzalez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33428
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Marvin Hudson