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Hanson earns first major league win behind McCann's bat

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Tommy Hanson's first major league win tasted great -- even after Peter Moylan surprised him with a shaving cream pie.

Hanson lasted 5 2/3 innings despite some rough patches, Brian McCann tied a career high with four hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 on Friday night.

Hanson (1-0) struggled in his second major league start but managed to limit the Orioles to two runs despite yielding nine hits and five walks. The 22-year-old right-hander insisted all was well.

"I felt comfortable out there the whole game," Hanson said.

Hanson departed with the bases loaded but Moylan struck out Adam Jones to end the threat. Eric O'Flaherty, Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez each worked a scoreless inning to close it out.

As Hanson began his postgame interview, Moylan ran at him, smashed him in the face with the shaving cream and escaped. Hanson didn't mind in the least.

"He came in and got the big out. I'll take it," he said with a laugh.

McCann's third hit, a bases-loaded single, scored Nate McLouth and gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Garret Anderson followed with a run-scoring walk.

Atlanta pushed across a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to break it open. Jeff Francoeur made it 5-2 with an RBI single. Martin Prado hit his third homer and McCann singled in a run in the eighth.

It was McCann's third career four-hit game and first since Aug. 27, 2006 -- and he was more excited about Hanson's effort.

"He looked great. He didn't have his best stuff tonight," said McCann, who had never caught the rookie before - not even in spring training or the bullpen. "His composure is not of a guy who's in his second start."

Jason Berken (1-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings for Baltimore, which has lost 10 of 12.

The Orioles continued to have difficulty scoring. They left 13 on base and have scored just 19 runs in the past 11 games.

"How many did I leave on base?" Jones said. "I left too many on base. We all left too many on base."

After manager Dave Trembley called a team meeting to encourage the Orioles, they came out aggressively. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Brian Roberts doubled on Hanson's first pitch, stole third and scored on Jones' grounder.

Aubrey Huff added an RBI single in the third for Baltimore.

"We needed a two-out hit or one hit to break it open," Trembley said. "In most cases if you get 12 hits, you're going to get more than two runs -- so something doesn't add up there."

Yunel Escobar hit a two-run shot in the first to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead.

Notes

  • Hanson allowed six earned runs in six innings against Milwaukee in his first start Sunday.
  • Atlanta 1B Casey Kotchman, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 1 with a strained right calf, will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
  • Chipper Jones, who was Atlanta's DH, was hitless for the third straight game for the first time since July 7-9, 2008.
  • Orioles RF Nick Markakis recorded his AL-leading sixth assist.
  • Baltimore's Luke Scott played the ninth inning at 1B for the first time in his career.
 
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Tommy Hanson doesn't look like a Hall of Famer yet but he does strike out five in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)
Tommy Hanson doesn't look like a Hall of Famer yet but he does strike out five in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 5.2
H 9
ER 2
BB 5
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5220021 .259
Yunel Escobar, SS3312101 .297
Chipper Jones, DH4000100 .312
Brian McCann, C4042100 .331
Garret Anderson, LF4111103 .254
    Gregor Blanco, LF0000000 .000
Barbaro Canizares, 1B5020004 .333
Jeff Francoeur, RF5011015 .244
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000114 .234
Martin Prado, 3B3111000 .275
Totals37712754  
Batting
2B - Barbaro Canizares (1, Berken)
HR - Yunel Escobar (6, Berken), Martin Prado (3, Hendrickson)
SH - Martin Prado (3)
RBI - Yunel Escobar 2 (33), Brian McCann 2 (26), Garret Anderson (18), Jeff Francoeur (27), Martin Prado (8)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (18), Jeff Francoeur (17)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Canizares, Prado-Johnson-Canizares
E - Martin Prado (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,1-0) 5.2922550 6.17
Peter Moylan (H,8) 0.1000010 5.01
Eric O'Flaherty (H,6) 1000010 3.13
Rafael Soriano 1100100 1.52
Mike Gonzalez 1200010 2.57
WP - Mike Gonzalez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 104-60, Peter Moylan 3-3, Eric O'Flaherty 10-8, Rafael Soriano 26-15, Mike Gonzalez 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-5, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Rafael Soriano 3-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 28, Peter Moylan 1, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Rafael Soriano 6, Mike Gonzalez 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4110114 .286
Adam Jones, CF5111016 .326
Nick Markakis, RF5020011 .289
Aubrey Huff, DH3011211 .259
Melvin Mora, 3B5010013 .256
Luke Scott, LF-1B3010211 .307
Oscar Salazar, 1B-SS4020016 .250
Matt Wieters, C4020011 .256
Robert Andino, SS3010002 .258
   a- Nolan Reimold, PH-LF0000100 .271
Totals36212268  
a-walked for Andino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (20, Hanson)
RBI - Adam Jones (38), Aubrey Huff (40)
SB - Brian Roberts (12, 3rd base off Hanson/McCann), Adam Jones (5, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
CS - Robert Andino (2, 2nd base by Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
Baltimore Orioles
Jason Berken (L,1-3) 4.1844131 7.32
Matt Albers 2000210 4.18
Alberto Castillo 0.1011100 3.86
Jim Johnson 0.1200000 3.07
Mark Hendrickson 2222101 5.70
HBP - Escobar (by Jason Berken)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Berken 75-46, Matt Albers 27-14, Alberto Castillo 10-4, Jim Johnson 19-13, Mark Hendrickson 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Berken 4-5, Matt Albers 2-3, Alberto Castillo 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0, Mark Hendrickson 3-3
Batters Faced - Jason Berken 22, Matt Albers 8, Alberto Castillo 2, Jim Johnson 3, Mark Hendrickson 9
Game Information
Attendance - 28469
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Eric Cooper