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Braves' Hanson fans 11, Giants lose in Sanchez's first start since no-no

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Tommy Hanson needed a couple of innings to get comfortable after a 10-day layoff.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It took a while to get my release point going, but once I got in the groove a little bit, everything came together."

Hanson struck out 11 to remain unbeaten, Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 11-3 on Monday night in Jonathan Sanchez's first start since his no-hitter.

Matt Diaz had a tiebreaking two-run triple in Atlanta's six-run seventh inning, helping the Braves snap a five-game skid against San Francisco. Atlanta has won four of five and six of eight overall.

Sanchez struck out eight over six solid innings in his first game since his gem against San Diego on July 10. He yielded three runs and four hits.

"I felt the same," Sanchez said, comparing his last two starts. "I was comfortable. Everything was working. I had a good slider and good location. I didn't walk but one guy."

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "He pitched very well against a tough lineup. He gave up a couple of home runs, but he kept his composure."

Sergio Romo (2-1) replaced Sanchez and failed to record an out, surrendering four runs and four hits. Casey Kotchman had an RBI single after Diaz tripled, and pinch-hitter Ryan Church greeted Justin Miller with a two-run homer. Brian McCann added a run-scoring single.

Diaz came up big after fouling off two sacrifice attempts against Romo.

"It's embarrassing I can't do it in the big leagues," Diaz said. "It worked out well, but needless to say, there will be extra bunting practice in the near future."

San Francisco's bullpen had allowed a major league-low 93 earned runs. The Giants have lost four of five since winning seven of nine.

Hanson (5-0) yielded three runs and five hits in seven innings. His 11 K's were the most by an Atlanta rookie, topping the 10 accomplished four times -- most recently by Jair Jurrjens on Sept. 11 against Colorado.

Because the Braves needed a reliever after Hanson recorded his second consecutive no-decision in Atlanta's 7-6 loss July 9 at Colorado, he was optioned to the minors in a procedural move. Atlanta called him back up Monday morning, but Hanson's only work on the mound during the 10-day layoff was with pitching coach Roger McDowell at Turner Field.

"Tommy had his best all-around stuff tonight, I think, with all the strikeouts," manager Bobby Cox said. "He was around the plate all night with strike one many times and he used his fastball to set up the breaking balls. He had them guessing. He had a lot of movement and a lot of strikes."

Randy Winn hit a two-run double off Hanson in the first, but Garret Anderson connected in the second and Jones went deep in the third to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead. It was Anderson's seventh of the season and No. 11 for Jones.

Hanson retired 14 consecutive, six on strikeouts, before center fielder Nate McLouth misjudged a fly ball by Juan Uribe with one out in the seventh. Uribe, credited with a triple, slid safely into third after Anderson picked up the ball behind McLouth and made a late throw.

After pinch-hitter Fred Lewis walked, Aaron Rowand tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly. The Giants put runners on first and second with two out, but Hanson retired Pablo Sandoval on a soft groundout.

"I think this is the best my arm's felt," Hanson said. "I felt like I was running out of gas but I wanted to battle through. I always want to stay in the game."

Bob Howry yielded two runs in the eighth on Church's RBI single and McLouth's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Giants CF Rowand jogged off the field with no out in the eighth and was replaced by Andres Torres. Rowand, who was hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Hanson leading off the game, flinched in pain as he made a relay throw after picking up Kotchman's single. "The contusion got tighter and tighter as the game wore on," said Rowand, who went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. "I'm going to ice it again tonight. Hopefully this knot will go away."
  • The Braves sent RHP Luis Valdez to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Hanson.
  • Bochy said rookie LHP Ryan Sadowski (2-1) will start opposite Derek Lowe (8-7) on Tuesday.
  • McLouth snapped a season-worst 0 for 17 hitless skid with a third-inning single.
  • Anderson's homer was the first this year that Sanchez has allowed to a left-handed batter.
 
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Tommy Hanson improves to 5-0 and breaks a Braves rookie record by striking out 11.  (AP)
Tommy Hanson improves to 5-0 and breaks a Braves rookie record by striking out 11. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 3
K 11
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF2001013 .275
    Andres Torres, CF1000001 .243
Randy Winn, LF4022111 .275
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000026 .327
Bengie Molina, C3000102 .264
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000033 .287
Edgar Renteria, SS4110021 .256
    Kevin Frandsen, SS0000000 .128
John Bowker, 1B4110011 .190
Juan Uribe, 2B4110032 .292
Jonathan Sanchez, P1000110 .000
   a- Fred Lewis, PH0000100 .249
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   b- Rich Aurilia, PH1010000 .210
Totals32363414  
a-walked for Sanchez in the 7th
b-singled for Howry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (25, Hanson)
3B - Juan Uribe (2, Hanson)
SF - Aaron Rowand (2)
RBI - Aaron Rowand (41), Randy Winn 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn 2 (17)
SB - Fred Lewis (6, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Kevin Frandsen (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez 6433182 4.68
Sergio Romo (L,2-1)0444000 6.59
Justin Miller 1222211 2.36
Bob Howry 1321000 3.71
WP - Jonathan Sanchez (9), Justin Miller (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 86-52, Sergio Romo 14-10, Justin Miller 28-14, Bob Howry 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 4-5, Justin Miller 1-1, Bob Howry 1-3
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 22, Sergio Romo 4, Justin Miller 7, Bob Howry 7
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF3211110 .257
Martin Prado, 2B-3B4000103 .318
Chipper Jones, 3B5122031 .291
    Brooks Conrad, PR-2B0000000 .344
Brian McCann, C5011013 .301
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS3120100 .307
Garret Anderson, LF4221013 .289
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    David Ross, C0000000 .278
Matt Diaz, RF-LF4222010 .305
Casey Kotchman, 1B4211000 .282
Tommy Hanson, P2000020 .125
   a- Ryan Church, PH-RF2123000 .279
Totals3611131139  
a-homered for Hanson in the 7th
Batting
3B - Matt Diaz (3, Romo)
HR - Chipper Jones (11, Sanchez), Garret Anderson (7, Sanchez), Ryan Church (3, Miller)
SF - Nate McLouth (4)
RBI - Nate McLouth (50), Chipper Jones 2 (46), Brian McCann (42), Garret Anderson (35), Matt Diaz 2 (25), Casey Kotchman (35), Ryan Church 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (18), Brian McCann (24)
SB - Nate McLouth (12, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina)
CS - Yunel Escobar (2, 2nd base by Sanchez/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,5-0) 75333110 3.00
Mike Gonzalez 1000110 3.27
Kris Medlen 1100020 5.50
HBP - Rowand (by Tommy Hanson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 112-75, Mike Gonzalez 11-5, Kris Medlen 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-5, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 30, Mike Gonzalez 4, Kris Medlen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21988
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg