Arizona at Atlanta

W: T. Hanson (8-2) L: M. Scherzer (7-7)
HR: ARI - S. Drew (10), M. Reynolds (38)   ATL - G. Anderson (11), A. LaRoche (17)

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ATLANTA -- Tommy Hanson isn't worried about how many innings he pitches as long as he can keep helping the Braves win.

Hanson yielded two runs in six innings for his third consecutive win and Ryan Church hit a three-run double in a six-run third inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves past Max Scherzer and the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Monday.

Hanson (8-2) surrendered six hits and did not walk a batter for his second consecutive start. The right-hander struck out seven. He has thrown 146 innings this season, including 66 1/3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett before his June 7 promotion to Atlanta. His previous high was 138 innings in the minors last year.

Hanson said he hasn't tracked his innings count this year.

"I couldn't even tell you where I'm at," Hanson said. "I'm not even sure."

Hanson said he feels strong, and the results back up his claim. His ERA is 3.05, and he has allowed no more than two runs in nine of his 13 starts with Atlanta, including each of his three starts in August.

"I still feel strong and everything feels good," he said. "Hopefully if I can just keep going like I have been everything will be fine."

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, his 38th, off Boone Logan in the seventh, but he had a single and two strikeouts against Hanson.

"My first impression is he'll probably be around for a long time," Reynolds said. "He has good stuff. He spots his fastball well. He had a good slider and curveball. He throws it where he wants it."

Stephen Drew hit a fifth-inning homer off Hanson.

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch called Hanson "a pretty impressive pitcher."

Garret Anderson gave the Braves a 1-0 lead with a second-inning homer, and Adam LaRoche added a two-run shot off Scherzer in the sixth.

The Braves won two of three in a series that took three months to complete. The game was rescheduled following a May 17 rainout at Turner Field.

Scherzer (7-7) gave up six hits and nine runs, though only three were earned, in five innings. His throwing error in the third made all of the Braves' runs in the inning unearned.

"He was really firing the ball," said Atlanta's Chipper Jones, who had three strikeouts, including two against Scherzer.

"He got a little wild there and made an error, opened up the gates for us," Jones said. "But he wasn't an easy guy to hit against, believe me."

David Ross led off the third with a double and scored when Scherzer made a wild throw to third base after fielding Hanson's bunt. Scherzer hit Matt Diaz and Yunel Escobar with pitches to set up a bases-loaded walk to LaRoche. Church drove in three with his double past Alex Romero in right field.

Arizona trailed 7-0 before scoring two runs in the fifth. Drew hit his 10th homer and the Diamondbacks scored a second run on three consecutive singles by Gerardo Parra, Reynolds and Miguel Montero.

Hanson struck out Chad Tracy to end the inning.

"It was good to get that punchout to end the inning and get out of there without any more damage," Hanson said.

Arizona loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off Mike Gonzalez before Romero's game-ending groundout.

Paid attendance was 23,668, but actual attendance appeared to be far less than half of that figure.

"Nothing against Pittsburgh, but I'm used to that," said LaRoche, the former Pirates first baseman.


  • Scherzer's first career win came in the second game of the series on May 16, when he threw six scoreless innings in a 12-0 win at Turner Field.
  • The Braves placed OF Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hamstring and purchased the contract of OF Reid Gorecki from Triple-A Gwinnett. Gorecki made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in the eighth.
  • Tests, including a CT scan, on 2B Martin Prado were negative, according to GM Frank Wren. Prado, who has complained of headaches since leaving Saturday's game, has been cleared to play, according to Wren, but was held out Monday.
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Tommy Hanson improves to 8-2, yielding two runs on six hits while fanning seven over six innings.  (AP)
Tommy Hanson improves to 8-2, yielding two runs on six hits while fanning seven over six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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MLB Thursday winners and losers (0:57)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5121012 .264
Trent Oeltjen, LF5110030 .318
Gerardo Parra, CF5120003 .294
Mark Reynolds, 3B4122122 .285
Miguel Montero, C5011012 .296
Chad Tracy, 1B3010013 .232
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH-1B1000000 .462
Alex Romero, RF4000105 .280
Augie Ojeda, 2B3000002 .237
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
Max Scherzer, P2000002 .171
   b- Josh Whitesell, PH1000010 .204
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Roberts, PH-2B1010000 .276
a-flied out for Tracy in the 8th
b-struck out for Scherzer in the 6th
c-singled for Boyer in the 8th
2B - Trent Oeltjen (3, Logan), Chad Tracy (13, Hanson)
HR - Stephen Drew (10, Hanson), Mark Reynolds (38, Logan)
RBI - Stephen Drew (49), Mark Reynolds 2 (83), Miguel Montero (42)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (40), Miguel Montero (21)
SB - Stephen Drew (4, 2nd base off Hanson/Ross)
Team LOB - 12
E - Max Scherzer (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (L,7-7) 5693172 4.00
Clay Zavada 1000020 2.88
Blaine Boyer 1000110 4.43
Esmerling Vasquez 1000120 3.54
HBP - Diaz (by Max Scherzer), Escobar (by Max Scherzer)
WP - Blaine Boyer (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 93-58, Clay Zavada 16-15, Blaine Boyer 19-11, Esmerling Vasquez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-4, Blaine Boyer 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Clay Zavada 3, Blaine Boyer 4, Esmerling Vasquez 4
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000021 .223
Matt Diaz, RF2100110 .291
Chipper Jones, 3B3001031 .295
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Garret Anderson, LF4221011 .282
    Reid Gorecki, LF0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS3210011 .298
Adam LaRoche, 1B3213110 .262
Ryan Church, CF4013000 .274
David Ross, C3110101 .275
Tommy Hanson, P2100010 .083
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .136
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
    Omar Infante, 3B1000011 .333
a-struck out for Hanson in the 6th
2B - Ryan Church (22, Scherzer), David Ross (7, Scherzer)
HR - Garret Anderson (11, Scherzer), Adam LaRoche (17, Scherzer)
SF - Chipper Jones (6)
RBI - Chipper Jones (55), Garret Anderson (46), Adam LaRoche 3 (53), Ryan Church 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (19), Ryan Church 3 (21)
Team LOB - 3
E - Tommy Hanson (2, Misplayed grounder), Kelly Johnson (8, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,8-2) 6622071 3.05
Boone Logan 1222011 5.25
Eric O'Flaherty 1100100 3.29
Mike Gonzalez 1100110 2.57
HBP - Ojeda (by Tommy Hanson), Ryal (by Mike Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 100-68, Boone Logan 14-10, Eric O'Flaherty 25-13, Mike Gonzalez 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-8, Boone Logan 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-2, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 27, Boone Logan 5, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Mike Gonzalez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23668
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt