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Braves topple Brewers behind Hanson, Prado; Braun hit in elbow

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MILWAUKEE -- The Atlanta Braves provided some much-needed power behind Tommy Hanson. Now, they believe their slow start might be ending.

Martin Prado hit a grand slam, Hanson struck out eight in eight scoreless innings and the scuffling Braves snapped a power drought in an 8-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

"We know that all the things that are happening right now for us are going to turn around," Prado said. "This kind of game is what we need to start something good."

Atlanta had gone 253 games without a grand slam before Prado's in the sixth. The Braves had also gone four days without a home run before Troy Glaus led off the inning with a shot off Brewers starter Doug Davis (1-4).

"We felt relieved after that," Prado said of Glaus' shot. "Tommy Hanson was great, but we knew we needed a couple of runs to support him."

So they gave him six in the inning.

After Glaus' home run and a fielding error by second baseman Rickie Weeks that let another run score, Davis walked the bases loaded with two outs. Prado, who had a career-high five RBI, then hit reliever Manny Parra's fastball into the left-field bleachers.

"It's part of the game, everybody makes errors," Prado said. "After that, we had a pretty idea of where we were going."

Hanson (3-2) said he "didn't feel tired one bit" would've been willing to try to complete the game after scattering four hits and being staked a big lead.

"It's always easier to pitch when you have some run support," the promising right-hander said. "It's definitely a good win for us."

Atlanta led 7-0 despite only five hits through the sixth and finished with seven hits, but it qualified as an offensive outburst for the Braves, who featured seven hitters in their lineup batting .252 or lower entering the night and three regulars at .192 or less.

Glaus' home run to start the sixth was Atlanta's first in a span of 169 at-bats. It would get even better with Prado's first career slam and the Braves' first since July 25, 2008.

"It was a pretty good pitcher's duel going there until the sixth inning," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "That's when it kind of unraveled."

Hanson mixed his mid-90s fastball with a sharp slider that kept the majors' highest-scoring team coming into Monday quiet until Casey McGehee's two-run homer off reliever Jesse Chavez in the ninth.

Hanson's biggest trouble came in the fourth after he hit Ryan Braun with a fastball with one out and Prince Fielder's pop up to shallow left field dropped between three Braves.

But Hanson froze McGehee on an 84 mph breaking ball that buckled the third baseman's knees and left fielder Matt Diaz made a nice leaping grab of Jim Edmonds' drive to the warning track that saved at least a run. Braun left before the seventh with a bruised left elbow and is day-to-day.

Davis was wild, walking six batters and hitting another. Prado's RBI single in the fifth was the first hit Davis allowed after a leadoff walk in the inning came back to haunt the left-hander.

"I'm puzzled," Davis said. "But I believe everything evens out, too."

Atlanta is still missing regulars Jason Heyward (groin) and shortstop Yunel Escobar (groin). Chipper Jones (groin) returned to the lineup, going 1 for 3 with a walk before leaving for a pinch runner in the sixth.

Jones had hustled down the line for an infield single before exiting. Cox said he wasn't sure if Jones would be available Tuesday after he was limping from the effort.

"I don't think it's any worse, to be honest," Jones said.

Notes
  • Heyward is expected to return Tuesday.
  • Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) said he heard a pop while sprinting and will have an MRI back in Atlanta when the Braves return after this series.
  • Brewers CF Carlos Gomez (strained left rotator cuff) was put on the 15-day DL after the game, retroactive to May 6. OF Adam Stern was called up from Triple-A Nashville.
  • Brewers RHP David Riske will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Brevard County on Tuesday.
 
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Martin Prado (right) has a lot of people to high-five at home after clearing the bases with a grand slam. (AP)
Martin Prado (right) has a lot of people to high-five at home after clearing the bases with a grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, SS3100201 .275
Martin Prado, 2B5125021 .315
Chipper Jones, 3B3010102 .230
    Brooks Conrad, PR-3B0100100 .133
Troy Glaus, 1B4121121 .262
Brian McCann, C4000014 .229
Melky Cabrera, RF4110102 .194
Matt Diaz, LF4011102 .171
Nate McLouth, CF4201103 .169
Tommy Hanson, P3100012 .063
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Totals3487886  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (4, Davis)
HR - Martin Prado (2, Parra), Troy Glaus (3, Davis)
SH - Tommy Hanson (2)
RBI - Martin Prado 5 (12), Troy Glaus (19), Matt Diaz (5), Nate McLouth (6)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 5 (7), Matt Diaz (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - McCann-Infante-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,3-2) 8400180 2.30
Jesse Chavez 1222021 5.65
HBP - Braun (by Tommy Hanson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 109-66, Jesse Chavez 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-11
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 29, Jesse Chavez 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4000020 .274
Joe Inglett, RF4010010 .333
Ryan Braun, LF2000011 .359
    Jody Gerut, LF1000010 .200
Prince Fielder, 1B4120011 .260
Casey McGehee, 3B4122012 .310
Jim Edmonds, CF4010013 .250
Alcides Escobar, SS4000012 .214
George Kottaras, C2000101 .235
Doug Davis, P2000011 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .315
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
Totals32262110  
a-grounded out for Parra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Inglett (2, Hanson)
HR - Casey McGehee (7, J. Chavez)
RBI - Casey McGehee 2 (30)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Joe Inglett 1
E - Rickie Weeks 2 (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,1-4) 5.2363641 7.56
Manny Parra 2.1211121 3.63
Claudio Vargas 1211100 5.65
IBB - Diaz by Doug Davis
HBP - McCann (by Doug Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 113-62, Manny Parra 35-20, Claudio Vargas 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 9-5, Manny Parra 3-2
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 28, Manny Parra 10, Claudio Vargas 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24365
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom