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Hanson baffles Mets as Braves win fifth in row

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ATLANTA -- Tommy Hanson knew exactly how long it had been since his last win.

"July 3," he said without a bit of hesitation.

He doesn't have to remember that date anymore. Hanson finally got some run support and won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing just one hit in seven shutout innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to their fifth straight win, 4-1 over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

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"At the end of the day, it's always fun to see the 'W' beside your name," Hanson said. "But the most important thing is the team winning, especially at this point in the season."

Omar Infante and Jason Heyward combined for seven hits at the top of the Braves' order, Martin Prado drove in two runs with a first-inning double and it could have been worse for the Mets if they hadn't thrown out two Atlanta runners at the plate.

The Braves maintained a three-game lead in the NL East over Philadelphia, which beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1.

"Everyone feels happy where we're at," Hanson said. "If we keep doing what we're doing, we should have a lot of fun down the stretch."

Hanson (9-10) had gone 0-5 over his previous 10 starts, largely because the Braves' offense always seemed to struggle when the right-hander was on the mound. He allowed just 11 earned runs over eight of those appearances -- and didn't get a win in any of them.

The frustrating stretch seemed to get to Hanson in his last start, when he gave up back-to-back homers to start the game, four homers in all and took a 7-1 loss against Florida.

But he was in total command against New York, working off his 90-plus-mph fastball to stay ahead in the count and set up his breaking pitches. David Wright's one-out double in the fourth was the lone hit surrendered by the Atlanta starter.

"When I'm commanding my fastball, that's when I'm good," Hanson said.

New York's other hit was pinch-hitter Luiz Hernandez's two-out, run-scoring single off Jonny Venters in the eighth. Billy Wagner worked a perfect ninth for his 31st save.

Heyward had twice as many hits as the Mets, putting up the third four-hit game of his rookie season -- each time going the opposite way to left. He has fully recovered from a thumb injury that kept him from starting in the All-Star Game and is hitting .450 (27 of 60) over his last 15 games.

"I've never been a person who tried to pull the ball," Heyward said. "That's what you have to do."

Infante is nearly as hot. He had three singles -- sprayed to all three spots in the outfield -- to raise his average to .346. He's reached base in 31 of his last 33 games.

The Braves started the game with three straight hits off Mike Pelfrey (13-8). Infante dumped a single to right and Heyward doubled into the left-field corner. Prado followed with a drive that rolled all the way to the wall for a double, giving Hanson a quick 2-0 lead.

Prado wisely tagged and went to third when New York rookie Lucas Duda -- just up from Triple-A -- made a sliding catch in the corner on Brian McCann's fly ball. But Prado's bravado caught up with him when he tried to score on Eric Hinske's grounder to first baseman Ike Davis, who threw him out at home.

Atlanta doubled its lead in the second. Again, Infante and Heyward were right in the middle of things.

After Rick Ankiel singled and moved to second on Hanson's sacrifice bunt, Infante yanked a run-scoring single to left. Heyward followed with another opposite-field double and Infante, running on the pitch, came around to score.

The Mets' defense helped out again in the fourth. Infante picked out another spot for a hit, singling to center with two outs, but Ankiel was thrown out at the plate by Carlos Beltran.

Pelfrey, a bright spot for the Mets in a disappointing season, allowed nine hits and all four runs in five innings, breaking a streak of four straight starts in which he went at least seven innings.

"That team, top to bottom, is a great ballclub," Pelfrey said of the Braves. "When you make a mistake against them, they make you pay for it."

On the day rosters could be expanded, both teams put touted rookies right in the lineup on their first day in the majors. Duda batted seventh for the Mets and went 0 for 3. Atlanta's Freddie Freeman started at first base and went hitless in three at-bats, including hitting into a double play.

Duda had faced Hanson in high school.

"He did the same thing to me then," the Mets' rookie said. "He has grat stuff."

Notes

  • Braves RHP Derek Lowe is still bothered by a sore elbow and will have to skip a start for the first time in his career. Kenshin Kawakami will step in Friday for the opener of a weekend series at Florida.
  • New York OF Angel Pagan (tendinitis, right wrist) should be back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale, according to manager Jerry Manuel.
  • Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia, just up from the minors, will start Saturday against the Cubs.
 
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The Braves' Tommy Hanson gives up just one hit in seven shutout innings to earn his first win in nearly two months.  (AP)
The Braves' Tommy Hanson gives up just one hit in seven shutout innings to earn his first win in nearly two months. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Castillo, 2B3000020 .238
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Hessman, PH1000011 .147
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .063
Josh Thole, C4000000 .298
David Wright, 3B4010010 .290
Chris Carter, RF3000101 .262
Carlos Beltran, CF3000002 .214
Ike Davis, 1B2100101 .246
Lucas Duda, LF3000012 .000
    Joaquin Arias, LF0000000 .276
Ruben Tejada, SS3000000 .178
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .102
   b- Luis Hernandez, PH-2B2011000 .273
Totals2912125  
a-struck out for Parnell in the 8th
b-grounded out for Pelfrey in the 6th
Batting
2B - David Wright (32, Hanson)
RBI - Luis Hernandez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Hernandez (1)
SB - Chris Carter (1, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Wright-Davis, Feliciano-Tejada-Davis
E - Ruben Tejada (5, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,13-8) 5944020 3.72
Pedro Feliciano 1100010 3.17
Bobby Parnell 1100000 2.76
Hisanori Takahashi 1000100 3.95
HBP - McCann (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 83-46, Pedro Feliciano 8-5, Bobby Parnell 15-8, Hisanori Takahashi 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 4-7, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Bobby Parnell 2-0, Hisanori Takahashi 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Pedro Feliciano 3, Bobby Parnell 3, Hisanori Takahashi 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, SS4231001 .346
Jason Heyward, RF4141000 .284
Martin Prado, 3B4012012 .317
Brian McCann, C2000102 .280
    Diory Hernandez, PR0000000 .143
    David Ross, C0000000 .282
Eric Hinske, LF3000012 .254
    Melky Cabrera, LF1000001 .259
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000012 .000
   a- Derrek Lee, PH-1B1000001 .250
Brooks Conrad, 2B3010000 .248
Rick Ankiel, CF3120001 .247
Tommy Hanson, P0000000 .120
   b- Nate McLouth, PH1000000 .165
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals29411413  
a-grounded out for Freeman in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hanson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward 2 (27, Pelfrey, Pelfrey), Martin Prado (35, Pelfrey)
SH - Tommy Hanson 2 (8)
RBI - Omar Infante (39), Jason Heyward (65), Martin Prado 2 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (15), Jason Heyward (30)
CS - Jason Heyward (6, 2nd base by Parnell/Thole)
Team LOB - 5
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,9-10) 7100130 3.60
Jonny Venters 1111120 1.82
Billy Wagner (S,31) 1000000 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 96-63, Jonny Venters 22-15, Billy Wagner 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-12, Jonny Venters 1-0, Billy Wagner 1-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 23, Jonny Venters 5, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19938
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez