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Braves use big sixth to bury Brewers in Game 1 of DH

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves finally climbed over .500

They'd like to stay there a while.

Tommy Hanson pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Martin Prado drove in three runs and the Braves broke it open with a big sixth, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday.

Chipper Jones and Brian McCann drove in two runs apiece for the Braves, who moved above .500 (16-15) for the first time since April 5.

"I don't even know how long it's been," Hanson said. "It's good to get over .500. Now, we've got to keep pushing."

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One day after rain wiped out the second game of the series, the teams played two in unseasonably cool conditions for early May in Atlanta. The temperature was expected to dip into the 40s for the nightcap.

Hanson (4-3) shook off a sore back to stymie Milwaukee for his third straight win. His only big stumble came in the fourth when Prince Fielder homered. Otherwise, the big right-hander made it look easy, sending the disappointing Brewers to their fourth straight defeat.

"I made a stupid pitch to Fielder and he hit it a long way," Hanson said. "For the most part, though, I didn't feel like I made too many mistakes. Once I got ahead, I just tried to stay aggressive."

Marco Estrada (1-1) took the loss for Milwaukee, which hoped to get a boost from Zack Greinke's first start in Game 2. The 2009 Cy Young winner was acquired from Kansas City in the offseason but has been on the disabled list for the first month with a broken rib.

Already leading 4-2, the Braves knocked out Estrada in a four-run sixth. They loaded the bases with one out, even without getting a ball to the outfield. Nate McLouth and Prado both reached on infield hits, sandwiched around a walk to pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad.

Mitch Stetter came on face Jason Heyward, but the first pitch sailed wildly to the backstop, allowing McLouth to trot home. Jones followed with a two-run single to right and McCann tacked on a sacrifice fly.

Prado had three hits and scored twice. McLouth had a big day, too, out of the eighth spot with three hits and a walk. One of his hits was initially charged as an error, then changed after the game by the official scorer.

"When you're at the bottom of the order, you've got to turn the lineup over ahead of the pitcher," McLouth said. "That's my job down there."

The Milwaukee defense stumbled in the third, when the Braves erased a 1-0 deficit with two runs.

After McLouth led off with a double down the right-field line, Hanson squared around for a routine sacrifice bunt. Only one problem for the Brewers: no one covered first. Fielder charged in from first and Weeks broke to second, handing Hanson a gift single and Atlanta an extra out. Prado singled to right to bring home McLouth, and McCann put Atlanta ahead with a two-out single that shouldn't have happened.

Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez led off the Atlanta fourth with singles and McLouth was in the middle of things again, walking to load the bases with no outs. Hanson struck out looking, but Prado blooped a two-run single to center.

"We messed up that play," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's just trying to get signs straight and paying attention to the signs, really, and making sure everybody's in the right place."

The Brewers jumped ahead in the second. Casey McGehee walked with one out, Mark Kotsay singled to left and Counsell came through with a two-out single. Fielder led off the fourth with his seventh homer, driving a 1-2 pitch into the right seats to briefly tie the game at 2.

Estrada gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out five.

"We didn't play a good game," Roenicke said. "We can't keep doing that."

Notes

  • The Braves are donating $100,000 to the Salvation Army and encouraging fans to help with relief efforts after last week's deadly Southern storms. The team has set up collection bins at Turner Field and each of its minor league parks where fans can drop off items such as toiletries, baby products, cleaning supplies and nonperishable food.
  • Milwaukee's rotation won't be affected by Tuesday's rainout, since Greinke was activated from the DL to make his first start in Game 2. The Braves will have to decide if they want either Hanson or Game 2 starter Tim Hudson to go Sunday on three days' rest or call up someone from the minors to make a spot start.
 
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Martin Prado drives in three runs to help the Braves move above .500 (16-15) for the first time since April 5. (AP)
Martin Prado drives in three runs to help the Braves move above .500 (16-15) for the first time since April 5. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B3110110 .301
Nyjer Morgan, CF-RF4001011 .385
Ryan Braun, LF4000000 .339
Prince Fielder, 1B4111010 .315
Casey McGehee, 3B3110110 .259
Mark Kotsay, RF2010000 .273
   a- Carlos Gomez, PH-CF2010011 .241
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000014 .314
Craig Counsell, SS2011000 .194
   b- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH-SS2000002 .260
Marco Estrada, P2000022 .250
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   c- Corey Hart, PH1000011 .211
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Mitre, P0000000 .000
Totals3336329  
a-doubled for Kotsay in the 7th
b-popped out for Counsell in the 7th
c-struck out for Stetter in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gomez (3, O'Flaherty)
3B - Rickie Weeks (2, Linebrink)
HR - Prince Fielder (7, Hanson)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (3), Prince Fielder (27), Craig Counsell (1)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Counsell (1)
SB - Rickie Weeks (3, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marco Estrada (L,1-1) 5.1977350 4.78
Mitch Stetter 0.2111010 3.00
Sean Green 1200020 5.40
Sergio Mitre 1100210 2.45
HBP - Heyward (by Mitch Stetter)
WP - Mitch Stetter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 114-71, Mitch Stetter 12-8, Sean Green 25-14, Sergio Mitre 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 7-4
Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 28, Mitch Stetter 4, Sean Green 5, Sergio Mitre 6
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF5233022 .265
Jason Heyward, RF3110102 .250
Chipper Jones, 3B5012014 .278
Brian McCann, C3012101 .300
Dan Uggla, 2B5000025 .200
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120110 .227
Alex Gonzalez, SS5110014 .239
Nate McLouth, CF3230100 .274
Tommy Hanson, P2010013 .077
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH0100100 .154
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000012 .276
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
Totals36813759  
a-walked for Hanson in the 6th
b-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (4, Mitre), Nate McLouth (8, M. Estrada)
SF - Brian McCann (1)
RBI - Martin Prado 3 (16), Chipper Jones 2 (23), Brian McCann 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (11)
Team LOB - 11
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,4-3) 6322271 2.63
Eric O'Flaherty 1100010 1.20
Scott Linebrink 1111000 5.23
Cory Gearrin 1100010 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 101-62, Eric O'Flaherty 12-9, Scott Linebrink 23-13, Cory Gearrin 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-7, Scott Linebrink 1-2, Cory Gearrin 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 23, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Scott Linebrink 4, Cory Gearrin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth