Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: T. Hanson (5-3) L: J. Shields (6-2)
S: C. Kimbrel (12)
HR: ATL - M. Prado (3)   TB - None

Hanson pitches Braves past Rays wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chipper Jones is pretty sure his last trip to Tropicana Field has ended early.

Jones left after seven innings of the Atlanta Braves' 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night because of a bruised left calf.

The third baseman stayed in the game after B.J. Upton's hard one-hop infield single hit his leg in the third. Juan Francisco pinch-hit for Jones in the eighth.

"My career in Tampa is over," said Jones, who showed reporters a nasty, ball-size bruise just above the ankle while sitting at his locker. "That really hurt. If you're standing 85 feet from home plate and somebody hits a rocket at you, you better get a glove on it. I didn't."

Jones, who is retiring after this season, is day to day.

"We'll check it, but he'll have a tough time playing [Saturday]," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Jones received a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat leading off the second. After he tipped his helmet to the crowd, Jones singled to center. The Florida native later scored from third to make it 2-0 on a wild pitch by James Shields.

Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings and Freddie Freeman drove in two runs as the Braves won for the sixth time in the last eight games.

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Hanson (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits. Freeman had a run-scoring double and Brian McCann hit an RBI single that put the Braves up 4-2 in the fifth.

"I feel real good," Hanson said. "I think the biggest thing right now is my fastball command. When it's there, I'm throwing really well and everything else kind of follows that."

Shields (6-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings for Tampa Bay. Luke Scott had two RBIs.

"I definitely put that loss on me," Shields said. "They have good hitters one through nine. Hanson pitched a good game. You definitely know why they are at the top of their division."

Jonny Venters gave up Scott's RBI single in the eighth before Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 12th save.

Martin Prado doubled and scored on Freeman's single as the Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first. Prado extended Atlanta's advantage to 5-2 on a solo homer off J.P. Howell in the seventh.

Tampa Bay got within 2-1 on Elliot Johnson's RBI bunt single in the second. Scott tied it 2-all on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third, when right fielder Jason Heyward made a nice running catch.

"That ball kept hooking towards the line," Gonzalez said. "We had a perfect angle in the dugout and at first [we thought] it was going to drop. He really narrowed the ground there."


  • Jones, who went 1 for 3, enjoys playing in domed stadiums like Tropicana Field. "You don't have wind, you don't have rain," Jones said. "Most baseball players like the conditions perfect."
  • The Rays recalled RHP Alex Cobb from Triple-A Durham to start Saturday's game. He is taking the spot of RHP Jeff Niemann, who is on the 60-day DL with a right leg injury. To make room for Cobb, Tampa Bay optioned RHP Josh Lueke to Durham.
  • Hanson struck out Rays 1B Carlos Pena on a 14-pitch at-bat in the sixth. "It was a battle between me and him, and I just kept pumping strikes in there and it turned out I got the strikeout," Hanson said.
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Tommy Hanson allows two runs on six hits over seven effective innings for the Braves. (AP)
Tommy Hanson allows two runs on six hits over seven effective innings for the Braves. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Prado
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
Tampa Bay

L. Scott
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Atlanta Braves
Michael Bourn, CF5000024 .329
Martin Prado, LF4321120 .324
Freddie Freeman, 1B5122010 .275
Dan Uggla, 2B4000121 .270
Brian McCann, C4021001 .260
Chipper Jones, 3B3110003 .307
   a- Juan Francisco, PH-3B1010000 .224
Jason Heyward, RF3010121 .248
Eric Hinske, DH3000122 .313
Tyler Pastornicky, SS4010013 .274
    Jack Wilson, SS0000000 .156
a-singled for Jones in the 8th
2B - Martin Prado (13, Shields), Freddie Freeman (11, Shields)
HR - Martin Prado (3, Howell)
RBI - Martin Prado (21), Freddie Freeman 2 (32), Brian McCann (24)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (11), Brian McCann (10)
SB - Tyler Pastornicky (2, 2nd base off Shields/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Pastornicky-Uggla-Freeman
PB - Brian McCann (3)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,5-3) 7622230 3.31
Jonny Venters (H,7) 1110010 3.07
Craig Kimbrel (S,12) 1000000 2.40
HBP - S. Rodriguez (by Jonny Venters)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 106-71, Jonny Venters 15-12, Craig Kimbrel 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-12, Jonny Venters 1-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 28, Jonny Venters 5, Craig Kimbrel 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF4000011 .221
B.J. Upton, CF4110010 .261
Matt Joyce, RF2000100 .293
   a- Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B0100000 .246
Carlos Pena, 1B3000121 .221
Luke Scott, DH3132000 .244
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4010004 .295
Elliot Johnson, SS4021000 .286
Rich Thompson, LF4000003 .143
Jose Molina, C2000002 .186
   b- Stephen Vogt, PH-C2000001 .000
a-hit by pitch for Joyce in the 8th
b-popped out for Molina in the 7th
SF - Luke Scott (3)
RBI - Luke Scott 2 (29), Elliot Johnson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (15)
SB - B.J. Upton 2 (7, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann, 3rd base off Hanson/McCann), Matt Joyce (2, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Keppinger-Johnson-Pena
E - James Shields (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields (L,6-2) 6744380 3.77
J.P. Howell 1111011 3.14
Cesar Ramos 1200110 1.80
Josh Lueke 1000020 18.90
WP - James Shields (4)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 115-72, J.P. Howell 13-10, Cesar Ramos 26-16, Josh Lueke 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 5-4, J.P. Howell 1-1, Cesar Ramos 2-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, J.P. Howell 4, Cesar Ramos 6, Josh Lueke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19693
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson