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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves were hurting in a big way when they dropped eight straight last month to tumble to the bottom of the NL East.
A couple weeks later, there's a whole new picture.
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"We're right back where we were," Uggla said.
The Braves are 8-1 since the long losing streak and trail division-leading Washington by one game. The Nationals beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Saturday.
"We've been playing good baseball," Uggla said. "We're grinding out at-bats, playing better defense and our pitchers have been outstanding. If we stay consistent like we have been the last week or so, we'll be all right."
Hanson (7-4) improved to 6-0 in six career starts against teams from the AL East, including a win at Tampa Bay on May 18. He gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings while improving to 7-2 in interleague play overall.
"I felt strong the entire time," Hanson said following his longest start of the season.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the only inning the Blue Jays had a runner reach third base. Toronto has lost three straight, including the first two games of the series.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 18th save in 19 chances.
Atlanta helped Hanson with a couple of nice plays in the field. Jason Heyward made a diving catch in right to take a hit away from McCoy in the seventh, and third baseman Martin Prado made a diving stop on Encarnacion's sharp grounder in the fourth.
"It was a lot of fun to watch," Hanson said.
The Blue Jays also were impressed.
"Prado's a heck of a player at third base," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "Not just today but yesterday, makes a couple of diving plays to his backhand side.
"They played a very solid game."
Uggla connected against Hutchison in the third, hitting a drive to center for his 11th homer. Bourn reached on a one-out single and McCann walked with two down before Uggla went deep.
Hutchison, a 21-year-old rookie making his first interleague start, gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Farrell said Hutchison was hurt by the homers by Uggla and Simmons.
"I thought today Drew pitched as consistent as he's been the last three or four times out," Farrell said. "Two pitches found the middle of the plate.
"He pitched with conviction. I thought he commanded the baseball, with the exception of those two pitches, as we've seen."
Hutchison dropped to 2-3 with a 6.47 ERA in six road starts this season.
"No, I'm not satisfied with it," Hutchison said. "I put us in a hole early we had to come back from when I put us in a bigger hole and put it out of reach."
Simmons, playing in only his second home game, led off the seventh with his first homer. He was given the silent treatment for a few seconds before he was swarmed by his teammates in the dugout.
"I saw the guys sitting down," Simmons said. "I've got a good read on them. I knew what they were doing. It was good. It was fun."
Hanson gave up only two hits through five innings before struggling with two outs in the sixth. Colby Rasmus singled and scored on Bautista's 17th homer, cutting Atlanta's lead to 3-2. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single before Kelly Johnson ended the inning with a deep fly ball caught by Constanza at the wall in left.
Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis left after the fifth inning in only his second game back after missing a game with a jammed left middle finger. Farrell said Davis developed a blister on the back of his left index finger from the treatment for the jammed finger.
"The blister that's there creates a lot of discomfort for him," Farrell said. "When he swung the bat, the bat came out of his hand in the last at-bat and we had to get him out of the game."
Mike McCoy replaced Davis in left field.
|Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning provides all the runs the Braves would need to defeat the Blue Jays. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||1||1||2||1||0||0||.230|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.283|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.251|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Rajai Davis, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Mike McCoy, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Luis Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Drew Hutchison, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yan Gomes, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.172|
|HR - Jose Bautista (17, Hanson)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (16)|
|CS - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base by Hanson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Drew Hutchison (L,5-3)||6.1||7||5||5||1||7||2||4.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 103-67, Luis Perez 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 8-4, Luis Perez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 27, Luis Perez 7|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.317|
|Martin Prado, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.320|
|Brian McCann, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.240|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||1||3||1||1||1||.267|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.245|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.280|
|Jose Constanza, LF||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Tommy Hanson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.048|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Michael Bourn (13, Perez)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (11, Hutchison), Andrelton Simmons (1, Hutchison)|
|SH - Tommy Hanson (3)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (20), Dan Uggla 3 (41), Andrelton Simmons (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (20)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (16, 2nd base off Hutchison/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Tommy Hanson (W,7-4)||8||5||2||2||1||4||1||3.55|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.57|
|WP - Tommy Hanson (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 111-69, Craig Kimbrel 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 9-10, Craig Kimbrel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 29, Craig Kimbrel 3|
|Attendance - 32819|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|