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Hampton, Francoeur help Braves end slide

Aug 17, 2008 - 4:29 AM By Phil Foley PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Mike Hampton picked up where he left off against the San Francisco Giants en route to winning his first home game in more than three years.

Hampton tossed six solid innings and Jeff Francoeur spearheaded a 16-hit attack by going 4-for-5 and driving in a pair of runs as the Atlanta Braves posted an 11-5 win over the Giants on Saturday night.

Greg Norton homered and Omar Infante had two hits and drove in two runs for the Braves, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

It has been a long road back for the 35-year-old Hampton (2-1), who missed the previous two seasons after undergoing two "Tommy John" surgeries on his left elbow and suffering injuries to his left oblique, left pectoral and hamstring.

But persistence has paid off for the oft-injured lefthander, who had joked that he was kept together by Superglue earlier this season. Hampton, who notched his first major league win in almost three years by defeating the Giants in San Francisco on August 5, finally got back into the win column at his home ballpark.

Hampton scattered two runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out four en route to his first victory at Turner Field since August 14, 2005. He hurled 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes while improving to 15-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 26 career games - 23 starts - against San Francisco.

"I noticed that," Hampton said of his success vs. the Giants. "I really don't have an explanation for it. The ball falls my way against them so far."

"I think he threw pretty good," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "He wasn't hit hard at all. He had some strikeouts tonight and only walked two. We had a lot of hitting tonight."

Atlanta entered the season with the potential of having four former 20-game winners in its rotation. But attrition has taken a toll on the Braves, who have lost John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Tim Hudson for the rest of the year, leaving Hampton as the last of the four standing.

"It's been a weird year," Hampton said. "I don't think anybody could have expected it. I wouldn't wish it on any pitching staff to go what we've gone through."

Francoeur, who is one of five current Braves who was on the team's active roster the last time that Hampton recorded a win here, led Atlanta out of its offensive daze, driving in the game's first run with a double in the second. He has recorded seven hits in his last 14 at-bats to raise his average nine points to .233.

"Francoeur had four hits, and they all were hit hard," Cox said. "I think he's found something. Let's hope."

Atlanta looked nothing like the club that did not hold a lead in the first four games of its woeful homestand, or the team that had lost 10 of its previous 13 games here. The Braves sent 10 batters to the plate in a four-run fourth to ruin the major league debut of Matt Palmer (0-1).

Norton added a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, in the fourth before Atlanta extended the lead to 9-2 with a run in the fifth. Francoeur scored the Braves' 10th run on a double by pinch hitter Ruben Gotay, who scored on Chipper Jones' groundout to make it 11-2.

"Pitching just wasn't there tonight," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's not much else to say about this game."

Every Braves starter, including Hampton, notched at least one hit and had reached base at least once by the third inning.

Starting in place of Jonathan Sanchez, who was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day, Palmer was tagged for six runs and seven hits while walking four in just 2 1/3 frames.

"(Palmer's) game is command and getting ahead," Bochy said. "It wasn't there for him. Whether nerves played a part, I don't know. But that was a rough night for the staff. It makes it a little more difficult when your long man starts and we had to go get him early."

Rookie Pablo Sandoval collected the first three hits of his career, while Ivan Ochoa and Emmanuel Burriss each added two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who have dropped five of their last six games.

One familiar face was not perched in his familiar spot in Atlanta's dugout at the start of this one as Smoltz made his debut as a color analyst for the team's television network.

"He can stay up there, if that's the case," Francoeur joked, referring to his four-hit performance. "Who knows what he said. He was probably talking about my golf game."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 14 0
    ATLANTA 0 2 4 2 1 2 0 0 x 11 16 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SFO - MATT PALMER, ALEX HINSHAW (3RD), BILLY SADLER (4TH), TYLER
    WALKER (8TH) AND BENGIE MOLINA, PABLO SANDOVAL (4TH)
    ATL - MIKE HAMPTON, BUDDY CARLYLE (7TH), MATT

    Aug 16 10:45 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED IVAN OCHOA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, O VIZQUEL ON FIRST, F LEWIS ON SECOND, T
    ISHIKAWA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 5
    ATLANTA 11 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P SANDOVAL (.429, 3-FOR-4)

    Giants 5, Braves 11  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 16 10:26 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAVE ROBERTS SCORED EUGENIO VELEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I OCHOA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 4
    ATLANTA 11 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T ISHIKAWA (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants 4, Braves 11  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 16 10:19 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EMMANUEL BURRISS SCORED DAVE ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BURRISS ON FIRST, P SANDOVAL ON SECOND, F
    LEWIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    ATLANTA 11 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: R ROHLINGER (.143, 1-FOR-2)

    Giants 3, Braves 11  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 16 10:04 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CHIPPER JONES SCORED RUBEN GOTAY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y ESCOBAR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    ATLANTA 11 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.303, 2-FOR-4)

    Giants 2, Braves 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 16 9:39 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RUBEN GOTAY SCORED JEFF FRANCOEUR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R GOTAY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    ATLANTA 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G BLANCO (.262, 1-FOR-2, BB, HBP, RBI)

    Giants 2, Braves 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 16 9:28 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY OMAR INFANTE SCORED CHIPPER JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O INFANTE ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    ATLANTA 9 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.236, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Giants 2, Braves 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 16 9:15 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY AARON ROWAND SCORED RYAN ROHLINGER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I OCHOA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    ATLANTA 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B SADLER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Giants 2, Braves 8  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 16 9:05 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IVAN OCHOA SCORED EMMANUEL BURRISS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I OCHOA ON SECOND, R ROHLINGER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    ATLANTA 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A ROWAND (.285, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Giants 1, Braves 8  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 16 9:03 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GREG NORTON (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF ALEX HINSHAW SCORED OMAR INFANTE.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0, ATLANTA 8
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: K JOHNSON (.267, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Giants 0, Braves 8  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 16 8:38 PM
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    McTool Added 10 roots

    Giants 0, Braves 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 16 8:32 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE HAMPTON SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M HAMPTON ON FIRST, J FRANCOEUR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G BLANCO (.262, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Giants 0, Braves 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 16 8:16 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED GREG NORTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J FRANCOEUR ON FIRST, K JOHNSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M HAMPTON (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants 0, Braves 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 16 8:15 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KELLY JOHNSON SCORED OMAR INFANTE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHNSON ON FIRST, G NORTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.228, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Giants 0, Braves 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 16 8:12 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY OMAR INFANTE SCORED CHIPPER JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O INFANTE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.230, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Giants 0, Braves 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 16 8:11 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GREGOR BLANCO SCORED JEFF FRANCOEUR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G BLANCO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.282, 0-FOR-0, HBP)

    Giants 0, Braves 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 16 7:53 PM


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    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J FRANCOEUR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    ATLANTA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M HAMPTON (.286, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Giants 0, Braves 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 16 7:51 PM