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Hanson helps Braves beat Nationals 11-5

Sep 27, 2009 - 4:26 AM WASHINGTON(AP) -- Tommy Hanson is a major reason why the Atlanta Braves are closing the season with a flourish. They're going to need more than Hanson's help to get into the playoffs.

The rookie pitched seven innings Saturday for his 11th win, Yunel Escobar drove in three runs and the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive victory.

Atlanta pulled within 2 1/2 games of Colorado for the NL wild card when the Rockies lost 6-3 to St. Louis, which clinched the NL Central title. The Braves (84-70) have won 13 of 15 and are 50-30 since June 27, improving to a season-best 14 games over .500.

Hanson (11-4) allowed four hits and four runs - three of them on Mike Morse's pinch-hit homer. The right-hander, who made his major league debut on June 7, struck out seven and walked one.

"Since I've been up here, we've been playing really well," Hanson said. "Hopefully, we keep winning games and get lucky."

Atlanta was six games under .500 before going on its impressive run. Besides Hanson's promotion, the Braves traded for Nate McLouth in late May and Adam LaRoche in late July.

"It's getting to be a lot more fun," manager Bobby Cox said. "I think we're pretty good right now."

It could be difficult for Atlanta to catch the Rockies, but the Braves have four more games against the woeful Nationals, who lost for the 102nd time, matching their total from last year with eight games remaining.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann said the 6-foot-6, 23-year-old Hanson has played a key role in launching the team into contention.

"What he brings to the team is a guy who has No. 1-type stuff," he said.

The Braves took advantage of Washington's shoddy defense to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Yunel Escobar had a two-out, two-run single off Garrett Mock (3-10) in the first and third baseman Pete Orr's throwing error on Matt Diaz's slow roller led to two more runs.

Orr got the start in place of Ryan Zimmerman, who pinch hit in the eighth inning and flied out.

Right fielder Elijah Dukes committed the first of his two errors in the second, muffing Chipper Jones' fly ball for a two-base miscue that allowed Martin Prado to score. Dukes also committed an error in the ninth.

Washington has allowed five unearned runs on four errors in the last two games.

"If it could go wrong, it went wrong," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "Freakish things are happening."

Atlanta broke it open with five runs in the ninth. McCann hit a two-run homer, Jones and Escobar had RBI doubles and LaRoche singled in a run.

"You can't really take any hitters off in our lineup," Jones said. "It was just a matter of time before we put it all together and started rattling off wins."

Mock, who lost his fifth consecutive decision, allowed six runs, four earned, and seven hits in five innings. Willie Harris had a two-out RBI single in the third, Morse connected in the fifth and Ian Desmond added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for Washington.

NOTES: Riggleman said Zimmerman is a little banged up. "He's been playing through some nagging stuff," Riggleman said. "He's sore in a couple of different areas." Zimmerman expects to play Sunday. "I think everyone is banged up right now," he said. ... Nationals SS Cristian Guzman may not play in the field again this season. He's suffering from a sore shoulder, which has limited him to pinch hitting. ... Washington LHP Sean Burnett, whose bruised left thumb has hampered him, may not pitch again this season. "I doubt if we'll use him. That bone contusion has not gotten better," Riggleman said. ... Atlanta is 45-35 on the road and 39-35 at Turner Field.






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    Braves 11, Nationals 5  FinalSep 27 4:52 AM
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    Braves 11, Nationals 5  FinalSep 26 5:38 PM


  • Nationals 5, Braves 11 - FINAL
    ATLANTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    N McLouth cf 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 .264
    M Prado 2b 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 .306
    C Jones 3b 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .271
    B McCann c 4 2 2 2 1 0 1 .286
    G Anderson lf 5 0 2 1 0 1 4 .273
    R Gorecki pr-lf 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .208
    Y Esc

    Sep 26 3:54 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY IAN DESMOND SCORED ELIJAH DUKES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, J BARD ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 11
    WASHINGTON 5 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: M MORSE (.269, 1-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Braves 11, Nationals 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsSep 26 3:49 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A LAROCHE ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 11
    WASHINGTON 4 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M DIAZ (.321, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Braves 11, Nationals 4  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 3:38 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNEL ESCOBAR SCORED REID GORECKI
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, Y ESCOBAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 10
    WASHINGTON 4 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: A LAROCHE (.283, 1-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Braves 10, Nationals 4  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 3:35 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRIAN MCCANN (21) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF RON VILLONE SCORED CHIPPER JONES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 9, WASHINGTON 4
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G ANDERSON (.271, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Braves 9, Nationals 4  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 3:31 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHIPPER JONES SCORED NATE MCLOUTH
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JONES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 7
    WASHINGTON 4 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.284, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Braves 7, Nationals 4  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 3:27 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE MORSE (1) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF TOMMY HANSON SCORED ALBERTO GONZALEZ AND JOSH
    BARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, WASHINGTON 4
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W HARRIS (.228, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Braves 6, Nationals 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 26 2:30 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED MARTIN PRADO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ANDERSON ON SECOND, B MCCANN ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.299, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Braves 6, Nationals 1  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 26 2:08 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLIE HARRIS SCORED IAN DESMOND
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W HARRIS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: P ORR (.278, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 5, Nationals 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 26 1:55 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ELIJAH DUKES ALLOWED MARTIN PRADO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JONES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.286, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves 5, Nationals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 26 1:32 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 4 4 4 0
    WASHINGTON 0 0 1 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - TOMMY HANSON
    WAS - GARRETT MOCK

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W HARRIS (.226, 7 HR, 26 RBI)
    P ORR (.283, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
    J WILLINGHAM (.270, 23 HR, 60 RBI)

    Braves 4, Nationals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 26 1:19 PM