The Braves put up 13 hits and led from the third inning on as Tommy Hanson was electric. For the first five innings, he allowed only one hit, that a bunt against a shift for a single. In seven shutout innings of work he allowed just three hits and one walk, and struck out six. He had one jam, in the sixth, when he gave up two of the hits and the one walk, but got a break when a Rays player was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball.
The Braves took the lead in the third on a two-out double by McCann which scored Prado, followed by a single from Glaus to score Heyward and McCann. It held there until the sixth when Hinske hit a solo homer. They got two insurance runs in the eighth as Melky singled in Blanco and Prado followed with another single to score Yunel.
Moylan opened the eighth with two strikeouts, but walked the next batter and was replaced by Venters, who got the out to finish it. Venters gave up two two-out hits in the ninth to allow two runs to score, forcing Wagner to start warming up, but got a groundout to end it.
Prado had three hits and is now hitting .338. The Braves also got three hits from the left fielders (two by Hinske, one by Blanco) and Yunel even had a double among his two hits, getting his slugging percentage above .300. Hey, it’s a start.