ATLANTA — Tommy Hanson pitched seven scoreless innings, Troy Glaus drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves returned to their winning ways at home with a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Atlanta has won 10 of its last 11 at Turner Field and is 20-7 overall at home this season.
One night after stranding 14 runners in a 10-4 loss to the Rays, the Braves took a 3-0 lead with two outs in the third on Brian McCann’s RBI double and Glaus’ two-run single.
Facing the Rays for the first time, Hanson (7-3) made the early edge stand up. He allowed three hits and struck out six, improving to 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA over his last five starts.
After Hanson left for a pinch-hitter, Peter Moylan got the first two outs of the eighth, and rookie Jonny Venters recorded the game’s last four outs despite Ben Zobrist’s broken-bat RBI single and Dioner Navarro’s pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth.
Rookie Wade Davis (5-7) lost his third straight start. He dropped to 2-6 with a 6.48 ERA over his last eight starts.
Atlanta went ahead 4-0 in the sixth on Eric Hinske’s fifth homer. Melky Cabrera and Martin Prado added RBI singles in the eighth for a 6-0 lead.
Prado, who went 3-for-5, increased his NL hits lead to 95.
NOTES: Rays SS Jason Bartlett went 0 for 2 after missing the last 14 games with a strained right hamstring. He was activated from the disabled list before the game. ... Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford made a sliding catch near the foul line to rob Jason Heyward of a single in the first. ... The Braves placed RHP Chris Resop on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. ... Glaus leads the NL since May 1 with has 42 RBIs. Of his 51 RBIs this season, 25 have come with two out.