Marlins-Braves Preview

Atlanta Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson had very little control

last week against the Miami Marlins, but it all worked out.

It didn’t for the uncharacteristically wild Mark Buehrle in his

recent outing versus Atlanta.

Hanson will try to lead the Braves to a sixth consecutive

victory Monday night and help them continue their mastery of the

Marlins as he squares off against Buehrle in the opener of this

four-game set.

Facing Miami for the first time in 2012, Hanson (11-5, 4.39 ERA)

walked a career-high seven and allowed seven stolen bases in

Wednesday’s 7-1 road win. He became the first pitcher since

Seattle’s Randy Johnson on July 29, 1989, to win despite walking at

least seven and giving up seven or more steals.

“I have no idea how I did that,” Hanson said after the Braves

won for the ninth time in his last 10 starts. “… The good part is

that we won and, hopefully, I can do a better job next time.”

While Hanson improved to 8-2 with a 3.78 ERA on the road, he’s

3-3 with a 5.19 ERA at Turner Field.

Hanson, the team leader in strikeouts with 110, will try to set

a career high in victories after the Braves (57-44) completed a

three-game sweep of Philadelphia with Sunday’s 6-2 win.

Atlanta is four back of NL East-leading Washington but 2 1/2 up

on Los Angeles for the second wild-card spot.

“(The Phillies have) been winning the division for a long time

and they’ve handled us pretty well. Now we’ve got to get over that

hump of beating the Nationals,” said Chipper Jones, whose 10th

homer moved him past Pete Rose for the second-most (1,042)

extra-base hits all-time among switch-hitters.

The Braves, who won seven straight earlier in July, are in

search of their first five-game surge at home since July 4-15,


Miami (47-54), meanwhile, is going for its first road win in six

tries as it opens a stretch of 22 of 28 away from home.

The Marlins arrive in Atlanta after winning their second

straight Sunday, 5-4 in 10 innings over San Diego on Justin

Ruggiano’s walkoff RBI single.

Buehrle (9-9, 3.31) will try to give Miami its first three-game

winning streak since July 4-6 after a start in which he had rare

control issues. The left-hander walked a season-high four in five

innings of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Atlanta.

Buehrle is among the majors’ 10 best with 1.58 walks per nine


“Walking four guys, obviously that’s not me,” said Buehrle, one

win shy of reaching double digits for the 12th consecutive season.

“… Just one of those days where I didn’t have stuff.”

Buehrle will make his second career start in Atlanta after

giving up four runs over six innings in an 8-4 win May 16.

Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes, 6 for 15 with three doubles off

Hanson, will try to extend the majors’ longest current hitting

streak to 17. Reyes was 5 for 11 with a homer last week against the


Atlanta, which has outscored Miami 44-17 in winning six of eight

this season, has won 17 of 23 overall in this series.