Braves beat Dodgers 9-3

LOS ANGELES  - Tommy Hanson turned around his sluggish start quickly enough to keep the Atlanta Braves - and himself - in the game.

 

It helps to have a batterymate who has a reputation for driving in runs.


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Brian McCann hit a two-run double during a seven-run seventh and added a two-run single in the eighth, leading the Braves to a 9-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. The four-time All-Star has 388 RBIs as a catcher since the start of the 2006 season, more than any other player at his position during that stretch.

"It's been a long time coming for me to help this team out offensively," said McCann, who has 22 RBIs this season. "I've been missing pitches all season long, and it's been frustrating. I'm hoping now I can get something going and be a presence in the middle of the order. It was nice to get a big hit tonight and keep this thing rolling."

Omar Infante drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single that kick-started the pivotal rally, which Troy Glaus capped with a two-run homer - his fifth in seven games. The victory was the 15th in 18 games for the Braves, who maintained their two-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East.

"Our lineup, one through eight, can really hurt you, and everybody's putting up consistently good ABs," McCann said. "When we're doing that, there's no easy outs in our lineup."

Hanson (6-3) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings and striking out six. The right-hander, who gave up fewer than three runs for the ninth time in his 12 starts, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh after trailing 2-0 against Chad Billingsley (6-3).

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