Hernandez, who has a team-high six wins and a team-low 3.23 ERA, has pitched to a 2.35 ERA in winning his last three starts. On Friday, the 29-year-old right-hander tossed a four-hitter in a 2-0 home victory over Toronto, his NL-leading fourth complete game of the year.
“Everything was working. I didn’t miss any pitches,” said Hernandez, who leads the majors with 133 2-3 innings. “I threw everything right where I wanted it.”
Hernandez has put up his best numbers in the month of July throughout his nine-year career, going 22-10 with a 3.42 ERA in 38 starts.
However, the Cuban right-hander is only 2-10 with a 4.58 ERA in 15 career appearances, including 14 starts, against the Braves, including an 0-2 mark and 5.93 ERA in two outings this season.
After an 11-4 loss in the series opener on Monday, the Expos suffered a 1-0 defeat at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday.
Losers of eight of their last 12 games, the Expos have been shut out a major league-leading 12 times this season.
The Braves have won 10 of their last 13, and are back above .500 for the first time since June 8, when they were 29-28.
Right fielder J.D. Drew, who drove in the lone run on Tuesday, is riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .370 (10-for-27) with three homers, two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs.