Success at the plate has paced the Atlanta Braves in their last two games.
The opposite has plagued the Milwaukee Brewers of late.
The Braves look for a third straight victory Tuesday night at Turner Field, while the Brewers try to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat.
Atlanta (15-15) has scored six runs in each of its last two games, including a 6-2 victory over Milwaukee on Monday to open this series. The Braves have won seven of 10, averaging 6.4 runs in the wins compared to 2.7 in the losses.
The Braves can move above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 on April 5.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez(notes) had three RBIs and was one of four Braves with two hits Monday. The six runs were only two fewer than Atlanta totaled while dropping three of four at Milwaukee last month.
Gonzalez is batting .321 with eight RBIs over his last seven games.
Tommy Hanson(notes) (3-3, 2.57 ERA) looks to win his third straight start when he takes the mound for the Braves. The right-hander has allowed one run in his last two outings, including a 7-0 victory at San Diego on Wednesday in which he limited the Padres to four hits in seven innings, striking out 10.
“The last two times out, Tommy has thrown extremely well,” Jones said. “That’s the kind of Tommy Hanson we need for 35 starts.”
One of Hanson’s losses came at Milwaukee on April 7, when he allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 defeat. He is 1-3 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers.
Braun may have a good chance to bounce back Tuesday, as he is 6 for 15 with four homers off Hanson. The Brewers could also get an offensive boost from center fielder Nyjer Morgan(notes), who was activated from the disabled list and is batting second in Tuesday’s lineup.
Morgan, who has been out with a bruised right quadriceps, is hitting .455.
However, Estrada is making a case to stay to with the big club. The right-hander hasn’t gotten a decision in either of his last two starts but has pitched well, allowing three runs in 13 innings.
Estrada gave up a two-run homer but only one other hit in seven innings of Milwaukee’s 3-2 victory over Cincinnati last Tuesday.
“Obviously, I want to show I belong here,” Estrada told the Brewers’ official website. “I’m putting it all out there, and hopefully I’m doing enough to stay around. I like it here.”
Estrada’s first career victory came against the Braves on April 6, when he allowed four runs in six innings. The Brewers won 5-4.