Houston (15-25) at Atlanta (23-19)

Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Mon May 16, 2011
  • TV: FSH, FSS
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Tommy Hanson(notes) got off to a rough start for the Atlanta Braves, but he’s been stellar over his last four outings.

Given his mastery of the Houston Astros, Hanson appears to be in good position to continue his hot streak.

Atlanta goes for its seventh win in eight meetings with Houston as the teams open a two-game series Monday night at Turner Field.

Hanson (4-3, 2.51 ERA) began the season 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA, pitching fewer than six innings in three of those four starts. In four outings since, he’s gone 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA.

The right-hander saw his three-start winning streak end Wednesday, when he allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Braves (23-19) lost 7-3 in 11 innings to Washington.

Hanson has an opportunity to keep his unbeaten run going as he faces a team he’s had plenty of success against. He is 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in three career starts versus the Astros.

Chipper Jones’(notes) status for this game is uncertain, as he was a late scratch for Sunday’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia. The third baseman sat out with a sore knee.

Jones has had some success against Houston’s Brett Myers(notes) (1-3, 5.01), hitting .316 with three home runs and 10 walks.

Right fielder Jason Heyward(notes) missed his fifth straight game with a shoulder injury Sunday, but expects to be back Tuesday.

Dan Uggla’s(notes) tiebreaking home run off Roy Halladay(notes) lifted the Braves in the series finale against the Phillies. He has struggled in his first season with Atlanta, as he entered Sunday batting .196 and in an 0-for-10 slump over the previous three games.

The second baseman, though, had two hits and a walk and scored each of the Braves’ runs in his first multihit effort since May 4.

“You see how bad I’ve been scuffling so far this year,” Uggla said. “It feels good to be able to feel like you contributed.”

Uggla has certainly done that when he’s faced Myers, batting .350 (14 for 40) with five home runs.

Myers, 0-4 with 5.86 ERA in his most recent five starts against Atlanta, has gone 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in his last five starts overall. The right-hander allowed six earned runs for the second straight outing Tuesday in a 7-3 loss to Cincinnati.

The Astros (15-25) continued to struggle Sunday, losing for the sixth time in eight games with a 7-4 defeat to New York. Aneury Rodriguez(notes) didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, then allowed seven runs - four earned - and departed after five.

Houston’s 4.97 ERA going into Sunday was last in the major leagues.

Carlos Lee(notes), who got his 2,000th hit Saturday, extended his hitting streak to nine games in the finale against the Mets, though his error on a routine infield pop-up in the fifth triggered the collapse.

“For two weeks, he’s been swinging the bat pretty good and staying more consistent,” manager Brad Mills(notes) said.

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B. Myers Cle vs. T. Hanson CWS
7-14 Record 11-7
4.46 ERA 3.60
160 K 142
57 BB 46
1.31 WHIP 1.17


Monday, May 16