Hanson looks to lead the Braves to their longest winning streak over the last-place Astros in 20 years Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Atlanta (37-28) has won 10 of the last 11 meetings with Houston (24-41), including six in a row.
Another victory Sunday would give the Braves their longest winning streak over the Astros since taking 10 in a row June 26-Oct. 5, 1991, two seasons before Jones - now 39 - made his major league debut after being drafted first overall in 1990.
The Braves cruised to an 11-4 win in Friday’s series opener, then kept their current streak going more narrowly Saturday, when Brian McCann’s(notes) homer provided three of their four runs in the 10th inning of a 6-3 victory - their major league-leading eighth extra-inning win.
“I think this team has probably taken about 10 years off my life already, but we’re doing pretty well in late innings and close situations,” said Jones, who has five hits in this series including two doubles and a homer. “They build character and the more and more we do it, the more confidence we have.”
Giving the ball to Hanson (7-4, 2.59 ERA) should give the Braves a good chance to make things easier on themselves.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four starts against the Astros. He beat them again May 16 by yielding one earned run and three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of a 3-2 home victory.
Hanson improved to 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four road starts after earning a 1-0 win at Florida on Tuesday, holding the Marlins to two hits in six innings while fanning six.
Pence is batting .391 with 15 RBIs during his run, which is the longest by an Astro since Willy Tavares’ club-record 30-game streak in 2006.
Brett Myers(notes) (2-5, 5.02) will toe the rubber four Houston looking to win at home for the first time since allowing one run in seven innings of an 11-2 victory over Chicago on April 12. The right-hander’s five starts at Minute Maid Park since then have all resulted in Houston defeats. He’s gone 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA and nine homers allowed in those outings.
Myers’ struggles at home continued Tuesday, as he gave up five runs in six innings of a 7-4 loss to St. Louis.
“I know that all five of the runs he gave up were with two outs, but at the same time, he was able to keep his pitch count down and do a pretty good job of making pitches,” manager Brad Mills(notes) told the Astros’ official website. “We talked about two-out hits and how we like to get those because it’s almost like a back-breaker.”
Myers is 0-4 with a 5.35 ERA in his last six starts against the Braves, including a 3-2 loss at Atlanta on May 16 in which he allowed two runs in six innings.
Jones is 12 for 38 with three homers off Myers, and is a .395 career hitter in 37 games at Minute Maid Park.