The cure for a struggling offense is apparently Chris Volstad. The Braves have scored in three straight innings between the third and fifth and lead the Marlins through five, 5-0.
After two perfect innings by Volstad to start the game, the Braves struck for two runs in the third. Martin Prado singled with two outs, followed by a double from Nate McLouth that scored him. Chipper Jones followed with a single to drive in McLouth.
The Braves tacked on a run in the fourth on a solo homer by Jason Heyward to dead center. Prado doubled to lead off the fifth, and after McLouth bunted him to third, Chipper sac flied him in. Brian McCann added a solo homer for Atlanta's fifth run. Dan Uggla doubled after McCann's shot, and after Heyward was intentionally walked, Volstad was pulled.
Volstad allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. Prado scored two of the runs on two hits, including a double. Chipper has two RBI; McLouth, McCann and Heyward have one each.
Tommy Hanson has looked much better in his start through five innings, allowing two doubles and two singles over five scoreless innings. The best part is five strikeouts to one walk. He has much better command of the fastball, including a painted strikeout of Hanley Ramirez in the first. He also has seven groundouts to one flyout.