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Braves Win Series Over Marlins Behind Tommy Hanson's Weird Day

Tommy Hanson did something on Wednesday that has not been done in nearly 75 years. Hanson worked five innings of one-run ball, but he probably should have given up 10 runs if his line was any indication. He walked seven batters and allowed seven steals, but came up time and time again with big pitches when he needed them most.

The tall righty and a great performance from Kris Medlen led the Braves to a 7-1 win over the struggling Marlins in Miami.

Juan Francisco was the big story for the day. Making a start for the resting Chipper Jones, Francisco went 3-for-4 with a monster two-run homer. Michael Bourn hit a two-run homer of his own. Jason Heyward ambushed a ball the opposite way for a homer, his 15th of the season.

Jonny Venters worked a perfect ninth inning, a very encouraging sign of things to possibly come. His sinker was in the zone and down, something seldom achieved by the southpaw during the first half of the season.

The Braves will have an off-day on Thursday before returning home to begin a 10-game home stand that will begin with the suddenly-hot Phillies. It'll be Ben Sheets against Cole Hamels in the series opener.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.