Jul 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson (48) delivers to the plate during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Atlanta opened the scoring in the top of the second inning against Joe Blanton. With two outs, Brian McCann launched his third home run in as many games into the right field stands that gave the Braves a short-lived 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Philadelphia rallied back and put up a crooked number. Carlos Ruiz led off with a double, and advanced to third on a single from Hunter Pence. Ruiz was then called out at the plate on a fielders choice off the bat of Placido Polanco.
Juan Pierre followed with a double off the wall in right field that brought in Pence to tie the game at one. Hanson then intentionally walked John Mayberry Jr. to load the bases for Blanton, who singled to right. Blanton's single brought in Polanco to give the Phils a 2-1 lead.
A Jimmy Rollins grounder allowed Pierre to score and upped the lead to 3-1.
Bourn singled with two outs in the third, and came all the way around to score on a Martin Prado double to make it a 3-2 game.
The Braves took the lead for good in the fourth inning, as Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman led off with back-to-back singles. McCann brought in Chipper on yet another single, and Freeman made it to third on an error from Pence. Two batters later, Simmons allowed Freeman to come in and score on a sacrifice fly to right field.
That gave the Braves a 4-3 lead.
A single from Simmon and a sacrifice bunt from Hanson advanced Simmons to second to start the seventh inning. Bourn then walked, putting runners on first and second for Prado, who singled up the middle to score Simmons and make it a 5-3 game.
That would be the end of the night for Blanton, who was replaced by Jake Diekman. A double steal moved the runners up to second and third for Jason Heyward. Heyward struck out, but the ball got away, and Bourn stole home on the throw down to up the advantage to 6-3.
They stole four bases in the seventh inning.
After the three-run second, Hanson retired 12 straight Phillies and cruised through the next the five innings.
His final line was 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 R, 1 BB, and 6 K.
Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless eighth, and Craig Kimbrel recorded his 24th save of the year to seal the deal in the ninth.