PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds third base after hitting a home run off Tommy Hanson #48 of the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning during a MLB baseball game on September 21, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
There's no exact name for the fear of the number six, but apparently Tommy Hanson has it.
For the sixth straight start, and the tenth time in his last 11 starts, Hanson failed to complete six innings and allowed three of the four Phillies home runs. Meanwhile, Braves hitters continued their futility against Kyle Kendrick as they drop the first game of the series by a 6-2 score.
Juan Pierre didn't hit one of the four, but he just missed hitting a first-inning shot, instead settling for a one-out triple off the top of the right field wall; he scored soon thereafter on Chase Utley's groundout. Atlanta, though, tied the score at one in the second inning. Freddie Freeman drew a leadoff walk and Dan Uggla followed with a double before Brian McCann's groundout scored Freeman.
Kevin Frandsen untied the game in the bottom of the third, putting the Phillies in front again with a leadoff home run; it was his second homer of the season, but more of them followed. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth off Hanson, who's now given up 26 home runs this year.
More trouble for Hanson surfaced in the sixth. Utley walked leading off the inning and then stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. After Hanson struck out Howard, he was relieved for Cory Gearrin and Ruiz singled on the first pitch he saw to chase home the fifth Phillies run.
Kendrick retired 12 straight Braves before Uggla doubled with one out in the seventh. With Uggla at third and two out, Jose Constanza dropped a single behind second base to score Uggla and chase Kendrick.
Not one to be left out of the home run parade, Chase Utley homered in the eighth off Luis Avilan to put the game out of reach.