ATLANTA (AP) -Cast in the unlikely role of last man standing among the Braves' four former 20-game winners,
Hampton gave up two runs in six innings and Atlanta beat the
San Francisco Giants
11-5 on Saturday night to end a five-game losing streak, including four straight at Turner Field.
Hampton gave the Atlanta rotation a lift on the day 300-game winner
confirmed he'll miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
already have had season-ending surgeries.
''It's just been a weird year; I don't think anyone would expect it,'' Hampton said. ''I wouldn't wish it on any staff to
Hampton knows more than he cares to about season-ending surgeries.
Hampton (2-1) missed the 2006 and 2007 seasons with elbow surgeries and had his 2008 debut pushed back almost four months
by other injuries. In his fifth start since returning, he allowed seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
''For him to come back and hopefully do this for us is going to be nice,'' Braves outfielder
said. ''He pitched great. Hopefully he'll do it the rest of the season. Hopefully we can get him back next year and he can
do it the whole year.''
Hampton earned his first win in Atlanta since Aug. 14, 2005. Each of his two wins this season has come against the Giants.
He said he doesn't consider his comeback complete.
''Without a doubt, the last six weeks are huge for me, not only prove to myself but to everybody else that I'm healthy and
can still get guys out,'' he said.
Francoeur, who hit eighth and began the night with a .227 batting average, had his first four-hit game of the season and drove
in two runs two days after he had a three-hit game.
''I think he's found something,'' said Braves manager
, who said each of Francoeur's four hits ''were all hit hard.''
hit a two-run homer and
also drove in two runs with two hits for Atlanta.
The Giants lost for the fifth time in six games. They have allowed 39 runs in the five losses.
San Francisco right hander
gave up seven hits and six runs in 2 1-3 innings in his major league debut. Palmer (0-1) started for
, who was placed on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder.
''Matt's game is command and getting ahead. It wasn't there for him,'' Giants manager
said. ''Whether nerves played a part, I don't know. But that was a rough night for the staff. It makes it a little more difficult
when your long man starts and we had to go get him early.''
Palmer is the club-record 15th rookie to make his major league debut with the Giants this season. The last team to have 15
players appear in their first major league games before September was the 1954 Philadelphia Athletics, according to the Elias
Hampton earned his second win in his last three starts one day after Glavine returned to the disabled list with a torn flexor
tendon in his left elbow.
Glavine said Saturday he plans to visit Dr. James Andrews in Alabama next week and said he would retire if elbow ligament
replacement surgery is needed. Glavine expects to have surgery to repair the tendon. Smoltz has had shoulder surgery that
could end his career, and Hudson had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Aug. 8.
''Trust me, I've been through it,'' Hampton said. ''I just hope everybody heals and can pitch if they have the opportunity.''
had run-scoring hits off Palmer in the second before the Braves knocked the rookie out of the game by sending 10 batters to
the plate in their four-run third. Infante had a RBI double, and
, Francoeur and Hampton added run-scoring singles for a 6-0 lead.
had two doubles and an RBI for the Giants.