needed a couple of innings to get comfortable after a 10-day layoff.
''It was a lot of fun,'' he said. ''It took a while to get my release point going, but once I got in the groove a little bit,
everything came together.''
Hanson struck out 11 to remain unbeaten,
hit a two-run homer, and the
San Francisco Giants
11-3 on Monday night in
's first start since his no-hitter.
had a tiebreaking two-run triple in Atlanta's six-run seventh inning, helping the Braves snap a five-game skid against San
Francisco. Atlanta has won four of five and six of eight overall.
Sanchez struck out eight over six solid innings in his first game since his gem against San Diego on July 10. He gave up three
runs and four hits.
''I felt the same,'' Sanchez said, comparing his last two starts. ''I was comfortable. Everything was working. I had a good
slider and good location. I didn't walk but one guy.''
Said Giants manager
: ''He pitched very well against a tough lineup. He gave up a couple of home runs, but he kept his composure.''
(2-1) replaced Sanchez and failed to record an out, allowing four runs and four hits.
had an RBI single after Diaz tripled, and pinch-hitter
with a two-run homer.
added a run-scoring single.
Diaz came up big after fouling off two sacrifice attempts against Romo.
''It's embarrassing I can't do it in the big leagues,'' Diaz said. ''It worked out well, but needless to say, there will be
extra bunting practice in the near future.''
San Francisco's bullpen had allowed a major league-low 93 earned runs. The Giants have lost four of five since winning seven
Hanson (5-0) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. His 11 Ks were the most by an Atlanta rookie, topping the
10 accomplished four times - most recently by
on Sept. 11 against Colorado.
Because the Braves needed a reliever after Hanson recorded his second straight no-decision in Atlanta's 7-6 loss July 9 at
Colorado, he was optioned to the minors in a procedural move. Atlanta called him back up Monday morning, but Hanson's only
work on the mound during the 10-day layoff was with pitching coach
at Turner Field.
''Tommy had his best all-around stuff tonight, I think, with all the strikeouts,'' manager
said. ''He was around the plate all night with strike one many times and he used his fastball to set up the breaking balls.
He had them guessing. He had a lot of movement and a lot of strikes.''
hit a two-run double off Hanson in the first, but
connected in the second and Jones went deep in the third to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead. It was Anderson's seventh of the season
and No. 11 for Jones.
Hanson retired 14 straight, six on strikeouts, before center fielder
misjudged a fly ball by
with one out in the seventh. Uribe, credited with a triple, slid safely into third after Anderson picked up the ball behind
McLouth and made a late throw.
tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly. The Giants put runners on first and second with two out, but Hanson retired
on a soft groundout.
''I think this is the best my arm's felt,'' Hanson said. ''I felt like I was running out of gas but I wanted to battle through.
I always want to stay in the game.''
allowed two runs in the eighth on Church's RBI single and McLouth's sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Giants CF Rowand jogged off the field with no out in the eighth and was replaced by
. Rowand, who was hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Hanson leading off the game, flinched in pain as he made a relay
throw after picking up Kotchman's single. ''The contusion got tighter and tighter as the game wore on,'' said Rowand, who
went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. ''I'm going to ice it again tonight. Hopefully this knot will go away.''
... The Braves sent RHP
to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Hanson. ... Bochy said rookie LHP
(2-1) will start opposite
(8-7) on Tuesday. ... McLouth snapped a season-worst 0 for 17 hitless skid with a third-inning single. ... Anderson's homer
was the first this year that Sanchez has allowed to a left-handed batter.