were just glad to see
out of the game.
One inning after the
' rookie pitcher left,
hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
Hanson had been overpowering for eight innings, striking out seven and allowing five singles and no walks in his longest major
So Houston felt it had a chance when closer
(1-5) entered to try to get the save.
Kaz Matsui led off the ninth with a single and
doubled to left.
was intentionally walked and Tejada's single up the middle handed Soriano his fourth blown save.
Tejada admitted he was glad to not have to face Hanson.
''Not just me,'' Tejada said. ''Everybody was. The way the game was going, the way he was pitching, we weren't doing much.
''The kid is unbelievable. He pitched a great game. I just tried to hit the ball up the middle with the bases loaded. That's
what I do best.''
was another person happy that Hanson was out of the game.
''We probably wouldn't have gotten anything off of him,'' Cooper said. ''It didn't look like it. We had chances and we didn't
really do anything against him. That kid's pretty impressive.''
The Braves, who have lost six of seven, were stunned.
''It (the loss) was awful the way he pitched,'' Atlanta manager
said. ''He pitched terrific baseball. He had everything going.
''Hanson was right at 100 (pitches). He wanted to go back out and could have come back out. But you have to be careful. You
always want to start your closer with a clean inning. You don't want him to come in with men on. And we've got confidence
Hanson was pragmatic about the loss.
''That's just the way it goes sometimes,'' he said. ''We did a good job of keeping runs off the board. That's just baseball.
''Everything felt really good. I would definitely say that was one of my better starts.''
Hanson would have liked to go one more inning.
''I understood the situation (in the ninth) 100 percent,'' he said. ''He's the manager and I do what he says. Every start,
I want to go back out. (Cox) is the one who decides when I come out of the game. That's the way it goes.''
(4-2) struck out two in a perfect ninth for the win.
went seven innings, allowing one run and three hits, striking out six.
Rodriguez, who retired 10 of 11 hitters from the second through the fifth innings, has limited opponents to one run or less
in 11 of his last 13 starts.
The Braves went ahead in the second inning when
led off with a walk and went to second on
's infield groundout.
drove in Escobar with a single to right.
NOTES: Astros 3B
left the game in the third inning with a contusion to his right lower leg and a mild ankle sprain. He was injured sliding
into second base.
made his major league debut replacing Blum. ... It was the fifth straight game decided by one run for Houston. The Astros
are 4-1 in the games. ... The Braves are 24-21 in one-run games after going a majors-worst 11-30 last season. ... The Braves
have had 84 quality starts, nine more than all last season.