ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A long delay proved to be worth the wait for
Thomson worked six effective innings and J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer as the Braves posted a 6-1 victory over the
The contest was delayed by rain for 3 hours, 20 minutes at the start, but the wait did not affect Thomson (6-6), who gave up one run and three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
"It caught me off guard," said Thomson, who spent most of the rain delay in the Braves bullpen. "I got loose fairly quickly (afterwards), which surprised me. I actually felt real good."
Thomson, who had lost his last four starts, won for the first time since June 3. The righthander also rebounded from a loss to Florida in his last outing.
"I was able to change speeds on them," Thomson said. "I got my slider where it should be. I executed my pitches in the right situation."
It's always location," added Braves manager
. "Anytime a pitcher's doing better than the previous time, it's always location.
Drew's 16th homer, with one out in the third inning, gave the Braves a 3-0 lead.
"I''s nice to have J.T. go out there and throw a good ballgame," Drew said. "It's nice to give him some run support. It's hard to turn it on at 11 o'clock at night, but the guys stayed focused and put good swings on out there and it turned out good."
, the subject of trade rumors, had an RBI double in the second and drove in another run with a single in the third for Atlanta.
"When the rain stopped, we had to go out there and try to win the game," Jones said. "In the end, we came through and we won it."
added three hits and
knocked in two runs for Atlanta, which won its third straight game.
(7-6) gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings.
"Penny sat for a long time after being fully warmed up," Marlins catcher
said. "That was a long wait. "He got some pitches over the plate. He had trouble with his curveball command.
Braves officials defended the move to start the game at almost 11 o'clock.
"There's lots of fans that have stuck around to wait for a baseball game, said Derek Schiller, the Braves vice president for sales and marketing. "As much as we're trying to respect those fans that had to leave, we're trying to respect those fans who stayed."
"I guess (the rain delay) paid off for them, Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Penny wasn't Penny tonight. Penny warmed up, then sat down. I don't know if that hurt him or not."
had an RBI double in the fourth for Florida, which managed just three hits.
The Braves have won three straight games for the first time since May 13-15.