Rookie Hanson remains unbeaten

Associated Press

Tommy Hanson threw six scoreless innings despite a bout with flu, and home runs by Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson carried the Atlanta Braves past Boston, 2-1, Sunday, preventing a Red Sox sweep.

Pitching dominated the weekend series, with the teams combining for only nine runs in three games.

Hanson (4-0) kept it going, limiting the Red Sox to two hits on another sweltering day at Turner Field and extending his scoreless streak to 20 innings. He became the first National League rookie to beat the New York Yankees and Boston in consecutive starts.

Jones, mired in a 10-for-60 slump, took advantage when Brad Penny (6-3) hung a breaking ball in the first inning, driving the pitch for an opposite-field home run to left field.


It was the first home run since June 8 for the defending NL batting champion, whose average has slipped from .335 to .289 during the slide.