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Braves' Hansen wins 3rd straight

Atlanta second baseman Kelly Johnson bobbles a first-inning line drive off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks' Trent Oeltjen.
Atlanta second baseman Kelly Johnson bobbles a first-inning line drive off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks' Trent Oeltjen.
John Amis, AP

ATLANTA — Tommy Hanson isn't worried about how many innings he pitches as long as he can keep helping the Braves win.

Hanson gave up two runs in six innings for his third straight win and Ryan Church hit a three-run double in a six-run third inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves past Max Scherzer and the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Monday.

Hanson (8-2) gave up six hits and did not walk a batter for his second straight start. The right-hander struck out seven. He has thrown 146 innings this season, including 661?3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett before his June 7 promotion to Atlanta. His previous high was 138 innings in the minors last year.

Hanson said he hasn't tracked his innings count this year.

"I couldn't even tell you where I'm at," Hanson said. "I'm not even sure."

Hanson said he feels strong, and the results back up his claim. His ERA is 3.05, and he has allowed no more than two runs in nine of his 13 starts with Atlanta, including each of his three starts in August.

"I still feel strong and everything feels good," he said. "Hopefully if I can just keep going like I have been everything will be fine."

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, his 38th, off Boone Logan in the seventh, but he had a single and two strikeouts against Hanson.

GIANTS 10, METS 1: At New York, Aaron Rowand homered and had four hits, and San Francisco won to split the four-game series. Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz chased Livan Hernandez (7-8) with a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning that broke it open. Randy Winn added three hits for the Giants, who set a season high with 18. San Francisco, which began the day ranked next-to-last in the majors in runs, moved within one game of Colorado for the NL wild-card lead.

PIRATES 9, BREWERS 5: At Pittsburgh, Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered and Pittsburgh won for only the second time in its past 14 games. The Pirates scored four runs during a four-game losing streak and did not homer in their just-completed five-game trip. But eight of nine starters had hits Monday, seven scored and seven had at least one RBI. Mike Cameron and Price Fielder homered for the Brewers, who fell seven games behind Colorado in the NL wild card.

CARDINALS 3, DODGERS 2: At Los Angeles, Rick Ankiel put St. Louis ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Chris Carpenter pitched eight innings of five-hit ball in the Cardinals' ninth victory in 10 games. Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 39th homer as the Cardinals opened a seven-game California trip.

PADRES 4, CUBS 1: At San Diego, rookie Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of ninth for San Diego. The Cubs were one strike away from securing a 1-0 win when Chase Headley doubled off Kevin Gregg (4-5) to score David Eckstein, who walked with one out, from first base.