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Hanson cruises, Braves jump on Gaudin in 6-2 win

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones scores as San Diego Padres catcher Eliezer Alfonzo tries to field an off-line throw Wednesday.
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones scores as San Diego Padres catcher Eliezer Alfonzo tries to field an off-line throw Wednesday.
Denis Poroy, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Tommy Hanson shut down San Diego long enough for his teammates to get a comfortable lead against Chad Gaudin and the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday.

Atlanta's 14 hits were all singles. Nate McLouth and Chipper Jones had three apiece, and each Braves regular had at least one hit. The Braves won two of three and are probably sad to leave Petco Park. They tied their season high with 17 hits in a 9-2 win on Tuesday night.

San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff tied a team record by hitting into three double plays. Atlanta turned four overall.

Hanson (6-2) held San Diego to two hits trough five scoreless innings before faltering in his last inning, the sixth. He allowed Everth Cabrera's one-out double before Will Venable hit a towering home run down the right-field line to pull the Padres to 6-2. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single and was erased when Kouzmanoff hit into a double play for the third time.

It was Venable's sixth homer overall and fifth in his last seven games, a span in which he also has 12 RBIs and seven runs scored.

Gaudin (4-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Garret Anderson hit an RBI single in the first. McLouth singled in a run in the second and Martin Prado followed with a sacrifice fly. McLouth had another RBI single with one out in the fourth and Prado followed with a single to chase Gaudin. Luis Perdomo came on and allowed Jones' third base hit and a two-run single to Brian McCann that gave the Braves a 6-0 lead.

San Diego's Chase Headley tripled leading off the fifth and was thrown out at home by Ryan Church on Kyle Blanks' fly ball to right. Replays showed Headley was safe.

NOTES: Hanson, who's from Redlands, Calif., said he left more than 100 tickets for family and friends. ... On Tuesday night, Matt Diaz became the first Braves player since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 to homer and hit into three double plays in the same game, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The last big leaguer to do that was Scott Rolen for St. Louis against Cincinnati on Aug. 27, 2002.