LAWRENCEVILLE - In Tommy Hanson's last three home starts, the Gwinnett Braves' pitcher has thrown six-plus innings and never allowed more than three runs.
Every one of those games the team lost and Hanson went 0-1.
"You want to go out and get wins," Hanson said. "That is the point of pitching."
On Thursday, Hanson threw six innings again. He gave up one hit, one walk and no runs.
And his teammates' bats showed up just in time as the G-Braves beat Toledo 7-2.
With Jorge Campillo down from Atlanta on a rehab assignment Hanson's day was set to end after six innings. And in the bottom half of the sixth, with Hanson done for the day, the runs came.
Gwinnett exploded for five runs off four hits, including a Brooks Conrad two-run homer and RBI doubles from Brandon Jones, Van Pope and Clint Sammons. The runs ended a one-hit performance through five innings by Toledo's Jeremy Bonderman, also on a rehab assignment from Detroit.
"We manufactured some runs and did a good job executing tonight," manager Dave Brundage said.
Hanson's only hit came on a sharp drive that hit off his calf in the first inning.
"It does not feel good right now," Hanson said after the game.
It was a fluke it but it saved Brundage from having to pull his starter with a no-hitter and when Hanson didn't allow the hit to turn into a run it didn't matter.
"Everything felt good, all of my pitches," said Hanson, specifically noting he was more comfortable with his change-up. "I made some changes with it. I feel good about it now."
Hanson admitted to some trouble focusing in the first few innings, the only ones he allowed a base runner, but he retired the final 10 batters he faced.
"The final two to three innings I felt really good," he said.
Campillo finished off the game in the final three innings, giving up four hits and both runs to get a save in his rehab start. But Gwinnett kept scoring after the sixth, adding two in the seventh, with the same model.