ATLANTA — Tommy Hanson shut down another AL East team, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Saturday for their season-best sixth straight win.
Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit his first career homer off Drew Hutchison (5-3) in the seventh. Michael Bourn had three hits.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the only inning the Blue Jays had a runner reach third base. Toronto has lost three straight, including the first two games of the series.
Hanson (7-4) improved to 6-0 in six career starts against teams from the AL East, including a win at Tampa Bay on May 18. He gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings while improving to 7-2 in interleague play overall.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 18th save in 19 chances.
Uggla connected against Hutchison in the third, hitting a drive to center for his 11th homer. Bourn reached on a one-out single and McCann walked with two down before Uggla went deep.
The Braves, who began the day one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East, are 8-1 since losing eight straight.
Hutchinson, a 21-year-old rookie making his first interleague start, gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Simmons, playing in only his second home game, led off the seventh with his first homer. He was given the silent treatment for a few seconds before he was swarmed by his teammates in the dugout.
Jose Constanza followed with his second infield hit. Hanson then sacrificed before Bourn greeted left-hander Luis Perez with an RBI double.
Hanson gave up only two hits through five innings before struggling with two outs in the sixth. Colby Rasmus singled and scored on Bautista’s 17th homer, cutting Atlanta’s lead to 3-2. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a single before Kelly Johnson ended the inning with a deep fly ball caught by Constanza at the wall in left.
Blue Jays left fielder Rajai Davis left the game after the fifth inning with a jammed left middle finger. He missed one game earlier in the week after jamming the same finger. Mike McCoy replaced Davis in left field.
Atlanta helped Hanson with a couple of nice plays in the field. Jason Heyward made a diving catch in right to take a hit away from McCoy in the seventh, and third baseman Martin Prado made a diving stop on Encarnacion’s sharp grounder in the fourth.
Notes: The Braves held a pregame ceremony to remember the 20-year anniversary of “The Slide.” Francisco Cabrera’s ninth-inning hit drove in Sid Bream to give the Braves their 1992 NL championship series victory over the Pirates. Bream scored from second on a slide at the plate. The Braves then lost to the Blue Jays in the World Series. ... Players from the 1992 team, including John Smoltz, whose No. 29 was retired on Friday, lost to another team of former Braves players in a softball game. ... RHP Daniel Farquhar, designated for assignment by Toronto on Saturday, was claimed on waivers by Oakland. ... Bourn has a nine-game hitting streak. ... RHP Julio Teheran will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a fill-in start for Tim Hudson today. Hudson has bone spurs in his left ankle and could return to the rotation on Wednesday against the Yankees. LHP Ricky Romero will start for Toronto.