Atlanta 5, Tampa Bay 3

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, May 18, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson,
Attendance - 19693

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Atlanta 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 10 0
Tampa Bay 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 25-15 10-7 15-8 W2
Tampa Bay 24-16 14-5 10-11 L2

Recap


Braves 5, Rays 3: Martin Prado hit a two-run homer and Tommy Hanson pitched seven strong innings as visiting Atlanta handed Tampa Bay just its fifth home loss of the season.

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Prado added two hits and scored three times as the NL East-leading Braves won their 15th road game, most in the majors.

Atlanta jumped on Tampa Bay starter James Shields (6-2) for two runs in the first. Prado doubled and scored on Freeman’s single to center before Chipper Jones scored on a Shields wild pitch.

The Rays touched Hanson for single runs in the second and third, tying the contest at 2-2 on Luke Scott’s sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the third.

Atlanta took the lead for good in the fifth on Freeman’s RBI double to left, scoring Prado. Brian McCann drove home Freeman with a single to right-center, giving the Braves a 4-2 advantage.

Prado’s solo homer to left in the seventh, his third of the season, pushed Atlanta’s lead to 5-2.

Hanson (5-3) scattered six hits across seven innings, walking two and striking out three. He threw 71 of his 106 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to 3.31.

Shields, vying to become the majors’ first seven-game winner, surrendered seven hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Scott finished 3-for-3 and Elliot Johnson added two hits for the Rays. … Tampa Bay OF B.J. Upton stole two bases. … McCann raised his average to .260 with two hits.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Atlanta   Tampa Bay
Tommy Hanson Player James Shields
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.0
3 Strikeouts 8
6 Hits 7
2.57 ERA 6.00
Hitting
Atlanta   Tampa Bay
Martin Prado Player Luke Scott
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 2
1 HR 0
6 TB 3
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Atlanta 10 1 15 .278 16 12 4 4 1 0
Tampa Bay 7 0 7 .219 12 4 3 2 3 1

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Rays have a W/L % of .680 after a win and .467 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Braves have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .625 after a loss.