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Hanson fans eight over 5 2/3 frames of work

The Braves' scoreless-innings streak ended at 31 in their 11-3 victory Saturday, but they still carry a four-game winning streak into the final game of their weekend series against the Mets on Sunday afternoon.

The Braves last lost Tuesday, falling, 6-0, to the Rockies. Right-hander Tommy Hanson was Atlanta's starting pitcher that night, and he will again take the mound Sunday in Queens.

Hanson gave up two home runs to the Rockies, the 14th time in 26 starts this season he has given up at least one home run. Still, catcher David Ross said he thought Hanson threw well.

"Tommy just threw the heck out of the ball," Ross said. "That was one of his best outings that I've caught all year. He just really commanded his fastball in and out. He was getting the big breaking ball over to lefties. His slider wasn't the best one that he has had, but his other pitches were really good."

Right-hander Chris Young will start for the Mets. He has struggled against the Braves throughout his nine-year career and this season has been no different.

Young allowed five runs on six hits in three innings against the Braves on July 13, his lone appearance against Atlanta this season. After that game, Young said he put the Mets in too big a hole as they went on to lose, 7-5.

"I had trouble finding my rhythm early," Young said. "I needed to do a better job limiting the damage. If I had done so, I think we could have won the game. But I wasn't able to. I just dug us in too big a hole."

In six career starts against the Braves, Young is 2-3 with a 8.33 ERA. In 27 innings, he has allowed 34 hits and walked 10 batters. He has struck out 27.

Braves: Uggla confident his slump is over
• Second baseman Dan Uggla, who entered the series in New York hitting .179 with just 13 extra-base hits in the second half, told reporters Friday, "I'm back."

With his performance against the Mets this weekend, it appears Uggla is right. He is 5-for-7 with a home run in the first two games of the series.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is encouraged by what he has seen from Uggla.

"You can see him trying to come out of it," Gonzalez said. "Those are good signs."

• Sunday will be the Braves' last game without shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has been out since the All-Star break with a broken right pinkie. Gonzalez announced Saturday that Simmons will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday when the Braves open a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Paul Janish has filled in as the Braves' regular shortstop during Simmons' absence, playing superb defense but hitting .188 in 52 games.

Mets: Team needs one win to take home season series vs. Braves
• After Saturday's 11-3 loss, the Mets are 4-4 against the Braves at Citi Field this season. A win Sunday would mean New York would finish above .500 against Atlanta at home for the first time since 2008.

Overall, the Braves lead the season series 9-5 with four games left to play.

• Center fielder Andres Torres missed Saturday's game with a left knee injury that forced him to leave Friday's game in the second inning. Manager Terry Collins said Torres could have played and is listed as day to day.

Torres is hitting .225 with a .325 on-base percentage this season.

Worth noting
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will be playing his final game in Queens on Sunday. The longtime Mets nemesis was honored before Friday's series opener. Jones is 0-for-7 with an RBI in the first two games of the series. In 241 games against the Mets, Jones is hitting .311 with 49 home runs.

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