ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy Hanson ended his long winless stretch. It remains to be seen if it was enough to earn a spot in the Braves' postseason rotation.
David Ross and Andrelton Simmons raced home on left fielder Bryan Petersen's costly error, sending Hanson and Atlanta to a 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Hanson (13-9) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since July 30, also against Miami. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his previous seven starts.
"I think I did all right — not good, not bad," Hanson said. "I would have liked to have gone a little deeper."
Atlanta has won five in a row. The Braves, who have clinched at least a wild-card berth, remained four games behind Washington in the NL East.
Kris Medlen is expected to start for Atlanta in a wild-card game. If the Braves advance in the playoffs, a four-man rotation likely would include Tim Hudson and Mike Minor. That would leave Hanson and Paul Maholm competing for the final spot.
Hanson, who struck out four and walked two against Miami, likely will have one more regular-season start at Pittsburgh.
"He did OK," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He kept us in the ballgame. He kind of scattered the ball around control-wise."
Miami led 2-0 before the Braves scored four runs in the fourth inning. Dan Uggla and Simmons had run-scoring doubles before Jacob Turner (1-4) walked Jose Constanza to load the bases.
Petersen dropped Martin Prado's sinking liner, allowing Ross and Simmons to score.
Petersen said the ball was "in and out" of his glove.
"It's a ball I have to catch," he said. "There aren't a lot of excuses you can make right there. It's a catchable ball."
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was disappointed the defense didn't provide better support for Turner, who allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in six innings.
"One of these days when this kid pitches we might play better for him," Guillen said. "I hope. Before his career's over.
"The last two outings he's pitched well but I think his teammates let him down. He was one out away from having a very good inning and we didn't do it for him."
Miami has lost seven straight for its longest slide of a disappointing year. The Marlins also were swept by the Mets during an 0-6 road trip.