Atlanta Braves starter Tommy Hanson works in the first inning Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus homered to back a strong start by Tommy Hanson and help the Atlanta Braves move into
first place in the National League East with a 9-3 victory Monday
over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves, winners of six straight, are one-half game ahead of
Philadelphia, which has dropped two straight and nine of 13.
Improving to 16-4 since May 10, the Braves have made up 7½ games
in the NL East since May 17, when they were in last place. Atlanta
hasn't held first place in the division this late in a season since
Philadelphia, which was shut out in five of its previous eight
games, had just three hits off Hanson (5-3) before the right-hander
left with two outs in the seventh.