Aramis Ramirez and Juan Francisco each drove in one run and Donovan Hand tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first career major league start as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, for the second time in as many days in this three-game set at Miller Park.
Ramirez, who finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, needs just one hit for 2,000 in his career. Hand allowed just two hits and struck out three while Burke Badenhop (1-3) earned the win after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless frames in relief.
Francisco Rodriguez worked around a one-out single in the ninth to notch his 300th career save and sixth of the season.
The struggles continued for Atlanta starter Tim Hudson (4-7), who is 0-6 over his last nine outings while receiving just 10 runs of support. He lasted six frames and yielded both runs on seven hits and four walks in defeat.
The Braves, losers in five of six, have also dropped a season-high five straight on the road, where they are 11-22 since April 19.
B.J. Upton and Andrelton Simmons each collected two hits to account for the Atlanta's total of four on the afternoon.
The Brewers and Braves play again Sunday at 12:35pm on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.