ATLANTA (AP) - Tommy Hanson says the Braves aren't in panicking after their longest losing streak in two years reached eight games. Perhaps not, but the sense of urgency in the clubhouse is growing.
Lance Lynn joined Philadelphia's Cole Hamels as the major leagues' first eight-game winners, and the St. Louis Cardinals' beat the Braves 8-2 Monday to leave Atlanta in its losing funk.
Atlanta is on its worst skid since losing nine in a row from April 21-29, 2010. The Braves have fallen from first place to a last-place tie with the Phillies in the NL East ay 26-24.
"We've got to turn this thing around - soon," catcher Brian McCann said. "We've just got to stay afloat."
Atlanta has given up seven runs or more in four straight games for the first time since five in a row from July 26-30, 2008, according to STATS LLC.
"We've always been known for our pitching, and we will," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're just going through a stretch right now."
Atlanta was held to five hits one day after managing only three hits in a 7-2 loss to Washington.
"Two runs a game ain't getting it," Gonzalez said. "Getting two runs and giving up four and five ain't doing it, either." Hanson (5-4) gave up a season-high six runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
"I don't think anybody's panicking right now. We're still above .500," said Hanson, who had given up no more than two runs in his previous four starts.