Why can’t the Braves play some normal games once in a while? My nerves can’t take this.
Okay… Horacio Ramirez started and was shaky in the first, allowing two runs on a two-out rally which ended with Sean Casey going goofy at home plate when he was thrown out. Then the Braves came back with a run on a DeRosa single in the second and tied it with Adam LaRoche’s first career homer in the sixth. But then Casey hit a solo homer to give the Reds the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Then in the eighth, DeRosa drove in two more runs with a two-out single to give the Braves the lead, but Julio Franco got throw out at third when he mysteriously jogged into the base rather than sliding. And then Casey hit another homer, a two-run shot off of Chris Reitsma (supposedly his best friend) to give the Reds the lead. And then in the top of the ninth, Marcus Giles drove in Rafael Furcal with two out to tie the game. And then (deep breath) in the tenth, Andruw hit a solo homer to take the lead, and the Braves rallied with two out and Furcal hit a three-run homer. Smoltz restored normality by shutting the Reds out in the bottom of the inning.
Seven Braves starters got hits, everyone but Eddie Perez. DeRosa had a big game, as you see, and also walked twice and scored a run. So he gets a reprieve around here for another day or two, maybe… Jaret Wright faces Cory Lidle in the rubber match tomorrow in a day game.