The Braves had nothing going to two out in the sixth, getting one-hit by Orlando Hernandez, trailing 1-0 after Jose Reyes scratched out a run single-handedly in the first. Harris drew a two-out walk, KJ, singled, and Chipper drove them both home on what really should have been scored a single but was called a double when he went to second on the throw. Teixeira singled, and it was 3-1.
John Smoltz didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but got through it throwing lots of sliders. Bobby lifted him with two on, one out in the seventh, at 101 pitches. Mahay came in and promptly walked the terrifying Damion Easley to load the bases. Somehow Reyes’ bloop didn’t drop, but Mahay then gave up a single to tie it to Luis Castillo. In the eighth, Soriano gave up a homer to the dessicated remains of Moises Alou.
Trailing 4-3, the Braves had a great chance to at least tie it when Chipper and Teixeira singled off of Wagner. Bobby hit Woodward for McCann, which I guess makes sense in a bunt situation against Wagner, and Woodward wound up walking on five pitches to load the bases. But Francoeur somehow hit a high outside pitch right to the third baseman, who forced Chipper at home. Andruw’s GIDP to follow was at this point predictable, as his elbow is completely hopeless at this point. The Braves got one baserunner from the last four spots in the order, and that was a walk from Smoltz in the third.