A successful Mike Hampton start is one in which he leaves with all his various parts still attached. So this was a rousing success!
The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first off of Derek Lowe, getting a double, a triple, and an error; it obviously could have been much worse. But in the bottom of the inning, Francoeur hit a two-out homer with Escobar on second to give the Braves the lead. The Astros tied it up in the fourth when the Braves couldn’t turn two on a groundout by Hampton.
The key inning was the fifth. Diaz singled, and with one out Schafer walked. (By my check, he should be tied for sixth in the league in walks, with the names in front of him being Dunn, Pujols, Ramirez, Hermida [?!?], and Fielder.) Lowe went up to bunt, and I’m not quite sure, but apparently Berkman (who is the guy tied with Schafer) tried to get the lead runner instead of just getting the out. He was charged with an error and the bases were loaded. Infante, who is really starting to make Kelly Johnson look like Wally Pipp, singled to score two runs. Escobar doubled to score Lowe. Chipper was intentionally walked, Hampton was relieved (as relieved as I was to see him leave town?) and Francoeur singled in Infante, though Escobar was thrown out at the plate. The Braves got another run in the seventh, with Brandon Jones walking in a pinch-hitting appearance and Escobar singling him home.
Lowe wasn’t great, but held the Astros to those two runs. Moylan relieved him in a two-out seventh-inning jam, getting out of it. After the seventh, there was a two-hour rain delay and they really should have called it, but the umpires made everyone come back to play at midnight anyway. Jeff Bennett got through the eighth and got two outs in the ninth, but with two runners on (one short of a save situation, BTW) brought in Gonzalez to end it.