Well, that was inevitable. Derek Lowe versus Cliff Lee? Obviously a mismatch in favor of the Braves.
For once, it was the other guys who scored early and then shut down. The Phillies got their lone run in the first on a homer by Utley, but after that it was they who had a whole bunch of hits (ten more, in just six innings after the first) but somehow couldn’t score.
The Braves were unable to to anything either until the fourth, when they exploded for five runs, scoring on two homers. McCann and Escobar singled to lead off the inning, then Anderson hit a three-run job. LaRoche grounded out (then left the game with a hamstring situation) but Gorecki singled, and after a bunt Diaz homered to make it 5-1. Yunel hit a solo homer in the sixth, and in the seventh Diaz singled in Gorecki and then came home on a homer by Chipper. Eight runs on homers — I’ll take it.
Lowe did his tightrope thing, allowing eight hits in 5 2/3 but getting out of it somehow. He did strike out five — it’s a lot easier to get out of those problems with a strikeout, though you’d prefer not to get into them to begin with. Moylan finished the sixth, getting out of second and third, two out. Gonzalez pitched the seventh, and then it started to rain after a scoreless top of the eighth. I think that inning doesn’t count.