Hey, offense! And hey, Mike Gonzalez for the save!
The Braves jumped all over Roy Oswalt for six runs on ten hits in two innings. Actually, they could have had more — they left the bases loaded in the first and two on in the second — but six runs is plenty. Usually. Lowe allowed one run in the first, then in the third gave up a three-run homer to Berkman to make it 6-4. Uh-oh.
But the Braves didn’t go into Hibernation Mode yet, and added two runs in the fifth to make it 8-4. Whew. But then the Astros got another run to make it 8-5. And then the Braves got a run to make it 9-5, which is how it stayed until the eighth. With two out and two on against Moylan, Chipper threw away a grounder and both runners scored to make it 9-7. Because nothing comes easy for this team, Gonzalez allowed a one-out single and walk in the ninth, but got a double play to end it.
The Braves finished with sixteen hits, including four by McCann, who had two RBI and two runs scored for his trouble. McLouth hit a homer to lead off the game. With Prado taking an off-day KJ played second, garnering two hits, while Yunel hit in the two spot, where he had three.