That came in the first, on a solo homer to the laughable left-field gap by Chipper. The Braves managed only four other hits off of Halladay, though two of them were doubles — McCann in the fourth, Chipper in the sixth. McCann also had a single, right after Chipper’s homer. The Braves’ only two other baserunners were erased — Hinske, after walking to lead off the seventh, was lead runner in a Melky GIDP, and Blanco bunted his way on to start the third but was caught stealing on a blown hit-and-run with Conrad (who is not a good contact hitter in any way).
Lowe made the one run hold up for five innings, but with one out in the sixth allowed a single to Jayson Werth and a homer by Greg Dobbs to take the loss, even though it was one of his best outings of the year. He allowed six hits, five of them singles, and walked only one while striking out six. He deserved better, but then much of the year he’s deserved worse than he got. Venters allowed three hits in the eighth, and escaped allowing more than just one run thanks to a blown squeeze play, which this time McCann and Chipper managed to take care of properly.
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