Derek Lowe continued his exceptional work of late, and the Braves actually managed enough runs early enough to make the game somewhat comfortable. Not too comfortable.
Lowe escaped a jam in the first inning after allowing a single to the leadoff man and walking the next hitter. The third-place hitter (not the absent Hanley Ramirez, but Logan Morrison) hit a comebacker to Lowe, who threw to second to get one. Alex Gonzalez dropped the relay and it fell behind him, and Scott Cousins tried to advance from third, but AAG recovered in time to throw him out at the plate.
Meanwhile, the Braves stranded two runners in the first and two runners in the second. Some things never change. But in the third, Matt Diaz and Derrek Lee both walked with one out. After AAG flew out, David Ross gave the Braves the lead with a double, and Brooks Conrad, Folk Hero, hit a three-run homer to make it 4-0.
Lowe needed a lot of pitches, as usual, and was working on three days’ rest, so he didn’t make it out of the sixth. He struck out nine batters, but consecutive two-out singles in the sixth brought home a run and the tying run to the plate, so Bobby went with (of course) Peter Moylan, who got out of it. Moylan and Mike Dunn shared the seventh, and Craig Kimbrel handled the eighth.
Freddie Freeman, who had entered the game for Lee late, doubled with one out in the eighth. Three two-out walks, to Jason Heyward, Rick Ankiel, and Eric Hinske, made it 5-1. Billy Wagner came in to close it out in the non-save situation.
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