Derek Lowe… What is it with this guy? He goes out every game and gives up a bunch of runs, and the Braves score even more runs and he barely even trails. He’s now 3-0 despite a 4.67 ERA and more walks than strikeouts. Lowe got out of a jam in the first, thanks largely to David Ross (just an ordinary day off for Brian) throwing out a basestealer. After Yunel grounded into a one-out bases-loaded DP in the first, the Braves chased the Rockies’ starter with one of those innings, the ones that drive you wild when they happen to you — single, infield single, RBI single, sac bunt, sac fly RBI, walk, walk, two-run single, RBI infield single, single, two-RBI single, it’s 7-0. Heyward and Melky (of all people) had two hits each in the inning. Just to add on, the Braves scored another run in the third to make it 8-0.
Lowe just can’t stand prosperity, though, and after actually looking good in the second and third gave up an RBI double in the fourth and a three-run homer in the fifth to make it 8-4. It’s like he’s shaving points or something. (Note: I do not actually think that Lowe is giving up runs intentionally and I don’t think baseball gambling works that way anyway.) Chipper gave him another run to work with with a homer, but Lowe couldn’t get out of the sixth. O’Flaherty finished that one off, but gave up a run in the seventh. Medlen pitched the last two innings, striking out three of the first four men he faced before looking just a little shaky, giving up a long fly that McLouth tracked down and a flare single, then getting the final out.
The Braves had thirteen hits in all and spread them out nicely, with all the starters but Lowe getting at least one, but nobody more than two. In addition to his homer, Chipper had one of the Parade of Singles and also walked twice, once intentionally.