It’s only the Astros, but that felt good. Derek Lowe didn’t really look that good, but didn’t have to, and since this time he didn’t allow any homers or many walks, he got through five innings with only one run allowed. The outfield tag team of Jason Heyward and, yes, Melky Cabrera, provided most of the offense.
Heyward just missed a three-run homer in the second, settling for a sac fly RBI to make it 1-0. In the fourth, he hit a sharp grounder past short that he hustled into a double to score a run. Melky made it 3-0 with a single up the middle, then Heyward came in on an Infante single.
The Astros got their lone run on back-to-back doubles in the fifth, but luckily the next double found its way into Melky’s glove in left field instead. In the bottom of the inning, the Braves had the bases loaded, none out for Heyward, who hit a little bleeder on a 3-2 pitch, the ball dropping to the right of the mound; when nobody covered third, the pitcher tried to throw home and threw it away, which worked for the Astros when the ball bounced back and McCann was thrown out trying to score on the error-that-wasn’t. Melky followed with a two-run double to make it 7-1.
The Braves’ offense was all at the back of the order. The 1-3 spots were 0-11 with a walk. The 4-8 spots were 9-15 with three walks, six runs scored and seven RBI… Medlen pitched the sixth and seventh, allowing two hits. Saito pitched a perfect eighth, while Wagner allowed one hit in the ninth.