The Braves got all they would need in the first inning, scoring four runs, but added some more just in case. Both the big inning and the piling on are nice to see. The big blow in the first, and the game, was a bases-clearing double by Ross, after the Braves had gotten their first run on a Glaus single. Zombie Chipper singled in Derek Lowe in the second for another run.
Lowe had a strong game, though it was only the Pirates, going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits. The Pirates helped him by doing things like get thrown out trying to steal down four runs in the second inning. Lowe even had a good game at the plate, with a hit and a walk and two runs scored. He left having thrown just 87 pitches, but may have been worn out because of the late start of the game due to a rain delay.
The Braves had a bit of Hibernation Mode after the second, but broke out of it with two runs in the sixth, scoring on a bases-loaded single by Chipper. The Braves had thirteen hits, mostly by four guys — three each by Prado and Ross (including two doubles for the latter) and two each by Heyward and Chipper.
O’Flaherty pitched the eighth and again was not sharp, allowing two runs on three hits. Venters pitched the ninth, getting through it with only one walk and no hits despite a rain delay of over an hour after the second batter. He struck out the last two men to end it after the delay.