Derek Lowe just knows how to win. Or ensure that he’s facing a guy with an ERA over five, at any rate. Lowe now has nine wins, and he won’t spare even one for impoverished Kenshin Kawakami.
The Braves took the lead in the second with some NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL. After the Braves loaded the bases with one out, Lowe laid down the difficult bases-loaded squeeze, scoring Hinske. Yunel made it 2-0 by scoring on a wild pitch. Lowe couldn’t hold the lead, giving up an RBI single to Jason Kendall, who is still alive, in the third and a solo homer to Billy Butler in the fourth.
The Braves broke back on top in the bottom of that inning. Hinske walked, and Yunel followed with a single. Melky doubled to score Hinske, and Lowe followed with a single to make it 4-2. Prado and Heyward couldn’t get Melky home, but Chipper came through with a single to make it 5-2. Chipper later hit a bases-loaded sac fly to make it 6-2.
Wilson Betemit, of all people, singled in a run in the seventh to chase Lowe. O’Flaherty limited the damage to that, but gave up a leadoff double in the eighth. Moylan came in and allowed the Grybo, but got a double play to limit the difficulty in that. Wagner struck out the first two, then walked Brayan Pena, of all people, before getting a grounder to end it.