It would have been unprecedented for the Braves to not win any games, and indeed they finally won one, though it was more of a struggle than it should have been.
Chipper Jones was back, hitting sixth for some reason. He led off the second with a single, and was erased on a forceout; the Braves left two men on in each of the first two innings. The Astros took the lead in the bottom of the inning, 1-0 before leaving two on in scoring position.
With two out in the third, the Braves finally rallied. Brian McCann singled, then scored from first on a Dan Uggla double. Chipper then homered to make it 3-1. Tyler Pastornicky led off the fourth with a homer, making it 4-1.
Jordan Schafer stole two bases (Tommy Hanson still doesn’t have that under control, I see) then scored on a single in the fifth to make it 4-2. Kris Medlen relieved Hanson in the sixth, and got the Astros 1-2-3. Michael Bourn then manufactured a run in the seventh, walking, stealing second, and advancing to third and scoring on groundouts.
Medlen, unfortunately, didn’t quite have it in the bottom of the inning, allowing three singles, producing a run, and getting just one out before giving way to Eric O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty allowed one of Medlen’s runs to score, cutting the lead to 5-4, before getting out of the inning.
Jason Heyward singled and later scored on a pinch-hit single by Eric Hinske in the eighth. Jonny Venters struck out three around one single in the eighth. Craig Kimbrel wasn’t as sharp, allowing a hit and a walk, but got a double play to get out of serious jeopardy.