Very similar to last night. The Braves seem to have learned that if the other team starts to come back, you should score more runs. Jason Heyward had a big day, with three hits, including a homer, two RBI and two runs scored, even though — I know it’s hard to believe — the Astros started a lefty.
The Astros struck first, with a solo homer against Randall Delgado in the first inning. But the Braves tied it up in the second, when Uggla singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Heyward’s single. Unfortunately, Dave Ross couldn’t advance Heyward after he stole second, and Jason was stranded, but Ross made up for it later.
Fourth inning. Chipper Jones leads off with a single Uggla hits a double play ball that the shortstop botches, all hand safe. Heyward singles, loading the bases. Ross steps up, works the pitcher, then doubles to right-center, scoring two. Jack Wilson then pulled off a squeeze play (I know!) to score Heyward, making it 4-1. The Braves got two more runners (Delgado reached on an error and Prado walked) but couldn’t score.
The Astros crawled back. They couldn’t score after loading the bases with two out in the fourth, but in the fifth Jordan Schafer scored on a groundout to make it 4-2; Ross ended the inning by picking a man off of second.
In the seventh, Eric O’Flaherty gave up a two-out bases-loaded walk to bring it to 4-3, but preserved the lead. Heyward’s homer in the eighth made it 5-3. Jonny Venters was his usual self (a man reached on an error and was erased on a double play, the other out on a strikeout.) Martin Prado scored on a throwing error after a Chipper single, and Craig Kimbrel had a walk, a single, and three strikeouts.