Thanks, Frank! With two out in the seventh, the score tied, and a runner on third, Frank Robinson had Rafael Furcal intentionally walked. Then Nick Green hit his first career homer to give the Braves a 5-2 lead. The Braves added three more runs in the inning to give themselves a comfortable cushion and are at .500. Again.
The Braves led 2-0 headed into the top of the inning when Russ Ortiz allowed a two-run homer to Brian Schneider, which should never happen. Ortiz still got the win, allowing only five hits and one walk, striking out six. CJ Nitkowski pitched the eighth. And we finally know what it takes to get Juan Cruz into the game — a six-run lead in the ninth, at home, against the worst-hitting team in the league. He was perfect.
All the Braves’ regulars got hits except Chipper (who did walk twice) and Hessman (who did strike out twice and is now hitting .114). Drew hit a solo homer in the fourth, Estrada had three hits and two RBI, and Andruw drove in two with a double to cap the six-run seventh.