Without J.D. Drew (out with a wrist injury and limited to pinch-running) the Braves’ offense isn’t very good. They were held to four hits and five walks, and the pitching wasn’t quite up to the task of winning on only two runs. Reitsma had his streak of scoreless outings come to an end to get the loss.
The Braves jumped ahead in the second on an RBI single by Andruw, but wouldn’t score again until the eighth. Ortiz kept the Astros off the board until the sixth, but they eventually broke through with single runs in that inning and the next two to win.
It’s all Andruw’s fault, of course. He had two of the Braves’ four hits, but why didn’t he drive in more nonexistent baserunners? More seriously, Adam LaRoche struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth.
The Phillies won to cut the Braves’ lead to 4 1/2. The Marlins lost to stay six out… John Thomson against Pete Munro tonight. I’ve barely heard of Munro, but he has a 3.72 ERA.