For awhile, this game was starting to look like Saturday’s game against the Dodgers. Russ Ortiz gave up four runs in the first (on a solo shot and a three-run job rather than a grand slam like Hampton did) and then the Braves kept stranding baserunners while only getting one across. It was 5-1 entering the sixth…
When the Braves broke loose for four runs, three of them with two out. The big blow was a two-run triple by Rafael Furcal, who then scored the tying run on a Giles double. Furcal had a huge game, going 4-4 with a double, triple, and a walk, driving in the two and scoring two.
Also having a huge game was Julio, who was 3-4 with a run scored and RBI. Bobby ran for him — with Mike Hampton! — in the seventh, and Hampton was driven in to score the winning run by Marrero, who was also 3-4.
Ortiz only went five, and needed 113 pitches to do it. There’s wild, and there’s six walks wild. Juan Cruz got in a little trouble in the sixth but got out of it with a double play. Martin and Gryboski pitched the seventh in tandem again, Gryboski getting the win. Reitsma loaded the bases with two out in the eighth but somehow didn’t allow a grand slam to Vinny Castilla. Smoltz allowed a leadoff single but held on for the win.
The Marlins won to stay 7 1/2 out, the Phillies lost to fall to ten back… John Thomson will pitch against rookie Jeff Francis tomorrow.