Horacio Ramirez pitched six strong innings. Unfortunately, he came out to pitch the seventh, when he allowed three straight hits, capped by a three-run homer to the inexcusible Pedro Feliz. The Braves tied it in the top of the ninth, and lost it in the bottom of that inning, but the seventh was the big one.
Kolb started the ninth, and immediately gave up a single. But then he got a ground ball, which might have gotten him out of it, except that Furcal threw the ball away after getting the first out, letting the batter reach second. Foster came in to get Michael Tucker, and did, but Bobby brought in Powell, who walked the first guy then allowed a game-ending single. (Bobby argued the play at the plate; I won’t judge.)
LaRoche was 2-3, including a homer to tie it in the ninth. Andruw doubled and scored, and also drove in the game’s first run with a groundout. The Braves got a double from Marcus and singles from Furcal, KJ, Estrada, and Ramirez.
Chipper left the game in the seventh with soreness in his foot. They’re not acting like it’s serious, but we shall see… The Natspos won. So did the rest of the division, which is all at .500 or better again. Today’s game is on SportsSouth, scheduled to start at 3:35 ET, Smoltz versus Noah Lowry.