Edgar Renteria might learn to like this hitting third thing. He hit a two-run homer to give the Braves a first-inning lead, and a solo homer in the seventh to cap their scoring. With another strong outing from Tim Hudson, the Braves got back to winning.
Hudson went seven, allowing one run, striking out four, allowing only three hits, and walking just one. (Who drove in the one run? Langerhans, naturally.) He didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth, and needed just 84 pitches.
The Braves, after Renteria’s homer, broke the game open in the third with three more runs on four straight singles from the four top hitters in the order, followed by a sac fly from McCann and a two-out single from Thormann.
Gonzalez pitched the eighth, even with a five-run lead, and allowed a run on one hit — a triple. Soriano pitched the ninth.