It’s a good old-fashioned “hang on for dear life” win. Not a one-run victory; the Braves will apparently never win a one-run game again. But uncomfortably tight for a game in which the Braves led 6-1 in the second.
Chuck James gave up a run in the first, though it wasn’t entirely his fault; he got a little popup that KJ and Francoeur couldn’t get to. Then the Braves put together six straight hits with one out in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-1, and Chipper hit a solo homer in the second to make it 6-1.
Chuck pretty much imploded after that. He was lucky to get out of the third with only one run scoring, thanks to Diaz throwing out a runner at the plate, a runner who probably should have stayed put down four runs at the time. It’s not as bad as the Nats’ baserunning earlier this week, but it was still an unreasonable gamble. Then he gave up a two-run homer in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4.
The bullpen did its part this time; Resop was not in evidence. Campillo bounced back with two innings of one-hit baseball, and Acosta pitched two innings in which he gave up two out walks but nothing else. In the bottom of the eighth, McCann tripled; Snitker managed to not send him for the inside-the-park homer, and Francoeur brought him home with a sac fly to make it 7-4.
Chipper went 3-3 with a walk and scored a couple of times. Francoeur was 1-3 but the hit was a bases-loaded double to score two runs. Everybody had at least one hit.