You know who else sucks besides Francoeur? Jeff Bennett, that’s who. After the Braves twice rallied to tie it up, Bennett allowed a solo homer to Nick Green — Nick Green! — to lose the game on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Stupid Bennett.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first on a double by McCann, but that didn’t last long. Jurrjens dropped a little grounder (okay, the field was wet, but it was a terrible misplay) and proceeded to allow a sac fly and a two-run homer for three “unearned” runs. The Sox got another run in the fourth. The Braves came back, finally, in the seventh, when Blanco singled in ACHE (Blanco’s first hit of the year) and McLouth singled in Prado.
The tie didn’t last long either. I probably wouldn’t have let Jurrjens start the bottom of the inning — I figure he wasn’t that sharp and it would be a good idea to make sure he got a no-decision — and he gave up a leadoff double. Bobby brought in O’Flaherty, who allowed a single off that big wall to give the sox the lead, then the home plate umpire went crazy and ejected Bobby and Chipper and O’Flaherty. Moylan kept the game close, though. ACHE singled in KJ (who entered the game for Chipper and led off the eighth with a double) to tie it. But the Braves couldn’t get a hit with two on and two out in the eighth, or with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth, and then Bennett came in.