And Kelly Johnson was never seen again.
Martin Prado basically singlehandedly won this game, going 4-5 with four RBI. In the third, he singled in Blanco to tie the game at 1. In the fifth, he hit a solo homer to tie it at 2. In the eighth, after Gonzalez blew a 3-2 lead, Prado doubled in Blanco from second. And in the tenth, he singled over the head of the playing-in left fielder to score Diaz with the winning run. All in a day’s work.
Derek Lowe apparently doesn’t know how to win. Of course, he left the game leading 3-2, but he utterly failed to keep Gonzalez from giving up two two-out solo homers in the eighth. He went seven, struck out four, walked three, and allowed seven hits, and he didn’t get a whole lot of defensive help. What a loser.
Soriano was his usual self in the ninth. Moylan got a double play in the tenth (Chipper had to make a good play to start it) to get the win… In addition to Blanco still playing for McLouth, Hernandez is still playing for Escobar, who however was able to pinch-hit. It’s a much bigger problem than Blanco, because Hernandez has looked nothing like a major league ballplayer so far… Francoeur sucks, but did have two hits and the Braves’ only non-Prado RBI on a groundout.