The Braves didn’t take a lead until the tenth, but that’s when it counts. Derek Lowe gave up back-to-back solo homers in the
second first to make it 2-0. The Braves rallied back in the fourth, with Prado scoring on an ACHE groundout and Chipper on an Escobar “triple”. (Nats defense again.) But Lowe immediately gave up the lead again on a leadoff homer. The record will show that Lowe had a “quality start”, going six innings and allowing three runs. Math will show that if you do that every time out, you will have a 4.50 ERA. It’s not that it’s not useful, but it’s not worth the money.
The Braves tied it up in the seventh when Yunel walked and LaRoche doubled him home. But Diaz bunted for some reason and Bobby sent up Norton, who is no more a hitter than he is Miss Hawaii, to pinch-hit, and he of course hit a grounder that couldn’t score the run. Moylan gave up a leadoff triple but pitched around it in the seventh, and then blew through the eighth. The Nats couldn’t get anything going off of Gonzalez in the ninth.
With one out in the tenth, McLouth walked, then Prado was hit by a pitch. Chipper hit an infield single that probably should have been an error, then McCann hit a grounder in the same spot that scored the go-ahead run. Infante’s pinch single made it 6-3, then Soriano had no problems at all in the bottom of the tenth, finishing with a strikeout.