Great job, Melky.
Mike Minor had his first rough start. He gave up a run in the first, two in the second, and three in the third, capped by a two-run homer. He pitched the fourth, and managed not to give up four runs, but still, the Braves were in a colossal hole, 6-0.
They got a run back in the fifth when Nate McLouth actually had a hit, singling in Alex Gonzalez. They then tied it up in the sixth with five runs. Brian McCann walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-2. Troy Glaus, getting the start at first, singled in Jason Heyward. Melky drew another bases-loaded walk to make it 6-4, then two runs scored on a McLouth sac fly, both McCann and Diory Hernandez (running for Glaus.)
Meanwhile, the Braves were getting great relief pitching. Moylan gave up a double and a walk in the fifth but got through it, and Farnsworth, Venters, and Saito all pitched perfect innings. The Braves had a chance to take the lead in the ninth, but Heyward chopped out to first on a 3-0 pitch with two on and two out, and after Derrek Lee (the Braves’ third first baseman of the game) doubled with two out in the tenth, AAG hit a liner that somehow lodged in the pitcher’s glove.
Eric O’Flaherty, in his second inning of work, gave up a leadoff single to Emilio Bonafacio. It was well-placed, so with Bonafacio’s speed it turned into a double. And then Melky completely misplayed it, so it turned into a triple, and then the next batter hit a long fly ball for a game-winning single. Nice job, Melky.