Fredi returned to his quick-hook strategy with Derek Lowe, and it paid off, as Lowe wasn’t allowed to lose the game in the middle innings, and after a bullpen hiccup things settled down.
The Braves took the lead in the first with a leadoff homer by Michael Bourn, his first as a Brave and just his second of the season. In the third, Brian McCann homered with Jose Constanza aboard to make it 3-0. Chipper Jones finished off the offense with a solo homer in the sixth. Not a lot of sequential offense by the Braves.
Lowe didn’t stink up the joint, allowing four hits and two walks in five innings. I guess he was actually pretty good. But he was at 99 pitches after allowing the first two on in the sixth, and Fredi went with Arodys Vizcaino. Vizcaino delivered, getting out of that jam with two strikeouts and a flyout, then struck out the first man in the seventh.
He ran into trouble then, walking the next two, and Eric O’Flaherty came in. He couldn’t nail it down, though, allowing both of Vizcaino’s runners to score on a double with two out. Jonny Venters pitched the eighth, striking out one and getting two ground balls. For the first time in a while Craig Kimbrel had a bit of trouble, allowing a bunt single to Kelly Johnson and a walk, but got out of it, getting two strikeouts, then a dribbler to end it.