Well, it wasn’t Derek Lowe‘s fault. The Braves were completely stymied — held to one hit — through six and two-thirds innings against Randy Wells and his 5.84 ERA. Chipper Jones broke it up with a solo homer in the seventh, and Alex Gonzalez had one in the eighth, but that was all they got.
Lowe had one bad inning, the second, when he allowed a two-run homer by Alfonso Soriano and an “unearned” run. He then loaded the bases after a Chipper error, but got out of it and actually pitched pretty well the rest of the way. It didn’t do a whole lot of good.
And Fredi, God bless him, used Scott Linebrink to pitch in a one-run game in the eighth inning. Linebrink, true to form, loaded the bases with one out, but Chipper bailed him out with a nice play on a line drive to get a double play.