Well, the Derek Lowe of late 2010 put in an appearance; if he continues to show up, things look a lot better for postseason. Lowe started the game with a rough patch. He allowed a hit to the first man, then picked him off. He then walked the next guy, and Ryan Zimmerman hit a long fly ball to left-center which Michael Bourn somehow caught. And from then on, Lowe allowed just one hit and one walk until the seventh.
Meanwhile, John Lannan retired the first four Braves, and I’m thinking “just another Lannan start against the Braves” when Chipper Jones hit a solo homer to center, his 450th career hom run, to make it 1-0. It went to 2-0 in the third when Lowe hit his first career homer on a line drive that just made it over the left field wall, and 3-0 when Dan Uggla beat out an infield single (again) to score Martin Prado.
The Nats finally did something in the seventh, when Michael Morse chased Lowe with a solo homer to lead off the inning. O’Ventbrel time. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, and Craig Kimbrel each made the Nats go three up, three down.