Braves 2 Pirates 1 (50-45, T-1st with Phillies) Hits: JD Drew extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in the first inning, Andruw Jones upped his streak to six games with a single in the sixth, and Eddie Perez got a base hit -- a double! But all the magic happened in the tenth inning when the Braves played small ball to perfection. First, Eli Marrero took advantage of a ground ball error by Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. Marcus Giles then walked, Rafael Furcal bunted a single to load the bases, and Johnny Estrada came through with a sacrifice fly to end the game. A stellar pitching performance by Russ Ortiz allows the Braves back into a tie for first with a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Pirates. Misses: The Braves should have won the game in the ninth after Chipper Jones walked and Adam LaRoche singled to put runners on first and second with one out. But Andruw Jones and Charles Thomas followed up with strikeouts to send the game into extra innings. Thomas unfortunately suffered his first-ever 0-for-4 performance at the major league level, but I suppose it was better than his 0-for-5 day in the Braves 11-4 win on July 5. Line of the Day: Russ Ortiz: 1 run, 6 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts in 8 innings. Vintage.