Braves 6 Astros 5 Russ Ortiz gave up five runs in the 2nd inning and was gone after three, leaving the Braves down 5-2. But Adam LaRoche hit a 3-run homer in the 6th off Chad Qualls to tie it up. Then after a badly timed pitching move forced a pinch hitter for Brad Lidge in the bottom of the 8th, the Braves were able to rally with two outs in the 9th to score the winning run off Russ Springer. After Eddie Perez and Charles Thomas struck out, Rafael Furcal was hit with a pitch. After Furcal stole second, JD Drew hit a single to score him. Drew then stole second and the Braves were threatening to score again, but Marcus Giles struck out to end the inning. The Astros threatened in the bottom of the 9th, getting runners on the corners with one out. But Jeff Kent grounded into a double play to end the game. The Braves bullpen held the Astros to no runs on six hits over the final six innings, walking three and striking out three. John Smoltz pitched the 8th and 9th and allowed four hits, but held the Astros to earn his first win of the 2004 postseason, breaking his tie with Andy Pettitte to set a new all-time postseason record with 14 wins.Game 4:
Smoltz is also now tied with Mark Wohlers for fourth all-time with 39 postseason pitching appearances.
The Braves and Astros will meet for their final matchup tomorrow (Monday) in Atlanta -- 4pm if the Dodgers force a fifth game with the Cardinals, or 8pm if the Dodgers are eliminated.