The Braves rallied for 3 runs in the 7th inning against Mark Prior and Jorge Sosa pitched 6 solid innings in a spot start to lead the Braves to victory.
Sosa (9-2) went 6 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. He's probably earned himself a spot in the rotation for the rest of the year, and probably for the playoffs. Boyer pitched a perfect 7th, striking out 2; Foster pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning; and Farnsworth pitched an inning and a third for his first save as a Brave.
The Braves had been completely shut down by Prior going into the 7th, down 1-0. But as Dusty Baker allowed Prior to throw 131 pitches the Braves took advantage. Francoeur led off with a surprise bunt single. Langerhans tried to bunt him over, but Prior threw it into CF and runners ended up on 1st and 3rd. Prior then struck out McCann and LaRoche, but Furcal hit a liner off of Derrek Lee's glove that allowed 2 runs to score and to give the Braves the lead. Furcal stole second and Giles knocked him in for some insurance.
Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur was 2-3 with his first unintentional walk and scored. Marcus Giles was 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Rafael Furcal was 1-4 and walked, scored, and knocked in 2 runs.
Everyone else plays later and the lead is temporarily back to 4 games.
The Braves have an off day then travel to Milwaukee. Horacio Ramirez is scheduled to pitch against Ben Sheets.