The Braves won it in the 9th and made a winner out of Dan Kolb after their sizzling offense was shut down by Doug Davis most of the game.
Through 8 and a half innings, it was a 1-1 tie. Andruw had an RBI double to score Kelly Johnson for the Brave run, and Lyle Overbay had homered for the Milwaukee run. Otherwise, pitching ruled the day.
With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, Julio Franco singled up the middle. Pete Orr pinch-ran, and went to 3rd on an Adam LaRoche pinch-hit single to center. Johnny Estrada was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ryan Langerhans then hit a pinch-single to win it.
Braves pitching was excellent once again tonight. Jorge Sosa went 5.1 innings before tiring in the 6th, giving up 3 consecutive hits including the solo homer by Overbay. Kevin Gryboski actually got a double play to get out of that jam. Blaine Boyer, Jim Brower and Kolb (2-5) each had scoreless innings to finish it. Boyer has 11 consecutive scoreless outings, and his ERA is 0.79. Brower's ERA since joining the Braves was 2.08 going into the game tonight. Kolb has been solid lately.
Offensive contributors: Andruw Jones was 1-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Kelly Johnson was 2-3 and scored. Rafael Furcal was 2-4. Julio Franco was 1-3 with a walk.
The gNats won by one run in Philadelphia. The Marlins are losing 8-6 in the 9th, and the game looks like it must be in a hurricane delay (I wonder what their grounds crew is like with that). Assuming that scores holds, the Braves will remain 2.5 games out of first and will extend their Wild Card lead to 4.5 games.
Tomorrow night, Kyle Davies will face Ben Sheets at 7 on Turner South.