The Braves got a 2 out bloop RBI double from Jeff Francoeur to give the Braves a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th and held on to win.
Washington got an early 1-0 lead when starter Tim Hudson struggled in the first. Hudson, however, settled down after that and went 7 strong innings, allowing only that one run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
The Braves tied it in the bottom of the 4th on a solo homer by Marcus. Andruw then hit a popup to the right side of the infield, but neither Nick Johnson or Jose Vidro could pick it up in the dusk sky, and it fell for a double. Francoeur hit a 2 out single up the middle to score Andruw and give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
The Braves added some insurance in the bottom of the 7th. Francoeur led off with a single, McCann sacrificed him to 2nd but Esteban Loaiza tried to get the lead runner and threw the ball into center field advancing Francoeur to 3rd. Loaiza then threw a wild pitch to score Francoeur, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead.
John Foster relieved Hudson in the top of the 8th, and walked the first 2 men. Dan Kolb replaced him, and gave up a single to left, scoring a run. He then gave up another single to score another run to tie the game. Kolb (3-6) then stopped the bleeding and got the next 3 men out, including a strikeout.
With 2 out in the bottom of the 8th, Chipper singled to center. He then surprisingly stole 2nd, despite the throw beating him there (Cristian Guzman dropped it). Francoeur then blooped a double that fell between center fielder Brad Wilkerson, 2nd baseman Jose Vidro, and shortstop Guzman, to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. Chris Reitsma shut the door, 1-2-3, to get his 11th save.
Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur was 3-4 with a double, 2 RBIs, and scored. Marcus Giles was 1-3 with his 8th homer and also walked. Rafael Furcal was 2-4.
Atlanta now leads Washington by 2 games. The Phillies lost, the Mets are winning big, and the Marlins are winning late. The Braves will likely lead the Phillies and Mets by 5 games and the Marlins by 5.5 games.
Jorge Sosa will pitch against Ryan Drese as the Braves go for the sweep. I like our chances.