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Tuesday: Marlins 11, Braves 6 Mike Hampton was touched up for 6 runs (5 earned) as the Braves fell to the Marlins. Hampton (3-1) pitched 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. His problems mainly happened in the 3rd inning, when the Marlins got 6 consecutive hits. I'm not sure why he wasn't taken out in the 3rd, because of the Braves having 7 relievers, but other than a Carlos Delgado solo home run in the 5th there were no further problems for Hampton in his 6 innings of work. The bullpen, after being solid lately, was also touched up. Roman Colon gave up a 3 run homer in the 8th that probably cost the Braves any chance of winning. Adam Bernero gave up 2 runs as well. The offense, which usually is the problem this year, was actually the Braves strong point. They scored 6 runs. They didn't get that many hits (nobody had more than one) but they walked a bunch. Wednesday: Braves 5, Marlins 2 Tim Hudson (3-1) earned his 3rd win of the season as the Braves moved back into a 1st place tie. Hudson pitched 7 and a third strong innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on just 5 hits, a walk, and 5 strikeouts. Chris Reitsma had his 11th consecutive scoreless outing, and Dan Kolb pitched a scoreless 9th for his 8th save. Chipper Jones was back in the lineup, even though he wasn't at 100 percent, and made his presence felt, homering on the first pitch (his 5th of the season) he saw and setting the tone for the rest of the game. Andruw Jones, batting 7th, also homered (his 4th of the season) and was 2 for 3, including a walk. His season average is up to .247. Adam LaRoche was 3 for 4, all of his hits doubles, and he had 3 RBI. Johnny Estrada was 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Rafael Furcal was 2 for 4 with a walk. Marcus Giles was the only one in the lineup without a hit, going 0-5, and he's something like 0 for his last 15. The Braves now host the Astros for 4 games. John Thomson will pitch against Brandon Backe tomorrow night. There's a very good matchup Friday night with John Smoltz facing Roy Oswalt. Smoltz has been facing some really good pitchers this year: Josh Beckett, Pedro Martinez (twice), and now Oswalt, but that's what happens when you're in the #1 slot in the rotation. (Edit: Brandon Backe could possibly be scratched from his start as he is recovering from pneumonia, and Roy Oswalt has an injured foot and is also not at full strength. Brad Lidge is also recovering from pneumonia. What else could go wrong for the Astros? Thanks to Lisa for the info.)

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