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Braves 8, Reds 7 (10 innings)

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That game probably induced indigestion from everyone. Tim Hudson pitched a beautiful game through 8 innings, allowing 2 runs and had thrown just a shade over 100 pitches. Bobby tried to stretch him for a complete game in the 9th with a 7-2 lead, but Hudson gave up 2 singles to begin the 9th. Then Bobby went to the bullpen. McBride threw one pitch and allowed a single to load the bases. Bobby turned to Sosa. Jorge came in, and the umpire decided to turn the strikezone into the size of a microbe. Sosa fell behind Edwin Encarnacion 3-0, but came back to strike him out for out #1. Scott Hatteberg then hit a groundball in the hole to score 2 runs to make it 7-4. Javier Freaking Valentin then hit a 3 run homer to tie it. Jorge barely managed to get out of the inning by getting 2 more outs, the last one on a flyball to the wall. Ken Ray (1-0, 2.72) pitched a scoreless 10th around a hit, stolen base, and a walk. Chipper hit a one out double in the bottom of the 10th. Andruw struck out. McCann was intentionally walked. Francoeur hit a 1-1 flare into left, and Chipper scored just ahead of the throw to save us from a painful defeat. The Braves had a 4 run first, including a 3 run homer by Andruw, and scored single runs in the 4th, 6th, and 8th. Poor Hudson got a no-decision, pitching 8 innings and allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 4. Offensive contributors: Every starter had a hit except for McCann. Andruw's homer was his 19th and Chipper had 3 hits to extend a hitting streak to 9 games. Giles and Renteria each had 2 hits to extend their hitting streaks (Giles' to 9, Renteria's to 11) and Francoeur also had 2 hits. Horacio will pitch against Eric Milton tomorrow.

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