Despite the fact that Kyle Davies only lasted two innings, the Braves were neck and neck with the Dodgers through the sixth inning.† Davies gave up six hits and five earned runs over his two innings.† Villarreal came in for a long relief stint and did a great job, as usual.† In his three innings, he gave up three hits and one earned run while recording a pair of strikeouts.† Ledezma followed for†1 and†2/3rds innings.† After his first inning, the Braves and Dodgers remained tied 6-6.† In the bottom of the seventh, Ledezma gave up a†double to Jeff Kent.† He was lifted in favor of Tyles Yates, who proceeded to give up back-to-back singles to Matt Kemp and Wilson Betemit, driving in the go-ahead run.† Yates and Soriano finished off the game without surrendering any further runs and Ledezma was charged with the loss.
The offense simply wasn't what it has been in the past couple of series.† Some of the usual big hitters,†Escobar,†Renteria and Salty, combined to go†0 for 11 last night.† Diaz had a 2 for 2 night with an RBI.† He finished the night with his average up to .350.† I'd just like to remind everyone that I touted his abilities from the beginning of the season.† Not only did he have a great night at†the plate, but he made a great catch in left field towards the end of the game.†
The only other hits last night were off the bats of Andruw, Francouer, McCann and Davies.† Andruw and Francouer each had a double and McCann had a two-run homerun.†
Luckily, the Mets and Phillies also lost last night.† The Braves remain four games behind the Mets while the Phillies hold at five games back.
Tonight, Chuck James (7-7, 4.08 ERA) takes on Mark Hendrickson (2-3, 4.08 ERA) in a 9:10 p.m. EST start.