Anderson, McLouth power Braves past Astros
“We did a lot of hitting,” manager Bobby Cox said. “Everyone seemed to chip in with it.”
Oswalt (8-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits – matching a season worst – in two innings, dropping to 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in seven career starts against Atlanta.
“He left some pitches up, which he normally doesn’t do,” McCann said. “We were able to put some good swings on it. It was definitely something we needed to do.”
Oswalt left his previous start with soreness in his back and departed the clubhouse without speaking to reporters after this one, but manager Cecil Cooper said the right-hander’s back wasn’t bothering him.
“It looked like the ball was coming out of his hand OK, but he was just having trouble getting his pitches where he needed them,” Cooper said. “The back wasn’t an issue. I went over to him and asked him about it, but he told me it was fine.”
Houston put two runners on with one out in the ninth against
“I wish I could do better than I did, but that is part of the game,” said Tejada, who became the first
McLouth hit the second pitch of the game into the
McCann ended an 0-for-20 slump with a single and Jones scored on Anderson’s sacrifice fly to left.
Atlanta added three more in the second. McCann doubled in McLouth to give the
Tejada thought Oswalt’s back must have been hurting, despite what he told Cooper.
“I was surprised to see the way he was,” Tejada said. “He is one of those pitchers that just does not ever give in. We have to think he did what he did because of his back.”
“It’s been kind of a struggle for me,” Lowe said. “If it was a normal year, where you’re a lot more consistent, then you can kind of settle down. But this is kind of how I’ve been pitching for so long. It’s been a long season.”
Berkman hit his 19th homer off the facade in left center in the third, cutting Atlanta’s lead to 6-4. Umpires used instant replay to confirm the ball cleared the yellow line by about a foot.
The first baseman hadn’t homered in 32 games, one shy of the longest drought of his career.
Atlanta reached 10 hits for the first time since an 8-7 loss to Florida on Sept. 2. … McLouth has three leadoff homers this season and six in his career. … Houston 3B