Derek Lowe saves the season! Lowe did his thing for five innings, scattering five hits, throwing lots of pitches (103, 64 of them strikes) but somehow keeping the Nats off the board.
The Braves got an “unearned” run in the third, thanks largely to Lowe, who doubled leading off and was still there with two out after an Omar Infante groundout, an infield single by Jason Heyward, and a foulout by Martin Prado. Brian McCann grounded out to third, but the third baseman threw the ball away, allowing Lowe to score; Heyward tried to join him but was thrown out at the plate.
Actual multiple runs came in the sixth. Prado walked leading off and with one out went to second on a wild pitch. Derrek Lee hit a double to score him, and then Nate McLouth reached on an infield single. Alex Gonzalez followed with a three-run homer to make it 5-0.
Bobby decided to manage the game like it was closer than than, which… well, these guys have been worked pretty hard lately. Peter Moylan walked the leadoff man in the sixth, but got a double play to erase him. Jonny Venters walked two, struck out two, and got a groundout in the seventh. Craig Kimbrel walked a guy, threw a wild pitch, and got a strikeout in the eighth, which is just the Craig Kimbrel Experience, really. Billy Wagner, who hadn’t been worked hard but who did pitch last night, got the Atlanta Save after allowing a leadoff double but pitching around it.