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Braves short hops
10/09/2004 7:49 PM ET
HOUSTON -- You can say Braves' pitching is bending, but not totally breaking. Over the past two games, the Astros have had a baserunner reach in every inning. That's a span of 17 straight innings that Houston has had someone reach.

On Sunday, the Braves were able to prevent the Astros from scoring after their five-run second inning. In those 17 straight innings of having someone on, the Astros have scored 13 runs on 24 hits with 13 walks.

The Astros mounted 13 hits with four walks on Sunday, and they collected hits in seven of their nine innings.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the NLDS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 5.84 Relievers combined for six scoreless innings
BA .269 Chipper Jones and J.D. Drew showing signs of life
BA w/ RISP 8-for-37 (.216) Adam LaRoche, Drew deliver in clutch
Runs 18 Had a series-high six runs
Fldg % 1.000 Turned three DPs, no errors in series

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Andruw Jones .562 BA, 9-for-16, 2 HRs, 2 2B, 4 RBIs Toughest out in the lineup
Adam LaRoche .308, 4-for-13, 2B, HR, 4 RBIs Keyed comeback with three-run HR

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Marcus Giles .100, 2-for-20, 5 Ks, 1 R Second straight 0-for-5 game

Behind the numbers
Due to injuries and inconsistencies, the starting pitching struggled in the four games. Combined, the four starters worked a total of 14 innings, giving up 13 runs for an 8.36 ERA.

Frozen moment
Minute Maid Park literally was a home-field advantage for the Astros in Game 4. In a critical at-bat, Craig Biggio lofted a pop that looked like it would be played in foul territory by Chipper Jones. But with the roof closed, the ball struck a beam in foul territory. Even though Russ Ortiz made a running grab before the ball landed, the umpires ruled no play. That's part of the ground rules at the park -- balls that strike the beams in foul territory are foul. Given new life, Biggio belted a three-run homer, giving Houston a 4-2 lead.

Shrewd move
Shaking things up to get more production, Drew was moved up to second in the order instead of third. Drew delivered the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, scoring Rafael Furcal from second.

Modern history I: Smoltz sets record for playoff wins

Smoltz comes through in big spots
Year Round Game Opponent Score
1991 NLCS 3 Pittsburgh 10-3
  NLCS 7 Pittsburgh 4-0
1992 NLCS 1 Pittsburgh 5-1
  NLCS 4 Pittsburgh 6-4
  World Series 5 Toronto 6-4
1996 NLDS 1 Los Angeles 2-1
  NLCS 1 St. Louis 4-1
  NLCS 5 St. Louis 14-0
  World Series 1 New York Yankees 12-1
1997 NLDS 3 Houston 4-1
1998 NLDS 1 Chicago Cubs 7-1
1999 NLDS 4 Houston 7-5
2003 NLDS 2 Chicago Cubs 5-3*
2004 NLDS 4 Houston 6-5*
*- Won in relief

Modern history II: Staying alive

Braves improve to 4-1 in NLDS Game 4s
Year Result Date
2004
Braves 6, Astros 5
Oct. 1
2003
Braves 6, Cubs 4
Oct. 4
2002
Giants 8, Braves 3
Oct. 6
1999
Braves 7, Astros 5
Oct. 9
1995
Braves 10, Rockies 4
Oct. 7

Last word
"It's probably about 90 percent. I slapped a whole bunch of high-fives today and it's swollen up pretty good. It still swells up, but for the most part, it's not bothering me." -- Chipper Jones, on his injured hand

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