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Game balls: Rating Game 510/12/2004 12:07 AM ET
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, cowboy boots -- as the boys from Houston so often wear -- and peaches -- in honor of Georgia's favorite fruit -- for performances in this year's National League Division Series. Here's a look at the Astros' 12-3 win in Game 5. Five cowboy boots: Freshly shined and a perfect fit, ready for some serious two-stepping
Four cowboy boots: The first choice for a night on the town
Three cowboy boots: A few scuff marks, but no one will notice
Two cowboy boots: Showing serious signs of wear
One cowboy boot: Somebody stepped in something
Roy Oswalt: The right-hander didn't buckle with a three-run lead, despite allowing 10 baserunners in five innings. The Braves mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, and Oswalt escaped both times. When Rafael Furcal and Johnny Estrada each homered in the fifth -- cutting the deficit to a run -- and Andruw Jones walked, Oswalt dodged a bullet by getting Adam LaRoche to fly out deep to center. That preserved a lead for Houston.
Phil Garner: He took over an underachieving team right after the All-Star break, and brought it to the National League Championship Series. Call it karma.
Four peaches: A tasty cobbler
Three peaches: Juicy and refreshing
Two peaches: Mom packed this instead of a candy bar?
One peach: The last piece of fruit from the bottom of the bin
Rafael Furcal: The speedy shortstop didn't watch for the ball while on the move, squelching a potential rally. Running on a 1-0 pitch, he was hit on the left leg by a Chipper Jones grounder. So instead of first and third with one out, Atlanta had a runner at first with two outs. Furcal made up for his indiscretion later, homering for the first Braves run.
Jaret Wright: He may have had a brilliant comeback season, but Wright will undoubtedly remember his poor postseason, in which he compiled a 9.31 ERA in two starts. Entering the game, Wright had been 0-4 with a 7.81 ERA in his last 10 postseason games, and that didn't get any better.
Chris Reitsma: Reitsma's rough outing turned a two-run mole hill into a 9-2 mountain. At first, a leadoff single seemed irrelevant after Reitsma got the next two outs, but the wheels fell off. Bagwell capped things off with a two-run homer during the five-run parade in the seventh.
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