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Brave-ly speaking: NLDS even
Misty-eyed: Astros lose lead
As a light drizzle fell throughout, the Astros saw their NLDS lead washed away in Atlanta. Jason Lane appeared to spark Houston with a first-inning RBI single, but starter Roger Clemens allowed five runs in five innings and the bats couldn't bail him out.
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Braves 7, Astros 1
Fly away baseball: Brian McCann unloads a three-run homer that put Atlanta up for good. (Ric Feld/AP)
Braves ground Rocket man
The Braves came out and rattled Roger Clemens to pull even in the NLDS, 1-1. Brian McCann belted a three-run homer and Adam LaRoche hit a two-run double to pace the bats and back a sensational John Smoltz, who allowed one run over seven innings.
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 McCann's big blast: 56K | 350K
 LaRoche drives in a pair: 56K | 350K
 Chipper's snag and throw: 56K | 350K
 Francoeur on the rookies: 350K
 Smoltz's strong start: 56K | 350K
 Hitting hero Brian McCann: 350K
 Smoltz reflects on the win: 350K
 Defensive star Chipper Jones: 350K
 Cox's postgame interview: 350K

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 McCann goes deep
 LaRoche's double drives in two
 Chipper's defensive gem
 Andruw picks up an RBI
 Francoeur's RBI single
 Farnsworth gets the final out
 McCann's postgame interview
 Smoltz on the Braves' big win
 Cox's postgame remarks
 Francoeur talks about the Game 2 win
 Andruw on the Braves rookies
 Braves hitting coach Terry Pendelton
October 6, 2005
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1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 8 1
0 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 X   7 11 0
Biggio, 2B4010021.429
Taveras, CF4030001.500
Berkman, 1B4120002.333
Ensberg, 3B4000004.375
Lane, RF4011002.143
Lidge, P0000000.000
Palmeiro, LF3000101.167
Everett, SS4000013.125
Ausmus, C4000020.222
Clemens, P2000010.000
Backe, P0000000.000
a-Burke, PH10100001.000
Qualls, P0000000.000
Scott, RF0000000.000

a-Doubled for Backe in the 7th.

2B: Burke (1, Smoltz).
TB: Biggio; Taveras 3; Berkman 2; Lane; Burke 2.
RBI: Lane (1).
2-out RBI: Lane.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Everett 2; Biggio.
GIDP: Berkman.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Qualls (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Lane 2 (Furcal at 3rd base, Francoeur at 2nd base).
DP: (Backe-Everett-Biggio).

Furcal, SS4020100.333
Giles, 2B5110004.250
Jones, C, 3B3100101.286
Jones, A, CF4331000.571
LaRoche, 1B10122001.000
Francoeur, RF3111112.429
Langerhans, LF4020012.400
McCann, C4113012.250
Smoltz, P2000001.000
Reitsma, P0000000.000
a-Johnson, PH0000100.000
Farnsworth, P0000000.000

a-Walked for Reitsma in the 8th.

2B: LaRoche (1, Clemens).
HR: McCann (1, 2nd inning off Clemens, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Furcal 2; Giles; Jones, A 3; LaRoche 2; Francoeur; Langerhans 2; McCann 4.
RBI: McCann 3 (3), LaRoche 2 (2), Jones, A (3), Francoeur (1).
2-out RBI: McCann 3; LaRoche 2; Jones, A; Francoeur.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Francoeur; Giles 3.
S: LaRoche; Smoltz.
GIDP: Smoltz.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Furcal (1, 2nd base off Clemens/Ausmus).

DP: (Giles-Furcal-LaRoche).

Clemens (L, 0-1)5.06553219.00
Backe 1.01000100.00
Qualls 1.042210018.00
Lidge 1.00002000.00
Smoltz (W, 1-0)7.07111501.29
Reitsma 1.010000027.00
Farnsworth 1.00000100.00

IBB: LaRoche (by Qualls), Palmeiro (by Smoltz).
Pitches-strikes: Clemens 92-53, Backe 7-5, Qualls 25-12, Lidge 27-14, Smoltz 93-67, Reitsma 17-10, Farnsworth 16-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Clemens 10-3, Backe 2-0, Qualls 1-0, Lidge 2-1, Smoltz 7-9, Reitsma 0-3, Farnsworth 0-2.
Batters faced: Clemens 24, Backe 3, Qualls 6, Lidge 5, Smoltz 28, Reitsma 4, Farnsworth 3.
Umpires: HP: Marvin Hudson. 1B: Jeff Nelson. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Eric Cooper. LF: Sam Holbrook. RF: Joe Brinkman.
Weather: 71 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
T: 2:52.
Att: 46,181.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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