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Furcal furnishes Braves' rally
Braves awaken late for win
The Braves had few answers for Mark Prior until the seventh, when Rafael Furcal smoked a two-run infield single and scored on Marcus Giles' subsequent single to sneak past the Cubs. Jorge Sosa filled in admirably for the injured Mike Hampton, allowing a run on four hits in six innings.
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Braves 3, Cubs 1
Ryan Langerhans scores the eventual game-winning run on Rafael Furcal's clutch hit. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Bad fortune strikes Cubs
Mark Prior was nearly unhittable going into the seventh inning, allowing just one hit, but he then yielded three hits and committed a throwing error that led to three runs in the decisive frame. Aramis Ramirez exited with a strained left quad after trying to beat out a double play in the first.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 24, 2005
ATL
Atlanta (72-55)
Won 1
Atlanta 3, Chi Cubs 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (61-66)
Lost 1
August 24, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Atlanta
0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0   3 5 1
Chi Cubs
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 1
Standings through 8/24/05  |  Gameday  |  Braves Stats  |  Cubs Stats
AtlantaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Furcal, SS4112101.275
Giles, 2B3011112.304
Jones, C, 3B4000002.304
Jones, A, CF4010011.272
Franco, 1B4000021.292
Francoeur, RF3120100.360
Langerhans, LF3100013.249
Farnsworth, P0000000.000
McCann, C3000122.277
Sosa, P2000011.053
a-LaRoche, PH1000012.253
Boyer, P0000000.000
Foster, P0000000.000
Johnson, LF1000000.238
Totals323534915 

a-Struck out for Sosa in the 7th.

BATTING
TB: Furcal; Giles; Jones, A; Francoeur 2.
RBI: Furcal 2 (48), Giles (46).
2-out RBI: Furcal 2; Giles.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Langerhans; Giles.
S: Langerhans.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Furcal 2 (38, 2nd base off Prior/Blanco, 2nd base off Prior/Blanco).

FIELDING
E: Sosa (3, missed catch).
DP: (Furcal-Giles-Franco).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lawton, LF2100101.267
b-Hairston, PH-LF1000000.261
Walker, 2B4021011.303
Lee, 1B3020102.353
Ramirez, 3B1000002.302
Macias, 3B2000003.282
Burnitz, RF4000011.262
Perez, SS4000011.272
Patterson, CF3000130.227
Blanco, C3010000.233
c-Barrett, PH1000011.290
Prior, P2000001.211
Ohman, P0000000.000
a-Hollandsworth, PH1000010.255
Novoa, P0000000.000
Wood, P0000000.111
Totals311513813 

a-Struck out for Ohman in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Lawton in the 8th. c-Struck out for Blanco in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Walker (20, Sosa), Lee 2 (42, Sosa, Farnsworth).
TB: Walker 3; Lee 4; Blanco.
RBI: Walker (31).
2-out RBI: Walker.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Macias 2; Walker; Perez; Barrett.
S: Macias.
GIDP: Ramirez.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lawton (17, 2nd base off Sosa/McCann).

FIELDING
E: Prior (1, throw).

 
AtlantaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sosa (W, 9-2)6.04112302.56
Boyer (H, 6)1.00000202.00
Foster (H, 10)0.20000003.46
Farnsworth (S, 7)1.11001302.26
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Prior (L, 9-5)6.24334703.68
Ohman 0.10000002.45
Novoa 1.01000103.48
Wood 1.00000104.29

WP: Prior.
IBB: Lee (by Sosa).
Pitches-strikes: Sosa 93-55, Boyer 15-10, Foster 8-6, Farnsworth 29-15, Prior 131-82, Ohman 8-5, Novoa 16-11, Wood 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sosa 7-8, Boyer 0-1, Foster 1-1, Farnsworth 1-0, Prior 8-5, Ohman 1-0, Novoa 1-1, Wood 1-1.
Batters faced: Sosa 24, Boyer 3, Foster 2, Farnsworth 6, Prior 29, Ohman 1, Novoa 4, Wood 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Mark Carlson. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Mike DiMuro.
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 15 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:53.
Att: 38,033.

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