Derek Lowe lasted 3 2/3 innings, taking his eighth loss. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
Staked to an early four-run lead on homers by Matt Diaz and Adam LaRoche, Derek Lowe seemed poised to deliver the Braves a victory. But the righty faltered in a brutal fourth, which snowballed after he was struck on the hand by a comebacker.
BATTING 2B: Anderson, G (21, Stokes). HR: Diaz, M (8, 2nd inning off Perez, O, 2 on, 1 out), LaRoche (18, 3rd inning off Perez, O, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Diaz, M 5; Anderson, G 3; Escobar, Y; LaRoche 4; Norton; McCann. RBI: Diaz, M 3 (35), LaRoche (54). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Church 2. GIDP: Escobar, Y, McCann. Team RISP: 1-for-4. Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING CS: Diaz, M (3, 2nd base by Perez, O/Santos, O). PO: Diaz, M (1st base by Perez, O).
FIELDING E: McCann (8, fielding). DP: (Escobar, Y-Infante-LaRoche). Pickoffs: Lowe, D (Francoeur at 2nd base).
Game Scores: Lowe, D , Perez, O . Pitches-strikes: Lowe, D 82-53, Medlen 38-27, Acosta, M 22-15, Logan 10-8, Perez, O 81-49, Dessens 25-14, Feliciano,
P 11-5, Stokes 15-10. Groundouts-flyouts: Lowe, D 9-0, Medlen 0-1, Acosta, M 1-1, Logan 2-0, Perez, O 4-4, Dessens 2-1, Feliciano, P 1-0,
Stokes 2-0. Batters faced: Lowe, D 20, Medlen 11, Acosta, M 6, Logan 4, Perez, O 21, Dessens 7, Feliciano, P 3, Stokes 4. Inherited runners-scored: Medlen 1-0. Umpires: HP: Joe West. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Paul Nauert. 3B:
Paul Schrieber. Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 13 mph, Out to LF. T: 2:52. Att:
38,613. Venue: Citi Field. August 18, 2009 August 18, 2009
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