Mike Minor pitched a great game aside from a rough first inning to lead the Braves to a 6-3 win. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/ Getty Images)
For the second time this season, a late game Brian McCann homer off of Brandon Lyon helped lead the Braves to a victory over the Astros in extra frames. Tonight's blast came in the tenth inning and was crushed into the right field seats. Unlike during the May 17th affair, the Braves offense put on an impressive performance despite some squandered opportunities. Tonight's 6-3 win means Atlanta has now won five straight and gotten double-digit hits in back-to-back nights.
Early on, it seemed like the Braves just weren't going to be able to keep the winning streak going. Mike Minor came out and gave up two runs in the first off of base hits that sent Eric Hinske running all over left field. Minor pitched a gem after the rough first inning, though. He ultimately left the game after six, giving up just the two first inning runs, four hits, and two walks.
The Braves had several opportunities to break out with some runs, leaving nine men on base tonight. They finally broke through to score in the third when one of Chipper's two doubles on the night drove in Uggla all the way from first. Dan went 2 for 3 and drew two walks on the night! This is his first 2-game hitting streak since May 10th and 11th, and his first multi-hit game since May 15th. Could it be?
Eric Hinske tacked on a run in the fourth with a blast to right field to tie up the game at two. This score held until McCann's 3-run jack gave Atlanta the lead in the tenth. A Hinske base hit later in the inning allowed Chipper to cross the plate and gave the Braves all the insurance they needed. Kimbrel came on in the bottom half and gave up a run, but got the job done for the Bravos.