Villone (3-1) bounced back from his lone loss in eight starts this season, allowing two runs - one earned - and three hits. He did walk six but struck out four and has allowed two earned runs or less in all but one of his starts.
"I think things are just falling into place," Villone said. "I don't think there's one key. I pitch inside. I like to pitch inside. Today, I was wild. I didn't have an idea where the ball was going."
"Villone really battled tonight," Astros manager
said. "He made some big pitches and got some big outs."
Williams felt good about all four pitchers who appeared Wednesday.
"I like our pitching a lot," he said. "Lidge, Dotel, and Wagner have been outstanding all year."
Atlanta rookie starter
(8-4) was tagged for five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and is winless in his last four starts.
"He settled down and pitched well," Braves manager
said. "A couple of walks, maybe. They hit some balls to where we couldn't turn two. I thought Ramirez threw the ball well."
had his streak of hits in nine consecutive at-bats snapped with a long flyout in the bottom of the first. He went 0-for-4 with a walk and run scored.
"The first swing he had, on a normal day, when the air is not so heavy, it's a home run," Cox said. "Gilly isn't going to get a hit every night."
"My first at-bat was my best at-bat of the day," Giles said. "After that, I chased pitches. Sure it is (disappointing). It was a tough break for me personally, but more important it's a tough loss. Every loss is a tough loss."
Ramirez had allowed just five first-inning runs in his previous 18 starts but was roughed up in the opening frame Wednesday.
"I didn't do a good job with damage control," Ramirez said. "When I do well, I stay away from the big inning. I didn't do that today."
was walked intentionally but
plated a run with a groundout.
was hit by a pitch that load the bases and Everett blooped a single to left-center that gave the Astros a 4-0 lead.
Atlanta got on the board in the third on a sacrifice fly by
and drew within 4-2 when Jones singled home
in the fifth.
An RBI groundout by Biggio in the sixth extended Houston's edge to 5-2.
The Braves wasted a leadoff double in the sixth and failed to convert on a golden opportunity in the seventh. Giles opened the inning with a walk and Sheffield beat out an infield hit.