Extra MustardSI On CampusFantasyPhoto GalleriesSwimsuitVideoFanNationSI KidsTNT
Updated: Sunday, May 9, 2004 3:19 AM EDT
MLB RECAP
Recap | Box Score | MLB Scores  
ATLANTA 5, HOUSTON 4 (10 INNINGS)
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After failing to come through in the eighth inning, Andruw Jones made good the next time.

Jones homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory over the red-hot Houston Astros .

After the Braves rallied in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3, Jones stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. But the Gold Glove center fielder, who snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a single in the second, failed to cash in, grounding out to third base.

The three-time All-Star did not disappoint in his next at-bat. With two outs and the bases empty in the 10th, Jones deposited a 2-1 pitch from Ricky Stone (1-1) over the right field wall for his fifth homer.

"He left the ball down and away off the plate and I just put good wood on it," Jones said.

It was the third walk-off home run of Jones' career and made a winner of Antonio Alfonseca (3-0), who worked a scoreless 10th.

Houston starter Roy Oswalt retired 11 straight until Mark DeRosa opened the eighth with a single to center. After quickly getting ahead of the light-hitting Jesse Garcia , Oswalt unleashed a pitch high and inside.

Plate umpire Gary Darling called the pitch a foul ball, but second base umpire Rob Drake overruled the call, claiming the ball glanced off Garcia's helmet.

Astros Manager Jimy Williams was ejected during the ensuing argument.

"Some umpires have better than 20/20 vision," said Williams. "That umpire must have better than 20/20 hearing. He heard the ball hit the helmet from second base."

After pinch hitter Rafael Furcal advanced the runners with a groundout, Oswalt walked rookie Wilson Betemit to load the bases. Adam LaRoche followed with an RBI single to pull Atlanta within 3-2 and Chipper Jones walked on five pitches, forcing in the tying run.

"I know I came up in a big spot and there isn't anyone I want up more than me," said Chipper Jones , who was activated from the disabled list before the game. "I wanted to put a good at-bat up and he walked me."

"Chipper complained the last time up," Oswalt said. "Anytime you get a guy like that complaining, you don't get the same pitches."

Both teams managed to plate a run in the ninth.

Houston took a 4-3 lead when Morgan Ensberg led off with a triple against Braves closer John Smoltz and scored on pinch hitter Jose Vizcaino 's single. Atlanta countered in the bottom half with pinch hitter Johnny Estrada 's base hit and an RBI triple by Garcia.

Houston's Craig Biggio went 3-for-5 with two homers to stake the Astros to a 3-1 lead. He collected the 2,500th hit of his career with a first-inning single.

"It's a great feeling to get your name put up with a lot of the greatest players to play the game," said Biggio, who posted his 11th career multi-homer game.

The win snapped Atlanta's three-game skid and halted Houston's winning streak at four.


© 2005 STATS, Inc
divider line
Search