ATLANTA (Ticker) --
again delivered when it counted for the
Estrada's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Braves to a 2-1 victory over the
and a split of their two-game series.
The win put the Braves back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the National League East. The Phillies were beaten by the
, 10-8, Thursday afternoon.
Atlanta managed just one hit in the 10th - a bunt single by
- and capitalized on an error by shortstop
led off with a grounder up the middle that Wilson fielded but fumbled as he attempted to take it out of his glove.
on five pitches and Furcal placed a perfect bunt down the third base line that left
with no play, loading the bases with none out.
That set the stage for Estrada, an All-Star who entered the game with a major league-best .440 batting average with runners in scoring position and hit an opposite field fly ball that was tracked down by left fielder
. Marrero tagged up and scored easily.
"I hadn't driven in a run for a while," said Estrada, who had just one RBI over his last 11 games. "We needed to win today. We couldn't lose two to the Pirates to end the homestand."
(4-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win after
escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by retiring former Brave
on an inning-ending double play grounder.
Pitching in his first game since serving a three-game suspension for throwing at Oakland's
, Torres retired two batters in the ninth before running into trouble in the 10th.
"When you walk guys, it really hurts," Torres said. "I threw (Estrada) a split finger and left it up. He hit it to left field. End of game."
of Pittsburgh and
of the Braves engaged in quite a pitcher's duel. Wells allowed one run and four hits in eight innings with no walks. Ortiz matched the one run in eight innings and yielded six hits.
"Being in this one to the end, it's unfortunate we couldn't win it," Wells said. "But you have to give Ortiz credit."
"That's a fun game to be in on my side," Ortiz said. "I think for the guys on the other side, it's frustrating."
Pittsburgh scored first after two were out in the third inning.
hit a grounds rule double to left center and
followed with an RBI single to left.
The Braves tied it in the bottom of the third. Catcher
opened the inning with a double, went to third on a groundout by Ortiz and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Furcal.