Langerhans' first career home run enough for Braves
HOUSTON (Ticker) --
' first career home run ended a night dominated by pitching.
Langerhans' home run in the top of the 12th inning lifted the
to a 1-0 victory over the
The Round Rock, Texas native delivered the winning blow in front of 14 family members that included his parents, grandparents and fiance.
"I think every kid dreams of doing that," Langerhans said. "It was a two-seamer down low, and I just hit it good. I just wanted to go up there and get a good pitch, and it worked out."
had another stellar outing, scattering five hits and striking out eight in seven innings. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has not allowed a run in his last 16 innings.
He lowered his ERA to 0.43 in handcuffing the Braves' offense.
"What a game," Atlanta manager
said. "(Tim) Hudson was dynamite and so was Clemens. You couldn't tell the difference between the two.
"We've been seeing unsung heroes every night. Tonight was Langerhans' night. It was just a great game. That's as good as it gets."
Braves starter Hudson answered Clemens by lasting nine innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.
"You just go out there, pitch and try to match him," Hudson said of facing Clemens. "It got more exciting as the game went along. This was a fun game to watch if you're a true baseball fan.
"If you like offense, you probably left in the fifth inning."
(0-2) surrendered the home run to Langerhans. Wheeler also gave up the winning run in an extra-inning game against the
New York Mets
on April 13, a game also started by Clemens.
Houston's offense continued to nose dive, a frequent occurrence when Clemens starts. The Astros were unable to score the winning run in the 10th inning, despite having the bases loaded with none out.
"Our pitching is good, but you can't ask those guys to go out there every night and pitch 12 shutout-type innings," Houston manager
said. "We had two late opportunities to win it and weren't able to do it.
"The good thing about baseball is you don't have to wait a week to come out and bounce back."
(1-0) picked up the win for Atlanta, striking out two in the 11th inning and Danny Kolb recorded his fourth save of the season.
Hudson and Clemens each were hit by line drives, but both shook off the hard hits and continued to pitch impressively.
"We were like a couple of pinatas," Hudson said.
The victory moved Cox past
into eighth place on the managerial career wins list with 2,009.