Hampton, Langerhans lead Braves to four-game sweep
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It was a memorable day for
. It was a miserable weekend for the
Hampton pitched a career-best two-hitter and homered and Langerhans set season highs with two homers and six RBI as the
completed a four-game sweep of the Astros with a 16-0 victory.
The margin of victory was the largest for the Braves since an 18-0 rout of the
on October 3, 1999.
Hampton (4-1), who played for the Astros from 1994-99, recorded his first shutout since a 6-0 win over the
New York Mets
as a member of the
on May 9, 2001. He had two previous three-hitters as a member of the Astros.
"Besides a no-hitter in (Class) A-ball, I think this was probably one of my best (performances)," said Hampton, who hurled the no-hitter on May 31, 1991 as a member of the San Bernardino Spirit of the
singled in the first inning and
added an infield single in the ninth for Houston's only hits. Hampton walked one, retired 20 straight batters from the second through the ninth innings and faced just one batter over the minimum.
"I wasn't thinking about (facing the minimum number of batters)," Hampton said. "When you're out in the ninth inning, your adrenaline is pumping. You don't have time to think about that."
Along with shutting down Houston, Hampton also outscored the Astros himself with a solo home run in the eighth inning. He is the active leader among pitchers with 15 home runs.
Langerhans hit a two-run homer in the second inning and had a two-run double in the third against Astros rookie
(0-1) as the Braves built an 8-0 lead. Langerhans added a two-run homer in the seventh.
"Chipper (Jones) came up to me after the second homer and said, 'I've been playing 12 years in this league and I've never had six RBI' so that made it feel even more special," Langerhans said.
"Guys like (Adam) LaRoche, Langerhans,
, and Wilson (Betemit), I talk a lot of hitting with them," Atlanta's
said. "It makes me feel like a proud papa."
hit a three-run homer and
added a two-run shot for the Braves, who swept the Astros in a four-game series for the first time since July 1992.
The loss was the 11th straight on the road for the Astros, who were outscored, 38-8, in the series and shut out for the fifth time this year on the road.
"It certainly was (a forgetful series)," Astros manager
said. "We got one hit until the last inning. We were never in the ballgame."
The road losing streak is the longest for the Astros since August 1-22, 1996, when they lost 12 in a row.