Franco's RBI double lifts Braves over Pirates
PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Once the starting pitchers left the game,
saw his opportunity to create a run.
Franco's RBI double in the ninth inning plated
to give the
just their third win in nine games, a 1-0 victory over the
With two out in the ninth, the 46-year-old Franco hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-center field gap against reliever
(0-2) to drive in the only run in a game that featured a terrific pitching duel.
delivered a one-out single, he was erased on a forceout by Jordan. But the oft-injured outfielder was able to motor home from first on Franco's hit to snap the scoreless tie.
"Jordan goes hard all the time," Braves manager
said. "I knew we had the right guy on first when Julio doubled. I knew he was going to score."
In his fourth career start, Atlanta's
yielded six hits and four walks in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. The 21-year-old righthander struck out five in lowering his ERA to 0.77.
"I tried to mix it up," Davies said. "(Catcher
) called a great game. We played great defense and I just tried to throw strikes. I was happy with my strikes. I wasn't falling behind as much, and that helped me stay in the game longer."
"He was just outstanding," Cox said. "He was just really good all night long. We just couldn't get a run for him. He made great pitches all night long."
Since being recalled from the minors on May 21, Davies has allowed just two runs in 23 1/3 innings.
"He just has unbelievable mound presence out there, pitches his way out of jams and doesn't get shaken up when he gets into a jam," Estrada said. "He just makes his pitches and doesn't ever have a scared look in his eye. He definitely had good stuff tonight. We got his break pitches going and working early."
was even more impressive, surrendering just three hits and a walk in eight innings. The lefthander, who has allowed more than three runs only once in 12 starts this season, struck out three.
"(Redman) threw excellent," Pittsburgh catcher
said. "He threw well enough to win it. It just stinks that we didn't score any runs for him. This one hurts a lot when this guy throws that good and you let it slip away."
"The ball didn't get out of the infield because of great defense," Redman said. "We made some outstanding plays. I have to tip my hat to my defense."
(1-0) relieved Davies and walked
to load the bases with two outs in the eighth. However, he escaped unscathed by getting
to ground out to second base.
retired the side in order in the ninth for his third save.
Ward had two other opportunities to drive in runs for Pittsburgh. But he grounded out with runners on second and third and two outs in the first before bouncing into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the sixth.
"I really can't be frustrated," Redman said of the lack of run support. "These guys are busting their tails on defense for me. I have to have quality starts to give us a chance to win, but if it wasn't for my defense, it wouldn't be like that. They were kicking it in gear out there, even after not having a good at-bat. They're not taking that to the field."
ended a 3-for-24 drought with three hits for Pittsburgh, which lost for the second time in its last six outings.
"We certainly had opportunities to blow that game wide open," Pirates manager
said. "Tonight, we just didn't do it. Redman was outstanding again. He gave us eight solid innings to put us in position to win the ballgame. We just couldn't get the hits to get it done."