Langerhans' RBI single in ninth lifts Braves past Brewers
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
became the latest to come through for the streaking
Langerhans lined a pinch single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to score
and lift the Braves to a 2-1 victory over the
was superb through eight innings but saw his bullpen falter as Braves manager
pushed all the right buttons in the ninth.
(1-3) with one out to start the rally. Cox immediately called on Orr to run for Franco and
to hit for rookie
LaRoche promptly singled to center field, putting runners on the corners. After
was walked intentionally, Cox elected to go with Langerhans in favor of Atlanta native
, who homered in his major league debut Thursday.
While the move was not popular with the fans, who booed lustily as Francoeur was lifted, it turned out to be the right one.
Langerhans slapped a 1-0 offering past a drawn-in infield into left, giving Atlanta its season-high sixth straight win.
"It was just a pitch out over the plate a little bit," Langerhans said. "I was trying to hit it to center field."
"Things went perfect in the inning," Cox said. "You do some stuff and it works out on your end and you end up winning the game. I don't think it was (a popular move), but we have to use all of the resources we have to win the game."
Former Brewers closer
(2-5) worked a perfect ninth to record the win, his first since April 30.
Kolb, who was acquired from Milwaukee in the offseason, lost his closer's job to
in late May. However, the righthander recently has flashed his old form, allowing just two runs in his last 10 appearances.
"It's feeling like last year," said Kolb, who recorded 39 saves during his All-Star season in 2004. "Tonight was evidence of it again. I was able to put the ball where I needed to."
yielded a run and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three. Atlanta's bullpen took over, allowing just one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless frames.
Davis surrendered a run, five hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out five and recovered well after
' broken-bat RBI double in the fourth, yielding just two hits thereafter.
is strong," Davis said. "He put a good swing on the ball."
"I was kind of surprised," said Jones, who lined the double into the left-center field gap despite shattering his bat into three pieces. "He got in with a little cutter. I just muscled it out there. I'll take those."
The Brewers, who stranded a runner in each of the first six innings, ran themselves out of a potential rally in the fourth.
laced a one-out double and
followed with a single to center. Not known for his speed, Jenkins was waved in by third base coach Rich Donnelly but thrown out easily by Jones, a seven-time Gold Glove winner.
"When the ball was hit, I was sure it was off to (Jones') side," Donnelly said. "Jenkins hesitated. My mistake was that I didn't pick him up."
homered in the sixth for Milwaukee, who fell to 17-28 in games decided by two runs or less.