Braves 7, Expos 6
One pitch after Green’s tying shot in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night, Drew hit another homer to give the Braves a 7-6 win over the Montreal Expos.
“I half expected him to come out in the middle of that swing with a curtain call,” Drew said.
Green, filling in for injured second baseman Marcus Giles, hit a tying three-run homer off Biddle with two outs, and Drew hit the winner on the next pitch.
“Just like that, two minutes and the game is over,” Green said. “Everybody was all excited because we tied it up, and all of a sudden J.D. swings at the first pitch and it’s over.”
After watching Green tie the game on a curveball from Biddle, Drew was thinking about ending the game.
“I didn’t want to take anything right then,” Drew said. “No extra innings. Let’s go to the house. … Basically I had made up my mind I was going to swing at that first pitch as hard as I can.”
Following his second blown save, Biddle (0-3) was left with a 6.88 ERA.
“It gets to the point where you think it can’t get any worse, and then it does,” Biddle said. “Maybe this is rock bottom for us. Maybe it will wake us up and we’ll turn things around.”
In the ninth inning, Mark DeRosa reached on third baseman Tony Batista’s error, and after an out, pinch-hitter Eli Marrero singled. Rafael Furcal popped out before Green tied it with his first hit of the game.
Green’s homer came one night after he hit his first career home run, also a three-run shot, gave the Braves the lead in their 8-2 win over Montreal.
The ninth-inning collapse by Biddle came after Armas limited Atlanta to two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. It was his first start since being sidelined by a strained right rotator cuff during spring training as he recovered from season-ending shoulder surgery last May 23.
Chipper Jones aggravated his right hamstring injury in the fourth inning. He missed 16 games earlier this season because of the injury.
Jones said he hopes the injury is not as severe this time, though he said “It feels like a grapefruit in the hamstring.”
He is day to day.
“I didn’t do it as bad as I did the first time,” Jones said. “I was able to pull up before it got that bad.”
Atlanta already is without Giles, both halves of its original first-base platoon and starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez. Furcal and Marrero recently returned from injuries.
Armando Almanza (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings for Atlanta.
He allowed only two baserunners through the first four innings. Mike Hessman’s fly to center in the third inning was the only ball the Braves hit out of the infield.
With one out in the fifth, Andruw Jones ended the no-hit bid by homer on a 3-2 pitch.
Armas left the game after giving up a walk and a single in the sixth inning. Johnny Estrada followed with a broken-bat, bloop RBI single to center off reliever Jeremy Fikac, cutting the Expos’ lead to 3-2.
Brad Wilkerson’s seventh homer gave Montreal a 4-2 lead in the seventh.
The Expos added two runs off Kevin Gryboski in the eighth. Hessman was charged with an error when he couldn’t field a low throw from Furcal on a grounder by Orlando Cabrera, and Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera and Brian Schneider followed with three straight hits.
Estrada, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Atlanta, drove in Drew with a double off Chad Cordero in the eighth inning.
Wright gave up six hits and four runs—two earned—in seven innings.
Vidro, who had singles in the first and second innings, leads Montreal with 11 multihit games. … The second-inning error was the sixth of the season for Furcal, who set a career high with 31 last season. … Andruw Jones leadsthe Braves with 12 homers.