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Atlanta (84-76) «0020230007100
Houston (71-89)010100000271

Braves 7, Astros 2

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HOUSTON -- Jo-Jo Reyes wasn't worried about leaving one last good impression on the Atlanta Braves heading into the offseason.

The rookie left-hander did it anyway, giving up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Braves beat Houston 7-2 on Friday night.

"I just wanted to go out and have fun," Reyes said. "Of course, I wanted to go out with a bang. But you've just got to go pitch-by-pitch."

Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer and rookie Brandon Jones added a two-run double as the Braves as the Astros opened the last series of Craig Biggio's career.

The Braves were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to Philadelphia, so manager Bobby Cox is using the final three games to evaluate his young talent.

Cox liked what he saw from Reyes, who was making his 10th start since getting recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Aug. 21.

"We keep saying he's close, he's really close. He's every bit of that," Cox said.

Reyes made five starts for Atlanta between July 6 to Aug. 3 and took a loss and four no-decisions. He was determined to change his attitude when he got a second chance.

"I came back up and took a different approach -- just have fun," he said. "I was thinking too much the first time I was up here instead of just going out there, pitch by pitch."

While Reyes' career is just beginning, Biggio's is winding to a close.

The Astros are guaranteed their second losing season since 1991, but Minute Maid Park was nearly full of fans getting their last glimpses of the beloved Biggio, who spent all 20 of his major-league seasons in Houston.

A banner in left field read "Thanks for All the Memories Craig!" and a black No. "7" was painted on the grass on Tal's Hill in center field.

"I wish I could describe to you guys what this feels like, to be this appreciated for just going about your business," he said. "It just makes you feel great because they really appreciate how you've gone about your business for a really long time." It is really hard to describe what you are going through when all you see is a bunch of signs and kids and them all letting you know how you feel."

The 41-year-old Biggio got a standing ovation every time he walked to the batter's box. Before his first at-bat, he tipped his helmet to the fans, placed it over his heart for a moment, then singled to left on the first pitch, career hit No. 3,057.

Biggio finished 1-for-3 with a walk and has two games left.

"This is going to be great and I know the fans are really going to make it difficult on me Sunday -- and I mean that in a good way," he said. "I am disappointed that we lost and tomorrow is going to be real hard. Sunday, I am going to be a mess."

Ty Wigginton gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second, doubling off the left-field fence to score Carlos Lee.

The Braves answered with two runs in the third after loading the bases off Houston starter Matt Albers (4-11). Mark Loretta retied the game in the fourth with an RBI single.

Francoeur homered into the Astros' bullpen in the fifth, after Chipper Jones beat out an infield hit. It was Francoeur's 19th homer of the season and second in two nights.

Left-hander Stephen Randolph relieved Albers to start the sixth. Albers finished with a career-high eight strikeouts, but still lost his fifth straight decision.

Willie Harris, who struck out three times against Albers, drew a walk from Randolph and came home on Mark Teixeira's double down the left-field line. Randolph intentionally walked Francoeur, but Brandon Jones doubled off the left-field scoreboard to make it 7-2.

It was Jones' first major league hit after he was called up from the minors on Sept. 16.

"I tell you what, it feels good to get it out of the way," he said. "I can stop thinking about it, stop pressing and just go out there and start playing again."

Notes

Teixeira has had an RBI in 32 of 53 games with the Braves. He had his streak of games with a homer stopped at three. ... Chipper Jones doubled in the first inning, his 75th extra-base hit. ... The Astros wore uniforms from the 1989-93 seasons, with rainbow-patterns on the sleeves. ... The Astros gave manager Cecil Cooper a two-year contract before the game. Cooper had been the interim manager since Aug. 27, when Phil Garner was fired.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

B. Jones
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, CF4000132 .276
Yunel Escobar, SS5220012 .331
Chipper Jones, 3B2210100 .339
    Chris Woodward, 3B2120000 .201
Mark Teixeira, 1B2011201 .308
    Scott Thorman, PR-1B1100011 .219
Jeff Francoeur, RF3113113 .292
    Matt Diaz, PR-RF1000001 .339
Brandon Jones, LF5013013 .083
Martin Prado, 2B5010013 .288
Corky Miller, C4010111 .259
Jo-Jo Reyes, P4000032 .158
    Joey Devine, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals387107612  
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar 2 (24, Albers, Albers), Chipper Jones (42, Albers), Chris Woodward (6, Moehler), Mark Teixeira (33, Randolph), Brandon Jones (1, Randolph), Corky Miller (2, Albers)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (19, Albers)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (105), Jeff Francoeur 3 (105), Brandon Jones 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (37), Brandon Jones 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Jones-Prado-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes (W,2-2) 6.2722230 6.22
Joey Devine 0.1000100 1.13
Tyler Yates 1000010 5.18
Octavio Dotel 1000010 4.11
IBB - Towles by Jo-Jo Reyes
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 106-71, Joey Devine 7-2, Tyler Yates 9-6, Octavio Dotel 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 10-6, Tyler Yates 1-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 28, Joey Devine 2, Tyler Yates 3, Octavio Dotel 3
Houston Astros
Josh Anderson, CF4010000 .373
Craig Biggio, 2B3010110 .250
Lance Berkman, 1B4000004 .278
    Eric Bruntlett, 3B0000000 .248
Carlos Lee, LF3220000 .304
    Luke Scott, LF1000010 .255
Hunter Pence, RF4010001 .324
Mark Loretta, SS3011001 .286
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .200
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000 .235
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
Ty Wigginton, 3B-1B4011011 .279
J.R. Towles, C3000112 .359
Matt Albers, P2000014 .069
    Stephen Randolph, P0000000 .000
    Dennis Sarfate, P0000000 .000
    Chris Burke, SS1000100 .232
Totals3327235  
a-popped out for Moehler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (43, Reyes), Ty Wigginton (33, Reyes)
RBI - Mark Loretta (41), Ty Wigginton (67)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton (18)
SB - Carlos Lee (10, 2nd base off Reyes/Miller)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Matt Albers (1, Missed catch of throw)
Houston Astros
Matt Albers (L,4-11) 5643481 5.86
Stephen Randolph 0.2333210 12.15
Dennis Sarfate 0.1000010 0.00
Brian Moehler 2100020 4.14
Mark McLemore 1000000 3.97
IBB - Teixeira by Matt Albers, Francoeur by Stephen Randolph
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Albers 103-62, Stephen Randolph 29-12, Dennis Sarfate 5-3, Brian Moehler 17-14, Mark McLemore 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Albers 5-3, Stephen Randolph 1-0, Brian Moehler 1-3, Mark McLemore 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Albers 26, Stephen Randolph 7, Dennis Sarfate 1, Brian Moehler 7, Mark McLemore 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43011
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Derryl Cousins