|Atlanta (72-68) «||3||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||9||16||2|
Brian McCann had four hits and two RBI for the Braves, who finished with 16 hits, two shy of their season high. Atlanta's run total was its highest since a 9-1 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 29.
"We did a lot of hitting," manager Bobby Cox said. "Everyone seemed to chip in with it."
Oswalt (8-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits -- matching a season worst -- in two innings, dropping to 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in seven career starts against Atlanta.
"He left some pitches up, which he normally doesn't do," McCann said. "We were able to put some good swings on it. It was definitely something we needed to do."
The Braves had scored a total of 10 runs and batted .153 in their previous six games, but led 3-0 after 12 pitches.
Oswalt left his previous start with soreness in his back and departed the clubhouse without speaking to reporters after this one, but manager Cecil Cooper said the right-hander's back wasn't bothering him.
"It looked like the ball was coming out of his hand OK, but he was just having trouble getting his pitches where he needed them," Cooper said. "The back wasn't an issue. I went over to him and asked him about it, but he told me it was fine."
Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer for the Astros, who lost for the third time in Oswalt's last 13 starts.
"I wish I could do better than I did, but that is part of the game," said Tejada, who became the first Astros player to ground into three double plays. "I try to do good every day, but today was the kind of day where nothing was working out for me."
McCann ended an 0-for-20 slump with a single and Jones scored on Anderson's sacrifice fly to left.
Atlanta added three more in the second. McCann doubled in McLouth to give the Braves a 4-1 lead. Anderson and Adam LaRoche added RBI singles.
Tejada thought Oswalt's back must have been hurting, despite what he told Cooper.
"I was surprised to see the way he was," Tejada said. "He is one of those pitchers that just does not ever give in. We have to think he did what he did because of his back."
Derek Lowe (14-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, managing to win for the second time in five starts. The right-hander reached 14 wins for the sixth time in 13 seasons but is disappointed with his year.
"It's been kind of a struggle for me," Lowe said. "If it was a normal year, where you're a lot more consistent, then you can kind of settle down. But this is kind of how I've been pitching for so long. It's been a long season."
Berkman hit his 19th homer off the facade in left center in the third, cutting Atlanta's lead to 6-4. Umpires used instant replay to confirm the ball cleared the yellow line by about a foot.
The first baseman hadn't homered in 32 games, one shy of the longest drought of his career.
|Roy Oswalt can't bear to watch, giving up six runs and 10 hits in two innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nate McLouth, CF||4||2||2||1||2||0||0||.263|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||3||3||0||1||0||2||.304|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||2||1||1||1||2||3||.268|
|Brian McCann, C||5||2||4||2||0||0||0||.277|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||0||2||3||0||1||1||.280|
|Reid Gorecki, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||3||3||.269|
|Ryan Church, RF||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.277|
|a- Matt Diaz, PH-RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.321|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||2||0||1||1||2||.219|
|Derek Lowe, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||5||.188|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.282|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Church in the 4th|
|b-flied out for Moylan in the 9th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (23, Oswalt), Brian McCann (32, Oswalt), Kelly Johnson (18, Wright)|
|HR - Nate McLouth (18, Oswalt)|
|SF - Garret Anderson (7)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (60), Chipper Jones (64), Brian McCann 2 (77), Garret Anderson 3 (54), Adam LaRoche (65), Matt Diaz (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (41)|
|SB - Yunel Escobar (4, 2nd base off Lopez/Coste)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Lowe-Escobar-LaRoche, Jones-Johnson-LaRoche, Escobar-Johnson-LaRoche|
|E - Chipper Jones 2 (20, Throwing)|
|Derek Lowe (W,14-9)||5.2||9||5||5||2||5||1||4.47|
|Mike Gonzalez (S,10)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 101-63, Eric O'Flaherty 18-11, Peter Moylan 23-17, Mike Gonzalez 22-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-3, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Peter Moylan 4-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Peter Moylan 7, Mike Gonzalez 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.295|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||4||2||2||0||1||2||2||.246|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||1||2||3||1||1||1||.273|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||1||1||2||0||1||.306|
|Edwin Maysonet, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.300|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||2||3||0||0||1||0||.290|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Chris Coste, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Roy Oswalt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.128|
|Billy Sadler, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Aaron Boone, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.203|
|Sammy Gervacio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.238|
|Doug Brocail, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Wright in the 4th|
|b-struck out for Lopez in the 6th|
|c-singled for Byrdak in the 8th|
|HR - Lance Berkman (19, Lowe)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (34), Lance Berkman 3 (69), Carlos Lee (89), Jason Michaels (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (16), Jason Michaels (7)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (53, 2nd base off Lowe/McCann), Kazuo Matsui 2 (16, 2nd base off Lowe/McCann, 2nd base off O'Flaherty/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Tejada-Berkman|
|Roy Oswalt (L,8-6)||2||10||6||6||1||5||1||4.03|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 71-46, Billy Sadler 25-15, Wesley Wright 8-6, Wilton Lopez 27-17, Sammy Gervacio 14-8, Tim Byrdak 12-10, Doug Brocail 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Sadler 1-1, Wesley Wright 1-1, Wilton Lopez 4-1, Sammy Gervacio 1-0, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Doug Brocail 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 17, Billy Sadler 7, Wesley Wright 3, Wilton Lopez 8, Sammy Gervacio 4, Tim Byrdak 3, Doug Brocail 5|
|Attendance - 26552|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel|