It seems as though the Atlanta Braves' offense is finally clicking on all cylinders as the team earned its second straight win over the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night.
The Braves flexed their muscle, pounding out 11 hits, including three extra base knocks and were also helped out by four errors at the hands of the Houston defense.
Houston jumped on the scoreboard early when left fielder J. D. Martinez hit a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning before Atlanta tied the game at one run apiece in the top of the second on a Jason Heyward RBI-single to plate Dan Uggla.
The Braves broke the game open in the fourth inning when backup catch David Ross drove in Uggla and Chipper Jones with an RBI double in his season debut. Jack Wilson drove in Heyward just one play later with an RBI sacrifice bunt to give Atlanta the 4-1 lead.
Houston put together a small rally with one run each in the fifth and seventh innings before Heyward added an insurance run with his first home run of 2012 in the eigth inning.
Braves' starter Randall Delgado earned the win after pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out six Astros. The bullpen showed why it is considered one of the best in baseball as relievers Cristhian Martinez, Eric O'Flaherty and Johnny Venters pitched the sixth seventh and eighth innings before Craig Kimbrell earned his second save in a row by pitching a scoreless ninth inning, recording all three out by way of strikeout.
Heyward was a consistent performer all evening as he finished 3-for-4 from the plate with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Ross had a strong season debut with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and two RBI, while Jones and Freddie Freeman were each 2-for-5 at the plate.
The Braves will host the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in the team's home opener of 2012 with Jair Jurrjens (0-1) slated to start on the mound against Milwaukee's veteran Randy Wolf (0-1).
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