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On the double: Astros re-raise
Braves pushed to the brink
Jorge Sosa helped his cause with an RBI single and was steady through six innings, allowing three runs, but took the loss in Game 3. Game 2 hero Brian McCann and Andruw Jones added RBIs, but the Braves were otherwise shut down and now face a win-or-go-home Game 4 on Sunday.
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Astros 7, Braves 3
Houston's Craig Biggio hits one of his three doubles in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Harry Cabluck/AP)
'Atta boy, Roy! Astros lead
Roy Oswalt and the Astros' bats had the Braves seeing double, taking a 2-1 series lead. Houston rolled seven doubles, three by Craig Biggio and a pair of RBI two-baggers by Morgan Ensberg, and Oswalt limited Atlanta to three runs in 7 1/3 dominant innings. Mike Lamb added a solo homer.
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October 8, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   3 8 0
2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 X   7 12 1
Furcal, SS5000003.214
Giles, 2B5110031.231
Jones, C, 3B4000011.182
Jones, A, CF4031010.636
LaRoche, 1B3110102.500
Francoeur, RF3000013.300
Langerhans, LF2100112.286
b-Jordan, PH-LF1000002.000
McCann, C4011010.250
Sosa, P2011010.500
a-Johnson, PH1000000.000
Reitsma, P0000000.000
Foster, P0000000.000
Devine, P0000000.000
Brower, P0000000.000
c-Franco, PH1010000.250
1-Orr, PR0000000.000

a-Grounded out for Sosa in the 7th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Langerhans in the 8th. c-Singled for Brower in the 9th.
1-Ran for Franco in the 9th.

2B: Jones, A 2 (2, Oswalt, Wheeler).
TB: Giles; Jones, A 5; LaRoche; McCann; Sosa; Franco.
RBI: McCann (4), Sosa (1), Jones, A (4).
2-out RBI: McCann; Sosa.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Furcal; LaRoche; Langerhans; Francoeur; Jordan.
GIDP: Francoeur.
Team LOB: 8.

DP: 2 (Sosa-Furcal-LaRoche, LaRoche-Furcal-Brower).

Biggio, 2B5230010.500
Lidge, P0000000.000
Taveras, CF5120012.455
Berkman, LF-1B3211021.333
Ensberg, 3B4122001.417
Lamb, 1B2111200.500
Burke, LF00000001.000
Lane, RF3022000.300
Everett, SS3011003.182
Ausmus, C3000103.167
Oswalt, P3000003.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Gallo, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.143
Bruntlett, 2B0000000.000

a-Flied out for Gallo in the 8th.

2B: Biggio 3 (4, Sosa, Sosa, Reitsma), Ensberg 2 (2, Sosa, Devine), Taveras (1, Sosa), Lane (1, Sosa).
HR: Lamb (1, 3rd inning off Sosa, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Biggio 6; Taveras 3; Berkman; Ensberg 4; Lamb 4; Lane 3; Everett.
RBI: Ensberg 2 (7), Lane 2 (3), Lamb (1), Berkman (1), Everett (1).
2-out RBI: Lamb.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Everett; Taveras; Ensberg; Oswalt.
SF: Lane; Everett.
GIDP: Oswalt; Ausmus.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Everett (1, throw).
DP: (Ensberg-Lamb).

Sosa (L, 0-1)6.07332314.50
Reitsma 0.022200040.50
Foster 0.011100054.00
Devine 0.021110027.00
Brower 2.00000100.00
Oswalt (W, 1-0)7.16332703.68
Wheeler 0.11000006.75
Gallo (H, 1)0.10000000.00
Lidge 1.01000200.00

Reitsma pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Foster pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Devine pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

IBB: Lamb (by Sosa), Ausmus (by Sosa), Lamb (by Devine).
HBP: Berkman (by Sosa), Francoeur (by Oswalt).
Pitches-strikes: Sosa 90-56, Reitsma 9-6, Foster 1-1, Devine 14-6, Brower 21-15, Oswalt 106-70, Wheeler 9-6, Gallo 4-2, Lidge 13-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sosa 4-11, Reitsma 0-0, Foster 0-0, Devine 0-0, Brower 3-2, Oswalt 9-6, Wheeler 0-1, Gallo 1-0, Lidge 0-1.
Batters faced: Sosa 27, Reitsma 2, Foster 1, Devine 3, Brower 5, Oswalt 30, Wheeler 3, Gallo 1, Lidge 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Foster 2-1, Devine 2-2, Brower 3-1, Wheeler 1-1, Gallo 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Nelson. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Sam Holbrook. LF: Joe Brinkman. RF: Marvin Hudson.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:50.
Att: 43,759.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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