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Braves pushed to the brink
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Astros 7, Braves 3
Jorge Sosa drove in his first career run in his postseason debut. (David J. Phillip/AP)
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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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ATL
October 8, 2005
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Atlanta
0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   3 8 0
Houston
2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 X   7 12 1
HOU
AtlantaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals353832914 

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.

BATTING
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.

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

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals3271273413 

a-Flied out for Gallo in the 8th.

BATTING
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.

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

 
AtlantaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sosa (L, 0-1)6.07332314.50
Reitsma 0.022200040.50
Foster 0.011100054.00
Devine 0.021110027.00
Brower 2.00000100.00
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
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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