10/10/2004 12:30 PM ET
It all comes down to Game 5
Braves host Astros in decisive NLDS matchup
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
|Jaret Wright aims to avenge a Game 1 defeat and send Atlanta to the NLCS. (John Amis/MLB.com)
HOUSTON -- All or nothing.
Win or go home.
Atlanta or Houston?
Two teams, one hard fought series and one game to determine the winner. Houston and Atlanta have battled each other even through four games and will square off Monday in Atlanta with a National League Championship Series berth at stake.
The teams are tied 2-2 in their NLDS following Atlanta's 6-5 win on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Game 5 will begin at 8:09 p.m. ET.
"We're going back to Atlanta, and we weren't supposed to be," said Jaret Wright, who will start for the Braves. "This has been a heck of a series, and tomorrow should be another great game."
The Astros have led the series, 1-0 and 2-1, but the Braves have battled back each time to even it. Wright was beaten by the Astros in Game 1.
Houston will counter with right-hander Roy Oswalt, who was not involved in the decision in Game 2 after allowing a run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"It's do-or-die for both teams," Atlanta reliever Kevin Gryboski said.
The Astros had their 19-game home winning streak snapped on Sunday.
"I don't think anybody has an advantage right now," Houston left fielder Craig Biggio said. "Both teams believe in themselves and both are capable of winning tomorrow."
Atlanta's Chipper Jones agreed.
"You've got two good teams playing one game, winner take all," Jones said. "It's all come down to one game, and one game -- home or away -- you can't really say either team has an advantage. They beat us in our place already and we beat them here."
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.