Season series: Astros vs. Braves
Houston dropped five of six to Atlanta with last meeting in May
The Braves won five of six meetings with the Astros this year, but the teams have not faced each other since May 8, when Houston looked nothing like a playoff contender. Houston is again the National League's Cinderella team, having gone 71-41 since May 27 -- when the club was 16-31 -- to clinch its second consecutive Wild Card. Still, it is hard to overlook the fact that the Braves have outscored the Astros, 41-13.
April 18: Braves 1, Astros 0 (12)
Minute Maid Park
Rookie Ryan Langerhans hit a pinch-hit home run in the 12th inning off Astros reliever Dan Wheeler to give the Braves a 1-0 win. Atlanta starter Tim Hudson and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens engaged in a tight pitching duel for eight innings. Hudson took a four-hitter into the 10th inning and finished with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Clemens worked his way into the eighth inning and gave up just five hits and struck out eight.
April 19: Astros 5, Braves 3
Minute Maid Park
Brandon Backe picked up his first win of the season and Willy Taveras clubbed his first career home run in Houston's only win over Atlanta during the regular season, 5-3.
May 5: Braves 9, Astros 3
John Thomson pitched his first complete game since 2003 in a 9-3 victory for Atlanta. Thomson retired 27 of the final 29 batters he faced.
May 6: Braves 9, Astros 4
Johnny Estrada went deep with a three-run homer in the first inning and the Braves roughed up Roy Oswalt for nine runs in a 9-4 victory.
May 7: Braves 4, Astros 1
Horacio Ramirez pitched seven shutout innings to earn a 4-1 victory over Houston. The ageless wonder, Julio Franco, went 3-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season.
May 8: Braves 16, Astros 0
Mike Hampton pitched his first complete game -- a two-hit shutout -- in nearly a year and homered in a 16-0 bashing of the struggling Astros. Ryan Langerhans drove in six runs and had a three-run homer to help Atlanta complete the four-game sweep of Houston. The loss was the Astros' 11th consecutive on the road.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.