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Braves Vs. Astros Final Score: Six Pitchers Combine For Three-Hit Shutout As Braves Win, 3-0

The Braves shut down the Astros for only three hits in a 3-0 win.

Jordan Schafer got the scoring started in the third with a RBI single off Brandon Lyon, which scored Diory Hernandez after he doubled. Consecutive singles by Jason Heyward and Joe Mather set up a RBI single by Freddie Freeman in the seventh, which was followed by a sac fly RBI by Hernandez.

Heyward picked up a hard-hit double and single in three trips. Hernandez had a single and RBI. Schafer's RBI single was his only hit.

Nate McLouth went 1-2 with a single and hit by pitch. Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla were hitless in the middle of the order.

Tommy Hanson gave up a two-out triple to Hunter Pence in the first, but he got Carlos Lee to strike out to end the inning. He allowed a one-out single to Brian Bogusevic in the second but picked him off. Hanson finished with two scoreless innings on two hits, no walks and one strikeout.

Eric O'Flaherty picked up three straight groundouts in a perfect third. Jonny Venters gave up a two-out walk to Lee in the fourth but pitched around it. Stephen Marek pitched a quick and perfect fifth.

Michael Broadway pitched a perfect sixth, but he ran into a little trouble in the seventh, allowing a single to Lee and hitting Bill Hall. But he picked up two straight outs against minor leaguers to end the threat. Jairo Asencio pitched two perfect innings and looked good doing it, striking out two with no walks.

Not much to report on a slow day offensively. Hernandez put together a couple good at bats against legit pitchers.

Marek and Asencio both looked good in their outings, which is not surprising. Marek has every right to be in the Braves bullpen this season. I may be in the majority, but Asencio shouldn't be that far behind.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.