The Braves got the scoring started in the second when Joe Mather singled home a run with two outs. However, the Angels answered in the fourth with a two-run homer by Torii Hunter to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Angels added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh on an RBI groundout by Alexi Amarista and RBI double by Bobby Abreu.
The two starters dueled over six innings. Derek Lowe allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, walking five and striking out five. He recorded a good whiff rate and kept the hits to a minimum, but he also walked five and gave up two big extra base hits that resulted in three runs.
Tyler Chatwood gave up one run on five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out six. He was more efficient than Lowe, throwing 10 more strikes over one more pitch while walking just two and allowing the same number of hits.
Behind Lowe, George Sherrill gave up a run while recording just one out as he allowed the RBI double to Abreu. Scott Proctor left Abreu on base with two quick outs in the seventh. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless eighth.
Behind Chatwood, Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless ninth.
Mather went 1-2 with a RBI and walk, going 6-9 with a homer and five RBIs in his last two games. Freddie Freeman went 2-3 with a double and scored. The Braves had just five hits and two walks.
Hunter went 2-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs. Abreu went 1-3 with a double and RBI. Amarista added the other RBI. Maicer Izturis added two singles.