Derek Lowe carried a no-hitter through six innings, but Shane Victorino broke it up in the seventh and Lowe left after putting two on with no outs. Eric O'Flaherty struck out the side to end the inning, preserving a 3-0 lead through seven innings.
Lowe retired 14 straight following a walk to Ben Francisco in the second inning before a leadoff single to Shane Victorino in the seventh. After putting runners on second and third with no outs following a Placido Polanco double, Eric O'Flaherty relieved an obviously hurt Lowe and promptly struck out the side of Ryan Howard, Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez, leaving the two in scoring position.
Lowe walked one with four strikeouts. He induced eight groundouts to five flyouts, throwing 97 pitches, 60 for strikes.
His counterpart, Cliff Lee, has set a career high with 16 strikeouts, but the three-run third inning has made the difference so far with a 3-0 lead for the Braves. He has allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings with one walk, which was to Lowe. He put two on with a walk and single in the seventh but held the Braves scoreless.
The Braves have three hits since the three-run third inning, which were a double by Brian McCann in the fifth and two singles by Lowe and Chipper Jones in the seventh. It was McCann's second double, which doubles his double total for the season to four (I'm hilarious).