Astros beat up Braves' bullpen

ATLANTA --- Houston's bullpen picked up the Astros' starting pitchers in two weekend wins over the Braves. Now the relievers might have to find a way to pick up one of their own.


Michael Bourn had three hits, including a seventh-inning single to drive in the go-ahead run, as the Astros beat the Braves 7-5 on Sunday and won a series in Atlanta for the first time in five years.

The bullpen gave up one run in eight innings after a rain delay in Saturday's 5-1 win, and six relievers allowed two runs in four innings Sunday.

"The bullpen kind of bailed us out," manager Cecil Cooper said. "What was it, 12 innings? That's pretty good."

Right-hander Doug Brocail left in the eighth after straining his left hamstring on a play at first base. The Astros might place Brocail on the disabled list to clear a spot for Brian Moehler, who is coming off the DL to start tonight at Washington.

"We think of it as one of us is down," said Geoff Geary (1-3), who gave up three hits and one run in 1q innings.

The Astros took two of three for their first series win at Turner Field since May 7-9, 2004. Houston has won two consecutive road series.

The Braves have lost four of six in an eight-game homestand that continues with a two-game series against the New York Mets.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said the struggles to drive in runs shows the team misses Brian McCann and Garret Anderson, who are on the DL.

Bourn's bunt single was the first of four consecutive hits for the Astros in a three-run sixth inning. He broke a 4-4 tie by driving in Geoff Blum with a single off Peter Moylan (1-2) in the seventh.

Jo-Jo Reyes gave up six hits and four runs with three walks in 5q innings and still hasn't won since June 18, 2008.



Livan Hernandez (1-1, 6.75) vs. Javier Vasquez (2-2, 3.38)

7 p.m. - PTV/CSS - Turner Field



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