ASTROS SMACK BRAVESThe Houston Astros rolled into Atlanta atop the National League West and promptly took two of the three games against the Atlanta Braves.
GAME 1: ASTROS 6 BRAVES 0
WP: FORSCH (4-1)
LP: McWilliams (0-3)
Ken Forsch pitched a 5 hit, nine inning complete game in earning his fourth win of the year as the Astros blanked the road weary Braves 6-0. Enos
Cabell led the Astros attack with 2 hits, including his first home run and 2 RBI.
The Braves, who never threatened, were led by Chris Chambliss' 2 hits.
GAME 2: ASTROS 6 BRAVES 1
WP: RICHARDS (4-1)
LP: MATULA (4-2)
The strong Houston pitching continued in game two as J.R. Richards pitched a complete game allowing one run on seven hits while striking out 11 Braves.
The Houston offense which scored 3 runs in the 3rd and 3 more in the 6th was led by Terry Puhl with 2 hits and 3 RBI and Craig
Reynolds with 3 hits and 2 RBI. Both Puhl (1) and Reynolds (2) tagged Braves starter, Rick Matula for home runs. J.R Richards (1) also homered for the Astros.
The Braves lone run scored on a Brian Asselstine sac fly in the 5th inning.
GAME 3: BRAVES 7 ASTROS 1
WP: P. NIEKRO (5-1)
LP: J. NIEKRO (2-4)
Game three featured the battle of the Niekros. The Atlanta bats came alive as they scored 7 runs on 12 hits in making a winner of brother Phil. In earning
his 5th victory of the year, Phil limited the Astros to 1 run on 6 hits while
striking out 8.
The Braves offense was led by Jeff Burroughs and Bruce
Benedict with 3 hits apiece. Burroughs also hit his 4th home run of the year and added 3 RBI.