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Braves down Astros in rubber match

Braves down Astros in rubber match

The Atlanta Braves pounded out 16 hits as they defeated the Houston Astros 9-7 Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

Atlanta won the game as a +105 underdog, while the 16 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (8).

Brian McCann went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in for the Braves. Derek Lowe improved to 14-9 with the win, allowing nine runs and five hits.

Lance Berkman belted a three-run homer for the Astros. Roy Oswalt gave up 10 hits and six runs in just two innings of work.