The Astros get the scoring started in the 3rd as Perez walks Reynolds, NIekro singles, walling smacks a 2-out single into center and Reynolds scores for a 1-0 Astros lead. The Braves would take the lead in the 4th. With the bases loaded Niekro throws a 1-1 slider to Chambliss and he tattoos it in the the right-field seats for a grand slam and now the Braves lead it 4-1.
The Astros would slowly chip away at that lead adding runs in the 5th and 6th innings. In the 5th they would get 1 as Niekro singles and advances to 2nd on a Puhl ground-out to first. Walling doubles and Niekro scores to make it 4-2. They would add another in the 6th Davis gets on due to a 2BE on Washington, Reynolds then singles with 2 outs and that scores Davis to make it 4-3.
The Astros take the for good in the 7th as the would score 3 runs due to two home runs. Doran leads off the inning with his 2nd homer of the season to tie it at 4. Then Cruz would hit a Perez Fastball into the seats for a 2 run homer his 1st of the year and its now 6-4 Astros.
The Braves try an mount a comeback but the Astros hold them off. In the 8th the Braves get 1. Komminsk get a lead-off walk, Murphy follows with a single and Komminsk goes to 3rd. Horner then bounces into a 6-4-3 double play and Komminsk scores but the Braves rally is halted.
The Astros get 1 more in the 9th when Cruz singles an error on Ramirez allows Davis to reach. Reynolds then bloops a single and Cruz scores to make it 7-5. Smith finishes up the 9th to get his 4th save.
The Final Score 7-5 Astros