W: Yovani Gallardo (9-7)
L: Tommy Hanson (5-1) - first major league loss
MVP: Yovani Gallardo (+.492)
LVP: Jason Kendall (-.092)
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SB Nation Coverage
Yovani Gallardo just about won this game himself, by WPA and in the action on the field. Not only did he keep the Braves scoreless for 7 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits and four walks, but he drove in the game-winning run on a chopper over a bunt-expecting Chipper Jones in the fifth inning. An excuse-me swinging bunt by Craig Counsell drove in another run that inning to put the Crew up 2-0. Though he was out at first on the play, Counsell rapped out two other hits tonight to improve to 15 for 32 with four doubles and a homer in his last eight games.
In the eighth inning, Braves lefty Eric O'Flaherty struck out Prince Fielder before walking the bases loaded. Jason Kendall's fly to left was too short to score the run, but Casey McGehee, pinch-hitting for Todd Coffey, followed with a two-run single to left. Mitch Stetter pitched a perfect ninth to even the series at one.