Houston scored two runs in the second inning and the lead held up until the eighth, when the Braves scored three runs and held on for a 3-2 win.
Geoff Blum and Darin Erstad drove in the runs in the first for the Astros and Brandon Jones drove in two with his double and was driven in by Greg Norton. Erstad and Miguel Tejada had two hits for the Astros and Matt Diaz and Jordan Schafer had two hits for the Braves.
Derek Lowe started for the Braves and allowed four hits and two runs in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out six. Houston starter Jose Capellan pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed just four hits. He didn't walk anyone and he struck out four batters.
Relievers from both teams didn't allow any runs until Tim Byrdak gave up three runs in the eighth. Rafael Soriano, Jeff Bennett, Peter Moylan and Boone Logan all had scoreless innings for the Braves. Wesley Wright, Felipe Paulino and Danny Graves all held the Braves off the board for the Astros.
W - Peter Moylan (1-0)
L - Tim Byrdak (0-1)
S - Boone Logan (1)
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