Atlanta Braves 6, Houston Astros 2
Regular Season Game 153
Played on Tuesday, September 21, 1976 (N) at Astrodome

ATL N    2  0  2    0  0  0    1  0  1  -   6  9  1
HOU N    0  0  0    0  0  0    2  0  0  -   2  9  1
Atlanta Braves               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Royster 3b                    3   2   0   0       2   0       1   2
Gilbreath 2b                  5   0   2   1       0   0       4   1
Montanez 1b                   4   2   1   0       1   1      11   0
May lf                        3   2   1   1       1   0       1   0
Wynn cf                       3   0   2   2       2   0       3   0
Paciorek rf                   4   0   2   1       0   0       1   0
Murphy c                      3   0   0   0       1   1       5   0
Chaney ss                     4   0   1   0       0   0       0   8
Niekro p                      4   0   0   0       0   0       0   3
Totals                       33   6   9   5       7   2      27* 14

* - Files missing details on 1 outs.
FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Chaney-Gilbreath-Montanez.
E: Gilbreath (15).
PB: Murphy 4 (5).

BATTING - 
3B: Gilbreath (8,off Rondon).
SF: May (2,off Sosa).
IBB: Montanez (10,by Sosa).
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Royster (23,2nd base off Rondon/Johnson); Wynn (16,2nd base off Rondon/Johnson).

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Taveras ss                    4   1   1   0       1   0       1   7
Cabell 3b                     5   0   0   1       0   1       3   3
Cedeno cf                     4   0   2   1       0   0       3   0
Watson 1b                     4   0   1   0       0   0      13   0
Cruz lf                       4   0   2   0       0   1       3   0
Johnson c                     4   0   0   0       0   1       3   0
Gross rf                      3   0   0   0       1   0       0   1
Metzger 2b                    4   1   1   0       0   1       1   3
Larson p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Howe ph                     1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Niekro p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Milbourne ph                1   0   1   0       0   0       0   0
  Rondon p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Roberts ph                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sosa p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Boswell ph                  1   0   1   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       36   2   9   2       2   5      27  16

FIELDING - 
E: Cruz (7).

BATTING - 
GDP: Gross (6,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 9.

PITCHING
Atlanta Braves               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro W(16-11)               9     9   2   2   2   5   0  38


Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Larson L(5-7)                 3     6   4   3   2   0   0  16
Niekro                        2     0   0   0   0   0   0   6
Rondon                        2     2   1   1   3   2   0  10
Sosa                          2     1   1   1   2   0   0   9
Totals                        9     9   6   5   7   2   0  41

WP: Larson (1).
IBB: Sosa (2,Montanez).

Umpires: HP - John Kibler, 1B - Art Williams, 2B - Jim Quick, 3B - Ed Montague
Time of Game: 2:04   Attendance: 3637


Starting Lineups:

   Atlanta Braves                Houston Astros           
1. Royster             3b        Taveras             ss
2. Gilbreath           2b        Cabell              3b
3. Montanez            1b        Cedeno              cf
4. May                 lf        Watson              1b
5. Wynn                cf        Cruz                lf
6. Paciorek            rf        Johnson             c
7. Murphy              c         Gross               rf
8. Chaney              ss        Metzger             2b
9. Niekro              p         Larson              p

BRAVES 1ST: Royster grounded out (pitcher to first); Gilbreath
grounded out (shortstop to first); Montanez singled to right;
Larson threw a wild pitch [Montanez to second]; May walked; Wynn
singled to center [Montanez scored, May to second]; Paciorek
singled to right [May scored, Wynn out at third (right to
third)]; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Taveras grounded out (third to first); Cabell made
an out to second; Cedeno singled to second; Murphy allowed a
passed ball [Cedeno to second]; Watson grounded out (shortstop
to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

BRAVES 2ND: Murphy walked; Chaney made an out to first; Niekro
grounded out (shortstop to first) [Murphy to second]; Royster
grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves
2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Cruz singled to left; Johnson flied out to center;
Cruz was picked off first (pitcher to first); Gross walked;
Murphy allowed a passed ball [Gross to second]; Metzger popped
to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2,
Astros 0.

BRAVES 3RD: Gilbreath singled to pitcher; Montanez forced
Gilbreath (second to shortstop); May singled to right [Montanez
to second]; Wynn singled to left [Montanez scored, May scored
(error by Cruz) (unearned) (no RBI)]; Paciorek flied out to
left; Murphy grounded out (shortstop to first); 2 R (1 ER), 3 H,
1 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 3RD: HOWE BATTED FOR LARSON; Howe struck out; Taveras
walked; Cabell grounded out (shortstop to first) [Taveras to
second]; Cedeno grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

BRAVES 4TH: NIEKRO REPLACED HOWE (PITCHING); Chaney grounded out
(second to first); Niekro grounded out (shortstop to first);
Royster grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
 Braves 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Watson grounded out (third to first); Cruz struck
out but advanced to first on a passed ball; Johnson forced Cruz
(shortstop to second); Gross reached on an error by Gilbreath
[Johnson to third, Gross to first]; Metzger struck out; 0 R, 0
H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

BRAVES 5TH: Gilbreath flied out to center; Montanez grounded out
(second to first); May popped to third in foul territory; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 5TH: MILBOURNE BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Milbourne singled to
left; Taveras forced Milbourne; Cabell lined to third; Cedeno
forced Taveras (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Braves 4, Astros 0.

BRAVES 6TH: RONDON REPLACED MILBOURNE (PITCHING); Wynn walked;
Paciorek singled to third [Wynn to second]; Murphy struck out;
Chaney popped to third in foul territory; Niekro flied out to
left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

ASTROS 6TH: Watson singled to third; Cruz singled to center
[Watson to second]; Johnson flied out to center; Gross grounded
into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Cruz out at
second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 4, Astros 0.

BRAVES 7TH: Royster walked; Royster stole second; Gilbreath
tripled [Royster scored]; Montanez struck out; May flied out to
center; Wynn walked; Wynn stole second; Gilbreath was out trying
to advance to home (pitcher to catcher); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Braves 5, Astros 0.

ASTROS 7TH: Metzger singled to center; ROBERTS BATTED FOR
RONDON; Murphy allowed a passed ball [Metzger to second];
Roberts grounded out (pitcher to first); Taveras singled
[Metzger to third]; Cabell grounded out (shortstop to first)
[Metzger scored, Taveras to second]; Cedeno singled [Taveras
scored]; Watson grounded out (pitcher to first); 2 R, 3 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Braves 5, Astros 2.

BRAVES 8TH: SOSA REPLACED ROBERTS (PITCHING); Paciorek flied out
to left; Murphy grounded out (third to first); Chaney singled to
left; Niekro grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Braves 5, Astros 2.

ASTROS 8TH: Cruz grounded out (shortstop to first); Johnson
struck out; Gross flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Braves 5, Astros 2.

BRAVES 9TH: Royster walked; Gilbreath grounded out (third to
first) [Royster to third]; Montanez was walked intentionally;
May hit a sacrifice fly to center [Royster scored]; Wynn forced
Montanez (shortstop to second); 1 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 6,
Astros 2.

ASTROS 9TH: Metzger flied out to center; BOSWELL BATTED FOR
SOSA; Boswell singled to right; Taveras flied out to right;
Cabell struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Braves           6   9   1    8
 Astros           2   9   1    9


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