Atlanta Braves 6, Houston Astros 4
Regular Season Game 36
Played on Sunday, May 21, 1978 (D) at Astrodome

ATL N    1  0  0    4  0  1    0  0  0  -   6  8  0
HOU N    0  1  0    0  0  0    0  3  0  -   4 14  2
Atlanta Braves               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Royster 2b                    4   1   1   2       1   0       1   7
Asselstine cf,rf              4   0   2   0       1   0       2   0
Matthews rf                   1   1   1   2       1   0       0   0
  Office cf                   1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Burroughs lf                  5   0   0   0       0   2       1   0
  Bonnell lf                  0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Pocoroba c                    4   0   0   0       0   1       6   0
Murphy 1b                     4   1   2   0       0   0      11   1
Chaney ss                     4   1   1   0       0   0       4   2
Gilbreath 3b                  3   1   0   0       1   2       0   3
Niekro p                      3   1   1   1       0   0       0   1
  Devine p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Totals                       33   6   8   5       4   6      27  14

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Royster-Chaney, Royster-Chaney-Murphy.

BATTING - 
2B: Niekro (1,off Niekro).
3B: Royster (3,off Lemongello); Asselstine (2,off Lemongello).
HR: Matthews (5,1st inning off Lemongello 0 on 2 out).
SF: Niekro (1,off Lemongello); Matthews (1,off Niekro).
HBP: Matthews (1,by Lemongello).
GDP: Burroughs (5,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 7.

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Puhl cf                       5   0   2   0       0   0       6   0
Cabell 3b                     5   0   1   0       0   1       0   1
Cruz rf                       5   1   2   0       0   2       1   0
Watson 1b                     4   0   1   0       0   0       7   1
Walling lf                    4   2   2   0       0   0       2   0
Howe 2b                       4   1   3   2       0   1       2   2
Ferguson c                    4   0   3   2       0   1       7   0
Metzger ss                    3   0   0   0       1   0       1   5
Lemongello p                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Zamora p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sexton ph                   1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Niekro p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Alou ph                     1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Forsch p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Herrmann ph                 1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sambito p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Totals                       38   4  14   4       1   5      27   9

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Metzger-Howe-Watson.
E: Howe (5), Metzger (5).

BATTING - 
2B: Puhl (6,off Niekro); Howe 2 (13,off Niekro 2).
GDP: Cruz (3,off Devine).
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Walling (1,2nd base off Niekro/Pocoroba).

PITCHING
Atlanta Braves               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro W(4-6)                 7.1  12   4   4   1   5   0  33
Devine SV(2)                  1.2   2   0   0   0   0   0   6
Totals                        9    14   4   4   1   5   0  39


Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Lemongello L(3-5)             3.2   6   5   5   2   2   1  20
Zamora                        1.1   0   0   0   1   1   0   6
Niekro                        2     2   1   1   1   0   0   8
Forsch                        1     0   0   0   0   1   0   3
Sambito                       1     0   0   0   0   2   0   3
Totals                        9     8   6   6   4   6   1  40

HBP: Lemongello (1,Matthews).

Umpires: HP - Jerry Crawford, 1B - Doug Harvey, 2B - Andy Olsen, 3B - Jim Quick
Time of Game: 2:17   Attendance: 11715


Starting Lineups:

   Atlanta Braves                Houston Astros           
1. Royster             2b        Puhl                cf
2. Asselstine          cf        Cabell              3b
3. Matthews            rf        Cruz                rf
4. Burroughs           lf        Watson              1b
5. Pocoroba            c         Walling             lf
6. Murphy              1b        Howe                2b
7. Chaney              ss        Ferguson            c
8. Gilbreath           3b        Metzger             ss
9. Niekro              p         Lemongello          p

BRAVES 1ST: Royster grounded out (shortstop to first);
Asselstine flied out to center; Matthews homered; Burroughs
flied out to center; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 1, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl doubled; Cabell grounded out (shortstop to
first) [Puhl to third]; Cruz struck out; Watson grounded out
(third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 1, Astros 0.

BRAVES 2ND: Pocoroba flied out to center; Murphy singled; Chaney
flied out to left; Gilbreath flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Braves 1, Astros 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Walling singled; Walling stole second; Howe doubled
[Walling scored]; Ferguson struck out; Metzger walked;
Lemongello lined into a double play (second to shortstop) [Howe
out at second]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 1, Astros 1.

BRAVES 3RD: Niekro grounded out (third to first); Royster made
an out to catcher; Asselstine walked; Matthews was hit by a
pitch [Asselstine to second]; Burroughs struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Braves 1, Astros 1.

ASTROS 3RD: Puhl flied out to center; Cabell grounded out (third
to first); Cruz struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 1,
Astros 1.

BRAVES 4TH: Pocoroba struck out; Murphy singled; Chaney singled
[Murphy to third]; Gilbreath walked [Chaney to second]; Niekro
hit a sacrifice fly to left [Murphy scored, Chaney to third,
Gilbreath to second]; Royster tripled [Chaney scored, Gilbreath
scored, Royster scored (error by Howe) (no RBI)]; Asselstine
tripled; ZAMORA REPLACED LEMONGELLO (PITCHING); Matthews walked;
Burroughs made an out to second; 4 R, 4 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Braves
5, Astros 1.

ASTROS 4TH: Watson flied out to left; Walling grounded out
(second to first); Howe singled; Ferguson singled [Howe to
second]; Metzger grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E,
2 LOB.  Braves 5, Astros 1.

BRAVES 5TH: Pocoroba flied out to center; Murphy reached on an
error by Metzger [Murphy to first]; Chaney forced Murphy (first
to shortstop); Gilbreath struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. 
Braves 5, Astros 1.

ASTROS 5TH: SEXTON BATTED FOR ZAMORA; Sexton grounded out (third
to first); Puhl singled; Cabell struck out; Cruz singled [Puhl
to second]; Watson singled [Puhl out at home (second to
catcher), Cruz to second]; 0 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves 5,
Astros 1.

BRAVES 6TH: NIEKRO REPLACED SEXTON (PITCHING); Niekro doubled;
Royster walked; Asselstine singled [Niekro to third, Royster to
second]; Matthews hit a sacrifice fly to center [Niekro scored,
Royster to third]; Burroughs grounded into a double play
(shortstop to second to first) [Asselstine out at second]; 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 1.

ASTROS 6TH: OFFICE REPLACED MATTHEWS (PLAYING CF); ASSELSTINE
CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING RF); Walling made an out to first;
Howe struck out; Ferguson singled; Metzger grounded out (second
to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 1.

BRAVES 7TH: Pocoroba flied out to right; Murphy grounded out
(shortstop to first); Chaney grounded out (shortstop to first);
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 1.

ASTROS 7TH: ALOU BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Alou made an out to
shortstop; Puhl grounded out (second to first); Cabell made an
out to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 1.

BRAVES 8TH: FORSCH REPLACED ALOU (PITCHING); Gilbreath struck
out; Niekro grounded out (second to first); Royster grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 1.

ASTROS 8TH: Cruz singled; Watson flied out to right; Walling
singled [Cruz to second]; Howe doubled [Cruz scored, Walling to
third]; DEVINE REPLACED NIEKRO (PITCHING); Ferguson singled
[Walling scored, Howe scored]; Metzger grounded out (second to
first) [Ferguson to second]; HERRMANN BATTED FOR FORSCH;
Herrmann grounded out (first to pitcher); 3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Braves 6, Astros 4.

BRAVES 9TH: SAMBITO REPLACED HERRMANN (PITCHING); Asselstine
grounded out (pitcher unassisted); Office struck out; Burroughs
struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 4.

ASTROS 9TH: BONNELL REPLACED BURROUGHS (PLAYING LF); Puhl flied
out to left; Cabell singled; Cruz grounded into a double play
(second to shortstop to first) [Cabell out at second]; 0 R, 1 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 6, Astros 4.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Braves           6   8   0    7
 Astros           4  14   2    8


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