Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Regular Season Game 3
Played on Sunday, April 8, 1979 (D) at Astrodome

ATL N    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   0  5  1
HOU N    2  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  x  -   2  7  0
Atlanta Braves               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Royster 3b                    4   0   2   0       0   1       0   3
Hubbard 2b                    4   0   1   0       0   2       1   1
Matthews rf                   4   0   0   0       0   0       3   0
Burroughs lf                  4   0   0   0       0   2       1   0
Lum 1b                        3   0   0   0       0   0       8   0
Murphy c                      3   0   1   0       0   1       4   4
Bonnell cf                    3   0   1   0       0   0       3   0
Frias ss                      2   0   0   0       0   0       3   1
  Beall ph                    1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Chaney ss                   0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Matula p                      2   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Nolan ph                    1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Garber p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       31   0   5   0       0   7      24  10

FIELDING - 
E: Hubbard (1).

BATTING - 
GDP: Bonnell (1,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Royster (1,2nd base off Niekro/Ashby).

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Puhl rf                       4   1   1   0       0   1       5   0
Reynolds ss                   4   0   1   0       0   0       0   2
Cedeno cf                     4   1   2   1       0   1       4   0
Cruz lf                       3   0   1   1       0   0       0   0
Cabell 3b                     3   0   0   0       0   1       1   0
Watson 1b                     3   0   0   0       0   0       5   0
  Landestoy 2b                0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Howe 2b,1b                    3   0   0   0       0   1       5   3
Ashby c                       3   0   2   0       0   0       6   1
Niekro p                      3   0   0   0       0   0       1   2
Totals                       30   2   7   2       0   4      27   9

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Reynolds-Howe-Watson.

BATTING - 
2B: Cedeno (2,off Matula).
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Cruz 2 (3,2nd base off Matula/Murphy 2).
CS: Cedeno (1,2nd base by Matula/Murphy); Reynolds (1,2nd base by Garber/Murphy).

PITCHING
Atlanta Braves               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Matula L(0-1)                 7     6   2   2   0   3   0  27
Garber                        1     1   0   0   0   1   0   3
Totals                        8     7   2   2   0   4   0  30


Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro W(1-0)                 9     5   0   0   0   7   0  31


Umpires: HP - Steve Fields, 1B - Jim Rains, 2B - Bob Schroeder, 3B - Murray Strey
Time of Game: 2:00   Attendance: 16501


Starting Lineups:

   Atlanta Braves                Houston Astros           
1. Royster             3b        Puhl                rf
2. Hubbard             2b        Reynolds            ss
3. Matthews            rf        Cedeno              cf
4. Burroughs           lf        Cruz                lf
5. Lum                 1b        Cabell              3b
6. Murphy              c         Watson              1b
7. Bonnell             cf        Howe                2b
8. Frias               ss        Ashby               c
9. Matula              p         Niekro              p

BRAVES 1ST: ump1b,rainj901 ump2b,schrb901 ump3b,strem901
timeofgame,120 attendance,16501; Royster singled to
right; Debut game for Rick Matula; Royster stole second;
Hubbard struck out; Matthews flied out to right; Burroughs was
called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl singled to center; Reynolds grounded out (first
unassisted) [Puhl to second]; Cedeno doubled to left [Puhl
scored]; Cruz singled to center [Cedeno scored]; Cruz stole
second; Cabell grounded out (third to first); Watson flied out
to left; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

BRAVES 2ND: Lum flied out to center; Murphy singled to right;
Bonnell grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to
first) [Murphy out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

ASTROS 2ND: Howe struck out; Ashby singled to right; Niekro
forced Ashby (catcher to shortstop); Puhl flied out to center; 0
R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

BRAVES 3RD: Frias flied out to right; Matula grounded out (first
unassisted); Royster singled to center; Hubbard struck out; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

ASTROS 3RD: Reynolds grounded out (catcher to first); Cedeno
struck out; Cruz reached on an error by Hubbard; Cruz stole
second; Cabell struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

BRAVES 4TH: Matthews flied out to right; Burroughs flied out to
right; Lum grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
 Braves 0, Astros 2.

ASTROS 4TH: Watson grounded out (shortstop to first); Howe
grounded out (third to first); Ashby singled to right; Niekro
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

BRAVES 5TH: Murphy struck out; Bonnell singled to center; Frias
forced Bonnell (pitcher to second); Matula grounded out (pitcher
to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

ASTROS 5TH: Puhl made an out to shortstop; Reynolds flied out to
right; Cedeno singled to third; Cedeno was caught stealing
second (catcher to shortstop); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

BRAVES 6TH: Royster struck out (catcher to first); Hubbard
singled to center; Matthews flied out to center; Burroughs
struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

ASTROS 6TH: Cruz grounded out (pitcher to first); Cabell
grounded out (third to first); Watson flied out to center; 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

BRAVES 7TH: Lum flied out to center; Murphy flied out to right;
Bonnell flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

ASTROS 7TH: Howe flied out to center; Ashby lined to second;
Niekro flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0,
Astros 2.

BRAVES 8TH: LANDESTOY REPLACED WATSON (PLAYING 2B); HOWE CHANGED
POSITIONS (PLAYING 1B); BEALL BATTED FOR FRIAS; Beall grounded
out (first to pitcher); NOLAN BATTED FOR MATULA; Nolan struck
out; Royster made an out to first; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves
0, Astros 2.

ASTROS 8TH: GARBER REPLACED NOLAN (PITCHING); CHANEY REPLACED
BEALL (PLAYING SS); Puhl struck out; Reynolds singled to
pitcher; Reynolds was caught stealing second (catcher to
shortstop); Cedeno flied out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Braves 0, Astros 2.

BRAVES 9TH: Hubbard lined to third; Matthews grounded out
(shortstop to first); Burroughs grounded out (second to first);
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 0, Astros 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Braves           0   5   1    4
 Astros           2   7   0    4


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