ATLANTA -- Introduce yourself Nick Green. In fact, go ahead and take another bow. You're officially the new hero for that beloved team in your hometown.
Green's shy personality indicates that he wouldn't mind remaining in relative obscurity. But if he keeps this up, he's got no chance of walking two blocks down Peachtree Street without being recognized.
On a Tuesday evening at Turner Field that had doom and gloom written all over it, Green delivered a two-out, game-tying three-run homer that enabled J.D. Drew to follow with one of the walk-off variety in the Braves' 7-6 inspirational victory over the Expos.
"Everybody is talking about how well Nick Green is swinging the bat," Drew said. "I think you've got to look at his approach. He's got a great approach at the plate and that's what it takes to be successful in the big leagues."
Of course drilling the first two homers of your career in crucial two-out situations doesn't hurt your status in the Majors either. Green's first homer proved to be the game-winner on Monday afternoon against the Expos, who have lost 10 of their past 12 games.
Nick Green / 2B
Weight: 180 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
"I think this was bigger, because we were down and we hadn't played very well all night," said Green, who was raised and still lives approximately 20 minutes north of Turner Field. "Now we've got a chance to sweep these guys."
When the Atlanta boys, who are over .500 for the first time since May 4, entered the ninth inning, it seemed to be a very slim possibility that they'd have a chance to earn a sweep of the Expos on Wednesday night.
But that was before the Expos, who came into the game with the fewest errors in the Majors began looking like the Braves, who claimed this victory despite committing three errors that led to three unearned runs.
A Tony Batista error and Jose Vidro's inability to catch an Eli Marrero popup in shallow right field set the stage for Green, who has been an invaluable replacement since coming up from Triple-A Richmond and filling in for the injured Marcus Giles over the past three weeks.
"I just wanted to do something, so that we could get J.D. and Johnny Estrada up there," said Green, who drilled a Rocky Biddle fastball into the left-field seats to create a buzz that was only heightened moments later.
Drew drilled the first pitch he saw from Biddle just over the right-center-field fence, into the Braves bullpen to give him the second walk-off homer of his career. Ironically, his other one came in 2002 off the Astros' Ricky Stone, who also allowed the Braves' only other walk-off homer this year to Andruw Jones on May 8.
J.D. Drew / RF
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
"That was a big one there," said Drew, who also went back-to-back with Chipper Jones earlier this year. "You're not looking to hit a home run. I hit it good and was just hoping it got out. It had just enough."
But it didn't exactly provide Green enough time to further perfect his ability to answer a curtain call. After hitting his first career homer on Monday, he was prompted to answer the fan's request and he simply provided a quick, shy wave from the first step of the dugout.
"I didn't even have time on this one," a smiling Green said. "I was just walking through the dugout and saw Johnny (Estrada) jump the (dugout) fence. Then I saw everybody running on the field."
Even the usually reserved Drew was outwardly emotional after this one. When he came to the plate to meet his rejoicing teammates, he took a hop and landed on the plate.
But Drew and the Braves had good reason to celebrate. They scored four runs with two outs in the ninth to brighten spirits that had been soured when Chipper Jones rejoined the list of injured Braves in the fourth inning.
Jones aggravated the right hamstring injury, which forced him to the disabled list earlier this year, while running to first base. He's listed as day-to-day and because there is no structural damage he believes he could possibly return within a week.
"It was a great ending to what was a bad evening for me," Jones said. "We picked a good time to keep some timely hits in the late innings and win a game we didn't play real well."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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