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Sampson digs early hole
Braves 12, Astros 4
Chris Sampson allowed nine hits and a pair of homers on Tuesday. (Gregory Smith/AP)
 Biggio's two-run double
Chris Sampson lasted just four innings, allowing five runs before his departure, but Craig Biggio's two-run double in the fifth inning brought the Astros within a run. The comeback ended there though, as the Astros dropped the opener.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (46-60)
Lost 2
Atlanta 12, Houston 4   ATL
Atlanta (56-51)
Won 2
July 31, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0   4 6 3
Atlanta
0 2 1 2 0 1 4 2 X   12 15 1
Standings thru 7/31/07  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Braves Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B4012010.248
Loretta, 1B4000011.290
Berkman, RF4111001.259
Lee, LF4000001.295
Wigginton, 3B4020010.279
  Moehler, P0000000.250
Lane, CF4000022.162
Bruntlett, SS2100201.275
Munson, C4110001.300
Sampson, P1000010.154
  a-Burke, PH1111000.227
  McLemore, P0000000.000
  b-Palmeiro, PH1000000.247
  Albers, P0000000.182
  Lamb, 3B0000000.299
Totals33464267 

a-Singled for Sampson in the 5th. b-Grounded out for McLemore in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Wigginton (22, James), Biggio (25, James).
HR: Berkman (17, 1st inning off James, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Biggio 2; Berkman 4; Wigginton 3; Munson; Burke.
RBI: Berkman (66), Burke (15), Biggio 2 (38).
2-out RBI: Berkman.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Munson; Lane; Lee.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Wigginton (2, 2nd base off James/McCann).

FIELDING
E: Bruntlett 3 (5, throw, throw, fielding).
Outfield assists: Berkman (Jones, C at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Berkman-Munson-Bruntlett, Biggio-Bruntlett-Loretta).

 
AtlantaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Harris, LF5010001.323
Renteria, SS5330002.337
Jones, C, 3B4110112.340
Jones, A, CF3201110.215
McCann, C4124000.266
Francoeur, RF5331013.300
Johnson, 2B4245000.295
Franco, 1B3011001.221
James, P2000001.162
  Moylan, P0000000.000
  a-Diaz, PH1000011.339
  Yates, P0000000.000
  b-Escobar, PH1000001.314
  Soriano, P0000000.000
  Ascanio, P0000000.000
Totals371215122412 

a-Struck out for Moylan in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Yates in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: McCann (26, Moehler).
HR: McCann (12, 2nd inning off Sampson, 0 on, 1 out), Johnson 2 (12, 4th inning off Sampson, 1 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Albers, 2 on, 2 out), Francoeur (12, 6th inning off McLemore, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Harris; Renteria 3; Jones, C; McCann 6; Francoeur 6; Johnson 10; Franco.
RBI: McCann 4 (63), Franco (15), Jones, A (69), Johnson 5 (55), Francoeur (69).
2-out RBI: Johnson 3; McCann 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Renteria; Harris; Francoeur.
SF: Franco; Jones, A; McCann.
GIDP: Jones, C.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Johnson (9, fielding).
Outfield assists: Francoeur (Bruntlett at home).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sampson (L, 7-8)4.09550024.53
McLemore 2.02110216.52
Albers 1.03442015.57
Moehler 1.01200205.80
 
AtlantaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James (W, 9-8)5.06441313.70
Moylan (H, 4)1.00001102.01
Yates (H, 10)1.00000105.16
Soriano 1.00000003.45
Ascanio 1.00000101.29

Pitches-strikes: Sampson 76-45, McLemore 29-19, Albers 31-15, Moehler 21-15, James 82-54, Moylan 14-7, Yates 7-6, Soriano 12-9, Ascanio 12-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sampson 4-7, McLemore 1-3, Albers 1-2, Moehler 0-1, James 5-7, Moylan 1-0, Yates 2-0, Soriano 0-3, Ascanio 0-2.
Batters faced: Sampson 20, McLemore 8, Albers 8, Moehler 6, James 22, Moylan 4, Yates 3, Soriano 3, Ascanio 3.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Paul Nauert. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: Charlie Reliford.
Weather: 86 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 2:41.
Att: 32,315.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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