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2004 National League Division Series
October 11, 2004 Braves lose the National League Division Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.
  2004 National League Division Series
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves

October 6, Game 1 - Houston 9, Atlanta 3

Jason Wright faced Roger "future Hall-of-Famer" Clemens in game 1 and Houston continued a blazing hot performance from the regular season in the opening game of the post-season. Clemens pitched out of a few jams, but showed why, at 42, he should still be considered a great pitcher.

October 7, Game 2 - Houston 4, Atlanta 2

Roy Oswalt pitched for Houston and former Astro Mike Hampton pitched for the Braves. Hampton gave a solid performance over 6 1/3 innings, but left the game with a tightening left forearm. Going into the ninth with a 2-0 lead, it looked like the Astros would continue their 8 game win streak until the seventh, when the Braves tied the game thanks to a pinch hit double by Dwayne Wise and a hard grounder up the middle off the bat of Rafeal Furcal. The Braves won courtesy of a walk to Chipper Jones followed by a Johnny Estrada single. With Jones on 3rd base, Adam LaRoche belted a shot that bounced off the wall in left center and Jones easily scored.

October 9, Game 3 - Houston 8, Atlanta 5

Braves pitcher John Thomson is yanked after throwing 4 pitches, thanks to a reaggrevated sore muscle on his left side. Houston took advantage of reliever Paul Byrd, scoring four runs on four hits in four innings.

October 10, Game 4 - Atlanta 6, Houston 5

Breaking Houston's 19-game home winning streak the Atlanta Braves demonstrated why they should never be counted out. With a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the 5th and ace Roger Clemens on the mound, the Astros looked unbeatable. They weren't. Astros manager Phil Garner used Clemens with just 3 days rest in hopes of wrapping up the series early, but after Clemens left in the fifth, Braves batters pounded reliever Chad Qualls, who gave up two hits, then a home run to Adam LaRoche to tie the game. Russ Springer hit Rafael Furcal with a pitch in the top of the ninth. After stealing second, Furcal scored on a J. D. Drew single to center field.

October 11, Game 5 - Astos 12, Atlanta 3

Returning to Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves failed to capitalized on the hometown advantage, falling under the spell of the "Killer B's," Carlos Beltran, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. Biggio went 3 for 5, Bagwell homered, but it was Carlos Beltran's night. In five at bats He powered two home runs and drove in 5 runs in the rout of Braves pitching. It was the first playoff win for the Houston Astros.

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