Atlanta Braves Defeat Dodgers, Lowe Beats Former Teammates

Kevin MarkumCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

ATLANTA - AUGUST 01:  Starting pitcher Dererk Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Derek Lowe did today, what he was signed this past offseason to do for the Atlanta Braves. Win the big games.

Yes, this is a regular season game.  However, the Dodgers are a good baseball team.  I could make a solid argument why they are the best team in the National League.

The Braves dropped the first game of the series last night, but avoided the sweep today while setting themselves up to take the series on Sunday night.

One thing to note from Saturday's matchup against the Dodgers was that the Braves new (and old) firstbasemen, Adam LaRoche made his first appearance in his second stint with the Braves.

LaRoche went 2-for-3 and scored the game-tying run in the Bottom of the 6th off of a Diory Hernandez single.

However, I feel the player of the game was Chipper Jones.  He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  While having a down year, Chipper is still the team MVP and he played that way tonight.

Another positive note to take from today's game is how the bullpen stood up to the Dodgers with a one-run lead.  Moylan, O'Flaherty, Gonzalez, and Soriano combined to pitch three shut-out innings in relief to save the game for Derek Lowe's 11th win on the season.

I'm very interested to see how Sunday night's matchup goes between the young studs of each team's rotation.  Jair Jurrjens (9-7; 2.69 ERA) faces Chad Billingsley (10-6; 3.96 ERA) tomorrow when the Braves try and take the series against the tough Dodgers.