Pitcher Clubs Game-Winner in a Pinch

Houston nips Atlanta as Jennings makes the difference in 14th
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Aug 3, 2007 6:18 AM CDT
Houston Astros Jason Lane (16) celebrates with pitcher Jason Jennings (23) after the Astros' 12-11 win over the Atlanta Braves in 14 innings in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Atlanta. Lane...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Beleaguered Astros starter Jason Jennings came through as a pinch-hitter last night, driving in Jason Lane in the top of the 14th to down the Braves. Houston pitchers had tried mightily to give the game away: Woody Williams allowed seven runs in five frames, and closer Brad Lidge blew a save on a two-run homer in the 12th.

In the past four games, the Astros' staff has been particularly woeful, allowing 53 runs in three losses; starters have had an ERA above 20. Probably the worst performances came from—yes, Jennings. He was shelled for 11 runs in the first inning of his last start and gave up another run in his first relief appearance 2 days ago.