Astros hope to buck trend

Astros hope to buck trend

Chris Burke is providing daily commentary to throughout his team's postseason run. Burke breaks down Houston's performance after its 7-3 win over Atlanta in Game 3.

We had a great game tonight. [Craig] Biggio set the tone early and often with three doubles, and Morgan [Ensberg] had a big night, which he's been making a habit of. [Jason] Lane had a big RBI in the seventh after [Mike] Lamb was intentionally walked to load the bases.

It was good to give Roy [Oswalt] seven runs. You give him seven runs and you have to like your chances.

It was a little bit of a downer to take a 2-0 lead and then see them come back to tie it. [Brian] McCann dropped one in just out of Lance [Berkman]'s reach and the pitcher gets a hit on a 3-2 count. That was a little deflating.

Lamb's home run gave us a lift, and really, after that, Roy really settled down nicely. They weren't able to do much off him after that. He was throwing 98 [mph] consistently, his curveball was sharp and he was throwing strikes with all of his pitches.

It would be great to clinch here on Sunday. It would give us a chance to rest the pitchers and set up our rotation the same way we did for this series. We lost Game 4 last year after going up, 2-1, and hopefully we can buck the trend this time.

The Braves have [Tim] Hudson going, who is tough. But we have [Brandon] Backe, and as he showed last year, he can definitely get up for the big games. It should be interesting.

Chris Burke's postseason diary appears as told to Alyson Footer, a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.