Marcus Giles extended his hitting streak in dramatic fashion with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 12th as the Braves outlasted the Giants, 5-4.
John Smoltz started and was nails for the first 7 innings, shutting out the San Francisco hitters. He gave up a run in the 8th, and started the 9th with a 4-1 lead.
He gave up a single and a double to lead off the inning. Evidently Dusty Baker was guest managing, and Smoltz was left in to give up those 2 runs and let another runner get on base. Chris Reitsma finally came in and blew a tough save, allowing a hit and a groundout to give up the tying run, but preserved a tie. Dan Kolb pitched a perfect 10th, and Blaine Boyer (1-1) pitched 2 scoreless innings before the bottom of the 12th.
It looked like Andruw Jones was going to be the hero as his 3 RBIs on 2 homers was the difference in the game going into the 9th. He now has a career-high 37 home runs and extended his league lead in that category. He is also among the league leaders with 90 RBIs.
Wilson Betemit started the 12th inning with a leadoff walk. 2 outs later, Kelly Johnson also walked. Giles singled in the hole between shortstop and 3rd base and Betemit scored ahead of the throw from left field.
Offensive contributors: Andruw Jones was 2-5 with 2 homers, 3 RBIs, and scored 2 runs. Adam LaRoche was 3-5 and scored. Kelly Johnson was 1-5 with a walk. Rafael Furcal and John Smoltz both walked twice. Jeff Francoeur was 1-5 with an RBI as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Marcus Giles was 1-5 with a walk, and RBI, scored, and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Washington is losing late, the Marlins won, the Mets are winning, and the Phillies game is in doubt. With a gNats loss, Atlanta would extend the division lead to 6.5 games.
Tim Hudson will pitch against Jason Schmidt tomorrow night.