The Braves rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to salvage the last game of the series against the Padres.
Smoltz shut out the Padres through the first 6 innings. Unfortunately, the Braves were also getting shut down. The only run they could get was a 2 out RBI triple by Smoltz himself.
But Smoltz ran out of gas in the 7th. With a 1-0 lead, he gave up a leadoff double. He got to 3rd and another runner got to second, and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney knocked them in. Smoltz finished the inning. He went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Another game he's pitched that was good enough to win, but he got another no-decision.
Sosa (8-2) pitched a scoreless 8th.
Marcus Giles led off the 8th with a single. Chipper doubled and Marcus went to 3rd. Andruw hit a groundball on which the shortstop made an error on, and a run scored to tie it. Francoeur drew his first major league walk in intentional fashion. Langerhans then grounded to first, but the first baseman threw it away when nobody was covering home plate. That made it 4-2, and McCann hit a sac fly and Franco hit an RBI single to knock in the other runs.
Farnsworth shut the door in the 9th although it wasn't a save situation.
Offensive contributors: Ryan Langerhans was 2-4 with an RBI and scored. Marcus Giles was 2-4 and scored. Chipper Jones was 1-3 with a walk and scored. Rafael Furcal was 1-4 with a walk. John Smoltz was 1-2 with an RBI triple.
Everyone except for the Mets won. The lead remains at 3.5 games.
Tim Hudson will pitch against Carlos Zambrano tomorrow.