John Smoltz had his roughest outing since Opening Day and Mark Mulder shut down the Bravesí offense as the Cardinals roughed up the Braves, 11-3.
Smoltz went 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 6 batters. He gave up home runs to the Cardinalsí only true offensive threats right now, Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. Jim Brower pitched the 7th and gave up a solo homer to So Taguchi. Macay McBride had a really rough outing in the 9th, giving up 5 runs in the 9th to make the score look really bad.
The Cardinals jumped out in front in the 1st on Pujolsí 2 run homer.
The Braves cut it to 2-1 in the top of the 4th, but Edmonds answered in the bottom of the 4th with his solo homer to make it 3-1.
The Cardinals scored 2 more in the 6th on a 2 out RBI single by Abraham Nunez to make it 5-1. Taguchi homered in the 7th to make it 6-1.
Then they got 5 in the 9th off of McBride to make it 11-1.
Marcus Giles hit a 2 run 2 out double in the 9th to cut it to 11-3.
The Bravesí offense jumped on a lot of first pitches from Mulder, and most of them werenít strikes and were pitches almost in the dirt. It was really frustrating to watch.
But the pitching was atrocious.
Offensive contributors: Marcus Giles was 2-5 with a double and 2 RBIs. Jeff Francoeur was 2-5 with a double and scored. Wilson Betemit was 2-4 with an RBI. Andruw Jones was 1-3 with a walk. Rafael Furcal was 1-4 with a walk and scored. Kelly Johnson walked twice. Pete Orr had a pinch-hit single and scored.
The Nationals and Phillies lost. The Marlins and Mets won.
Tim Hudson will pitch against former Braves pitcher Jason Marquis tomorrow night.