Chris Reitsma may have lost his closer's job as the Dodgers got off the deck to score 3 times before anyone was out in the 9th to win 6-4.
Smoltz pitched 7 innings; struggled early but settled in to pitch 7 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) with 7 hits, no walks, and 6 strikeouts. He should be cloned, so that he can save his own games. Farnsworth pitched a shaky but scoreless 9th around a leadoff double.
Chris Reitsma (3-4) came in to close the 9th. Double, single, walk, single. Blown save. Foster came in and allowed an inherited run. Finally Kolb got a forceout and a doubleplay to end it. He might be the Braves' best choice as closer right now. Blaine Boyer might be the most dependable reliever, but he's 23 and just got moved from the Double A rotation to the bullpen a few months ago. He does have a tough mentality. Then again, Reitsma just won the Rolaid's Relief Man for July, so maybe it's just an overreaction.
The Braves got 3 runs early, all on solo homers by Chipper, McCann, and Furcal in the first 2 innings. Kelly Johnson reached on a leadoff pinch-hit appearance for an error, was bunted to 2nd by Furcal, and Giles knocked him in for a 4-3 lead. It lasted until the 9th.
The Mets won, the Marlins lost, the Phillies and Nats were PPD. Braves lead by 4.5 games, and Washington had won 4 in a row going into today.
Tim Hudson against former Brave Odalis Perez.