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Braves take 3 of 4 from lowly Reds

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Thursday:-Braves 5, Reds 2 John Smoltz (6-5) pitched 8 innings and allowed only 2 runs to help the Braves stop a streak of 6 straight series of losing the opening game. Smoltz allowed just 4 hits, walked none, and struck out 9. Chris Reitsma pitched a scoreless 9th for his 5th save. Rafael Furcal and Marcus Giles hit solo homers. Giles was 2-3, walked twice, had the RBI on his homer, and scored a run. Julio Franco, Johnny Estrada, Brian Jordan, and Smoltz also had 2 hits. Friday:-Braves 10, Reds 5 Kelly Johnson and Andruw Jones each hit 2 home runs and helped the Braves win their 2nd straight game. Johnson had 6 RBI, and was 2-4 with 2 walks and scored twice. Andruw was 2-6 with 2 RBI and scored twice. Wilson Betemit was 3-5 with a homer, a walk, and scored twice. Rafael Furcal was 3-6 and scored twice. Horacio Ramirez (5-4) was the beneficiary of all this offense and picked up the win, going 6 innings and giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. Jim Brower, Blaine Boyer, and Chris Reitsma pitched scoreless innings to finish it out. Saturday:-Braves 6, Reds 1 Julio Franco became the oldest player to hit 2 home runs in a game as the Braves won their 3rd game in a row, and 4th out of the last 5. Franco was 2-4, scoring 2 runs and knocking in 3 runs. Andruw Jones was 2-4 and hit his NL-leading 19th homer. Marcus Giles and Johnny Estrada also had 2 hits. Jorge Sosa started and pitched 4.1 solid innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Adam Bernero (4-1), John Foster, Blaine Boyer, Jim Brower, and Chris Reitsma had scoreless appearances to finish the game. Sunday:-Reds 11, Braves 8 Dan KolBB and Adam Bernero combined to give up 4 runs in the last 2 innings as the Reds salvaged the last game of the series. Bernero (4-2) picked up the loss, giving up a go-ahead 3 run homer to Ken Griffey Jr. Kolb's ERA is 6.58, and Bernero's ERA is 5.45. Kyle Davies started, but was ineffective, not getting out of the 5th. He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. John Foster gave up a couple of homers. Kevin Gryboski was the only Brave pitcher to not give up a run, and he had to pitch around a triple. The offense kept up its hot hitting. Wilson Betemit hit his 4th homer, and was 2-5. Kelly Johnson was 2-4, walked twice, and had 2 RBI. Andruw Jones was 2-2, walked 3 times, had an RBI, and scored a run. Adam LaRoche was 2-5 with 2 RBI. The Braves head into an off-day tomorrow in 3rd place; 4 games behind the division leading Nationals, and 2 games out of the Wild Card lead. The Braves now return home to face the Marlins. On Tuesday, John Smoltz will take on AJ Burnett. Wednesday, Horacio Ramirez will face Brian Moehler. And on Thursday, Jorge Sosa will go against Marlins ace Dontrelle Willis.

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