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Andruw Jones saved the day by hitting a walk-off homer to win the Braves a game they should have easily won.
Smoltz started, and didn't have his best stuff. He went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. Boyer (who should be the 8th inning set-up man) pitched a scoreless 6th.
But Brower, who had just been recalled from Richmond, came in and was awful. He allowed 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning on 2 hits, a walk, and hit a batter and struck out 2 hitters in between. Macay McBride and Dan Kolb came in and allowed inherited runs to score before finally escaping. Kyle Davies (7-3) restored order by pitching 3 scoreless innings.
The Braves jumped out to a 7-1 primarily because of a Chipper Jones 2 run homer and a Jeff Francoeur 3 run shot. It was 7-3 when Smoltz left the game. The Brower/McBride/Kolb combination allowed the game to be tied and to go into extra innings before Andruw homered.
Offensive contributors: Rafael Furcal was 3-3 with a walk and scored 2 runs. Chipper Jones was 1-4 with his 14th homer, walked, had 2 RBIs, and scored twice. Marcus Giles was 1-4 with a walk and scored. Brian McCann was 1-2 with a couple of walks. Andruw Jones was only 1-5, but hit his MLB-leading 44th homer which was the game-winner. Jeff Francoeur was only 1-4, but had a 3 run homer, his 11th.
Phillies won, the Marlins were idle, and the Mets lost in addition to Washington. The Braves maintained their 4 game lead over the Phillies.
Julio Franco was back in the lineup tonight.
The Braves recalled Brower, Davies, Brayan Pena, and Andy Marte from Richmond; and activated Brian Jordan from the DL. Eddie Perez has been placed on the 60 day DL, ending his season.
Tim Hudson will start tomorrow against Eric Milton.