John Smoltz is pitching himself into contention for the Cy Young Award.
Smoltz (12-6, 3.36) went 8 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 7. Wickman pitched a scoreless 9th to finish the game.
The Braves scored 4 runs in the first inning, including a 2 run double by McCann. They loaded the bases in each of the first 3 innings, and coasted from there.
Offensive contributors: Everyone in the starting lineup reached base at least once. Giles had 3 hits, and Chipper and LaRoche each had 2. Chipper hit his 20th homer.
If you haven't heard, the Braves called up Lance Cormier to replace Danys Baez, who went on the DL with appendicitis.
Villarreal against Billy Traber tomorrow in the rubber game of the series.