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Braves 6, Reds 4

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After leaving infinity runners on base through the first 7 innings, the Braves rallied in the 8th to win. Andruw hit a 2 run homer in the first to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead. But Smoltz didn't have his best start. He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, a homer, 3 walks, and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Griffey hit a solo homer in the first and the Reds scored 3 runs in the 3rd. The Braves, meanwhile, kept squandering opportunities, especially after Lohse left in the 6th. The Braves loaded the bases in both the 6th and the 7th innings but couldn't score. The 6th inning was particularly egregious. Aybar led off with a single, and Marcus followed with an apparent single to right with Aybar getting to 3rd with no outs. But the Reds appealed that Aybar missed 2nd base and the umpires agreed, calling Aybar out for missing the base. It looked like it could cost the Braves the game after Renteria and Andruw walked, and McCann popped out and Francoeur grounded out to leave them loaded with no runs. But in the 8th, Andruw and McCann led off with back to back singles. Francoeur, instead of his usual pop-up/strikeout routine, lined a triple into the right field corner that tied the game. LaRoche then hit a sac fly to give the Braves a 5-4 lead. Diaz hit a solo homer for an insurance run. McBride (3-1, 3.96) pitched a perfect 7th, Baez pitched a perfect 8th, and Wickman pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Offensive contributors: Andruw Jones was 3-4 with his 26th homer, walked, had 2 RBIs, and scored twice. Matt Diaz was 2-2 with his 4th homer. Brian McCann was 2-5 and scored. Edgar Renteria was 1-4, walked, and scored. Marcus Giles walked twice. The Braves now go home to face the Phillies. Ramirez will rematch against Brett Myers.
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