John Smoltz dominated the Pirates and the game lasted less than 2 hours.
Smoltz (11-6, 3.46) went 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 10. Wickman pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.
The Braves got just enough offense to win. Martin Prado, just called up from the minors, got the start at 2nd base and hit a 2 run double in the 5th inning. Prado adds another middle infielder to the team right now, with Giles day-to-day. Cormier was sent down to make room for Prado.
Offensive contributors: Martin Prado was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Jeff Francoeur was 2-3 with a double.
Villarreal against Shawn Chacon tomorrow.