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For the 3rd game in a row, the Braves rallied late two different times to win again. Chipper was the hero this time with a walk-off 3 run homer.
John Smoltz pitched 7 shutout innings, throwing 113 pitches to that point.
There is no reason he should have come back out to pitch the 8th with a 2-0 lead. The Braves left him in, and paid for it. 3 straight hits and the bases were loaded. Dan Uggla hit a sacrifice fly to cut it to 2-1. Smoltz then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera to load the bases, then finally was taken out.
Smoltz's final line was 7.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He threw an assinine total of 131 pitches, which will probably cost the Braves in Smoltz's next start when he has nothing, and in September when he runs out of steam. (I am very pissed about this.)
Mike Remlinger relieved Smoltz, and Mike Jacobs singled in knock in 2 runs and give the Marlins a 3-2 lead. Remlinger got the next 2 outs.
Ken Ray pitched a scoreless 9th.
Marlins killer Matt Diaz pinch-hit and hit a leadoff single to left field. Pete Orr pinch-ran. Giles bunted him to 2nd. Orr then stole 3rd. Renteria walked. Chipper then almost ended the game with a double play grounder, but beat out the throw (which was wild anyway) and Orr scored to tie it. Chipper then stole 2nd but Andruw grounded out to end the inning.
Chris Reitsma continued his recent good work with a scoreless 10th. He is relying on a nice mid-90s sinking fastball and has cut back on the number of off-speed pitches, so he's less predictable when he does throw it.
Oscar Villarreal (6-0) came on to pitch the 11th. He had another rough outing with lack of command. After a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt (on which the pinch-hitting pitcher almost walked), pinch-hitter Matt Treanor hit an RBI single to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.
Giles led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to left. Renteria walked after trying to bunt him over. Chipper then ended it with a long homer to deep right-center.
Offensive contributors: Chipper Jones was 3-5 with his 3rd homer, had 4 RBIs, and scored. Marcus Giles was 2-5 and scored twice. Brian McCann was 2-4 with an RBI. Adam LaRoche was 2-5. Edgar Renteria was 1-3, walked, and scored twice. Jeff Francoeur was 1-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Both the Mets and Phillies lost. The Braves have cut a 9 game deficit to 4.5 games in less than 2 weeks. They're only 3.5 games behind the Phillies.
The Braves have won 8 of the last 10.
Kyle Davies will need surgery on a torn groin, and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.
Jorge Sosa will pitch against Scott Olsen tomorrow afternoon.