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Renteria Propels Braves to Series Win

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"We won last night. If we win tonight, that's two in a row. If we win tomorrow, that's called a winning streak. It has happened." -Major League II For the first time in what seems like eternity, the Braves have managed to put together two consecutive wins. This most recent, a 6-2 victory against the AL Central leading Indians, has moved the Braves to a mere 1.5 games back of the struggling Mets. The pitching was superb tonight with John Smoltz taking the mound. The Braves ace went six strong innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts to Cleveland. He left after only 86 pitches, which is probably a precautionary measure after shoulder pain caused the veteran right-hander to miss his last start. The bullpen, which has been the team's strongest part all season was again spectacular. Tyler Yates, Rafael Soriano, and Peter Moylan combined to throw three hitless innings in relief of Smoltz, allowing only a walk and striking out three to take the series. For the second straight game, the Braves bats were hot. Paul Byrd got chased after only five innings, having allowed five runs on ten hits to the surging Atlanta lineup. Edgar Renteria takes the MVP award for this game as the Braves shortstop went 5/5 including a double, a stolen base, and a†homerun to add some insurance in the top of the ninth. Kelly Johnson returned to the lineup after he was given a day off against the lefty last night and went 2/5 with a triple, but couldn't figure out Rafael Perez, the Indians southpaw reliever, who struck the second baseman out twice. Chipper also seems to be heating up after his return from the DL. Jones went 2/5 and now sits at 1,999 career hits†for his more than likely Cooperstown-bound career. Jeff Francoeur and Andruw Jones didn't really have much to be happy about though. The pair of outfielders went a combined 0/8 with five strikeouts on the day. Kyle Davies heads to the mound tomorrow as he tries to nail down the sweep and move the Braves one step closer to the NL East lead. He'll face off against Fausto Carmona. Hopefully we see the dominant half of the young Braves righty come out tomorrow.

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