The game was closer than that score indicates. The Braves took a 4-1 lead in the third and a 5-1 lead in the fifth, but the Giants had trimmed it to 5-3 heading into the ninth. Then the Braves exploded for seven runs in an inning where 12 men — well, 9 men, three of them twice — came to bat.

Several Braves had big games. Marcus Giles had three doubles and scored twice. Johnny Estrada had three hits, missing the cycle by the triple, and drove in three. Andruw and Drew also had three hits. Even Wise had two, including one off the leg of pitcher Jason Christiansen that knocked him out of the game.

Jaret Wright gave up two runs in 6 2/3. I don’t think he really pitched that well. He gave up eight hits, walked three, and struck out only two. But the Giants couldn’t take advantage. Reitsma allowed a run in the eighth, and Smoltz pitched the ninth. Might as well, since he was already warmed up.

Giles left the game after getting HBP in the ninth, and was pinch-run for by Mike Hampton. I don’t think it’s serious; he was going to leave the game for Jesse Garcia anyway. Obviously, the Braves can’t afford to lose Marcus — whom I think we can now safely call their best player — for any length of time. Tonight’s game sees Ortiz versus Brett Tomko. If you don’t have Sportssouth, it’s on ESPN2, unless there’s a hockey game that goes into quadruple overtime or something.