Is two games a win streak? Technically, I guess so. At any event, the Braves have now won two in a row, this game behind Smoltz, the bullpen, and Edgar Renteria. Renteria went 5-5, driving in two and scoring two. He was stranded after a first-inning single. In the third, the Braves moved into the lead with two runs; Renteria’s single in that inning came after those runs, but Chipper and Andruw struck out with a chance for more.
After the Indians’ lone rally, three straight hits in the third followed by a double play to tie the game at two, KJ tripled, Harris singled him home and stole second. Edgar doubled to make it 4-2, then came home on a McCann groundout. He singled again seventh but was stranded, then hit a homer to left with two out in the ninth to make it 6-2.
Smoltz allowed four hits in the third but only three in the other five innings he pitched, struck out seven Indians and didn’t walk any, and threw 86 pitches, 61 of which were strikes. He’s clearly still somewhat sore and trying to pitch efficiently, and doing a remarkable job of it.
Kali needed only eight pitches in the seventh. Soriano walked a guy but got out of it on a DP, and after the save wasn’t in order Moylan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.