Buddy Carlyle, savior? With the team desperately needing some innings from its starter, Carlyle (after allowing two runs in the first inning) went eight — the longest outing by a Braves starter since May 22 — and allowed just three runs on eight hits, and struck out a career high seven. He even drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth.
It had been almost as long since Andruw had two hits in a game — June 9. He had two today, the first of them a two-run homer in the fourth to tie the score at two. In the fifth, he singled in Renteria to make it 4-2, later coming around to score on a Francoeur single.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia started behind the plate for the second game in a row, with Brian McCann’s knee giving him trouble, but had to leave the game after taking a foul tip off the shoulder. Jo-Jo Reyes is up to take Smoltz’s spot in the rotation, with John going on the DL, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Devine had to go back down and Brayan Pena called up.
Chipper doubled in the ninth, his 400th career double. Every day, another milestone with this guy.