Smoltz, Jones lead Braves to win

By: associated press
By: associated press

MIAMI (AP) -- John Smoltz struck out 10 in five shutout innings, and Chipper Jones went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-0 over the Florida Marlins tonight.

Atlanta had five homers, including three in a row off Ricky Nolasco. Four relievers combined to pitch four hitless innings and complete a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts.

The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the third time in 10 road games.

Smoltz lowered his ERA to 0.56 and improved to 3-0 in three starts, while the rest of the Braves staff is 3-9.

Jones raised his batting average to .443. He had an RBI double in the first and a homer in the third. With two out in the fifth, Jones, Mark Teixera and Brian McCann hit consecutive home runs in a span of 12 pitches.

Kelly Johnson added a two-run homer in the sixth.


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