News 12 @ 11 Monday June 2, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- John Smoltz's return to the mound as a closer
didn't go like he wanted. Still, the Atlanta Braves actually
managed to win a close game.
Yunel Escobar hit the first game-ending homer of his career, a
two-run shot in the 10th inning, and the Braves rallied for a 7-5
victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday night. Pitching in relief for the first time since 2004, Smoltz came on in the ninth with a 4-3 lead. The Marlins were down to their last out when Jeremy Hermida drove in two runs with a single.
But Jeff Francoeur hustled home on a wild pitch in the bottom
half to get Smoltz off the hook, and Escobar won it in the 10th
with a drive that bounced off the top of the wall in right center
and into the seats.
The Braves, who have a 2-16 record in one-run games, didn't
improve on that mark. But they'll take it after getting swept in
Cincinnati last weekend.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)