Smoltz hand­cuffs Car­di­nals in 7-2 win

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

ST. LOUIS — John Smoltz han­dled one of the teams that has given him the most trou­ble over the years, help­ing the At­lanta Braves end a three­game los­ing streak.

Smoltz worked eight in­nings for the sec­ond straight start and Mark Teix­eira drove in his 29th run in 22 games with the Braves in a 7-2 vic­tory over the St. Louis Car­di­nals on Fri­day night.

Smoltz is 11-11 with six saves for his ca­reer against the Car­di­nals, who had been one of only two teams with a win­ning record against the 1996 Cy Young win­ner. He also raised his record to 4-7 in St. Louis.

Chip­per Jones had a two-run dou­ble and Teix­eira had an RBI sin­gle in a five-run fifth against Kip Wells that put At­lanta ahead 7-2. Brian McCann had a two-run dou­ble in the third for the Braves, who didn’t need a closer on the day they cut ties with Bob Wick­man.

Smoltz (12-6) lim­ited the Car­di­nals to two runs and six hits with six strike­outs and no walks. It was a strong fol­lowup to his last out­ing against the Di­a­mond­backs in which he had a sea­son-best 12 strike­outs.

Al Behrman/The As­so­ci­ated Press

Good­bye: At­lanta Braves reliever Bob Wick­man walks off the field af­ter giv­ing up a two-run home run to Cincin­nati Reds’ Adam Dunn in the bot­tom of the 12th in­ning of a base­ball game, Thurs­day, Aug. 23, 2007, in Cincin­nati. Cincin­nati won 9-7. On Fri­day, the Braves des­ig­nated Wick­man for as­sign­ment.

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