Smoltz handcuffs Cardinals in 7-2 win
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.
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.