ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcus Giles got a chance to extend his hitting
He would have been fine with the game ending three innings
Giles' two-out single in the 12th drove in the winning run and
extended his hitting streak to 14 games, giving Atlanta a 5-4
victory over the San Francisco Giants after the Braves squandered a
three-run lead in the ninth Wednesday night.
That gave Giles two extra at-bats in extra innings. He struck
out in the 10th but came through in the 12th with two runners on,
lining a single to left off Brian Cooper (0-1).
"I was thinking, 'Geez, you're not to make [an] out again, are
you?' " Giles quipped. "I was just trying to put a ball in play up
the middle. I missed one hanging slider by swinging too hard. I
stepped out and told myself to relax. A single was as good as a
Wilson Betemit, who led off the inning with a walk after
striking out four straight times, easily beat the throw home.
"It was nice to keep the hitting streak alive," Giles said.
"But I would have been happy going 0-for-3 and getting a 4-1
Blaine Boyer (1-1) earned his first major-league win with two
The Giants' comeback ruined a strong outing by Smoltz, who had a
two-hit shutout through seven. Even though he gave up a run in the
eighth, manager Bobby Cox was persuaded to let his right-hander go
out for the ninth with a three-run lead.
It was the wrong move.
"That's the way I am," Smoltz said. "The easy thing to do is
protect yourself and not go out there, but that's never been me."
Smoltz gave up three line-drive hits, including Ray Durham's RBI
single that made it 4-3, before Cox went to the bullpen. Chris
Reitsma gave up two more hits, sandwiched around J.T. Snow's
run-scoring groundout that brought home the tying run, also charged
Jones' two-run homer in the sixth was his 36th of the season,
equaling his career highs from 2000 and '03. He didn't wait long to
set a new personal best, leading off the eighth with his 37th.
It was Jones' seventh multihomer game of the season. He came
into the night with two more homers than anyone else in the big
"It's just home runs," Jones said with a shrug. "I don't
worry about what the numbers are going to be at the end of the
Atlanta rookie Jeff Francoeur had an RBI single, extending his
hitting streak to 11 games.
Smoltz was roughed up in his last start, allowing five runs over
six innings in an 11-3 loss at St. Louis that ended his eight-game
Mindful of Smoltz's elbow problems over the years, Cox gave his
top starter the chance to take a couple of extra days between
starts. But Smoltz decided to take his regular turn.
Through seven, he dominated the struggling Giants.
"The game was over," Smoltz said. "I was about as in control
as I've ever been in a long time. To have it slip away like that
certainly is disappointing. But to come back and get the win is
San Francisco starter Kevin Correia (1-4) struck out a
career-high seven through the first four innings, fanning the side
in both the first and third innings.
The Braves got to Correia in the fifth. Adam LaRoche led off
with a double off the wall and came home when Francoeur doubled
over the outstretched glove of right fielder Michael Turner.
Atlanta made it 3-0 in the sixth on Jones' 407-foot drive into
the right-center seats on a 1-0 pitch from Correia.
"It started off well," Correia said. "I wish I had ended
The Giants ruined Smoltz's shutout in the eighth. It started
with Edgardo Alfonzo's liner to left that skidded off the glove of
Kelly Johnson and was generously ruled a double. Mike Matheny took
advantage of the defensive lapse with an RBI single.
Jones restored the three-run lead with his homer off LaTroy
Hawkins in the bottom half, but Smoltz and Reitsma couldn't hold
"I'd really be upset had we not won this game," Smoltz said.
Both teams used pitchers as pinch-hitters in the 12th. Noah
Lowry lined out for San Francisco, and Atlanta's Horacio Ramirez
popped out on a bunt attempt. ... Cooper was called up from the
minors last weekend to start in place of the ailing Brett Tomko.
... The Giants dropped to 1-54 when trailing after eight innings.