Francoeur leads the Braves with 10 game-winning RBI. Adding to his knack for dramatic production in clutch situations, he has five game-winning hits in the final at-bat.
"He's got the flair," Smoltz said of Francoeur. "He wants so bad to be in that situation that I think sometimes he tries too hard. You want a guy to be like that in that situation. You'd be surprised how many guys treat that situation totally different."
Francoeur said he wanted to atone for failing to deliver in similar situations as the Braves lost two of three in Cincinnati a week ago.
"I love it," Francoeur said of facing the pressure in the bottom of the ninth.
"I thought when I got up, here's a chance to atone a little bit for Cincinnati for the team and for John, for Bobby (Cox). We've been playing hard."
Turnbow, meanwhile, has lost his job as the Brewers' closer and now may be removed from any tight situations. He is 0-5 with one save and four blown ones in his last 15 appearances.
Overall, Turnbow is 4-8 with a 6.40 ERA. Manager Ned Yost said he will have to remove the hard-throwing right-hander from situations such as the ninth inning Friday night.
"Yeah, we're going to have to," Yost said. "Right now you can tell his tempo is real slow. He's thinking way too much."
Yost delivered the same message to Turnbow after the game.
"It's awful. I'm tired of costing this team victories and every time this team is on a roll, stopping it," Turnbow said. "It's just frustrating. ... I just wish I could get the job done."
Marcus Giles drew a leadoff walk from Turnbow and Andruw Jones walked with one out. Francoeur followed with a drive to the wall in right-center field to drive in Giles, who almost made for a close play at the plate by jogging from second.
Jones earlier hit his 29th home run.
"It wasn't the double that killed him," Yost said of Turnbow. "It was the walks before."
Smoltz (10-5) won his sixth straight decision and pitched his 53rd complete game. He struck out eight, walked none and retired 18 straight batters after giving up a leadoff single to Gabe Gross in the second inning.
The Braves began the night six games back in the wild-card chase, but Smoltz said he is treating each start like a playoff game.
"I'm going to keep pitching like that until they say you've been officially eliminated from the playoffs," he said.
Smoltz reached double figures in wins for the 12th time and has not lost since June 13.
"His slider was nasty," Brewers starter Chris Capuano said. "It just disappears. You can't see it."
At 24-30, the Braves have the fewest home wins in the majors. Smoltz can't be blamed for that stat, though -- he is 6-3 in 11 games at Turner Field this season.
Gross started in right field after Yost announced before the game that he had benched slumping veteran Geoff Jenkins. Yost said he will give more playing time to Gross and Corey Hart the rest of the season.
The Braves led 1-0 when Bill Hall led off the Brewers eighth with a double. David Bell singled and one out later, Jenkins delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly that almost cleared the fence in right field. Jenkins was hitting for Capuano.
Capuano pitched seven innings, throwing only 68 pitches. He gave up four hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts.
Capuano's only mistake was a first-pitch, leadoff homer to Jones in the second inning.
|All-Star reliever Derrick Turnbow is 0-5 with four blown saves in his last 15 appearances. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brady Clark, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Tony Graffanino, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Kevin Mench, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Gabe Gross, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1|
|Bill Hall, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||1|
|David Bell, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Damian Miller, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Chris Capuano, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|a- Geoff Jenkins, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Capuano in the 8th|
|2B - Tony Graffanino (, Smoltz), Kevin Mench (, Smoltz), Bill Hall (, Smoltz)|
|SF - Geoff Jenkins ()|
|RBI - Geoff Jenkins ()|
|SB - Gabe Gross (, 2nd base off Smoltz/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Derrick Turnbow (L,-)||0.1||1||1||1||2||0||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 68-47, Matt Wise 25-15, Derrick Turnbow 23-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 12-4, Matt Wise 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Matt Wise 4, Derrick Turnbow 4|
|Willy Aybar, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Tony Pena, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a- Scott Thorman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Pete Orr, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Marcus Giles, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||2||1|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Andruw Jones, CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Matt Diaz, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|John Smoltz, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|a-grounded out for Pena in the 8th|
|2B - Jeff Francoeur (, Turnbow), Brian McCann (, Capuano)|
|HR - Andruw Jones (, Capuano)|
|SH - John Smoltz ()|
|RBI - Andruw Jones (), Jeff Francoeur ()|
|PK - Jeff Francoeur (, Capuano)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|John Smoltz (W,-)||9||5||1||1||0||8||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 99-74|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 8-11|
|Batters Faced - John Smoltz 32|
|Attendance - 31336|
|Game Time - 2:16|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|