Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Atlanta at Colorado

Scoreboard
Atlanta (15-8) «003200001661
Colorado (9-15)2000000002101

Smoltz continues domination of Rockies as Braves roll

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
  •  

DENVER -- John Smoltz hates pitching against the Colorado Rockies. Hates pitching at Coors Field.

It hasn't kept from beating them on a regular basis.

"If you asked me what my record was against them, I'd say I had a losing record," Smoltz said, who is 11-4 with nine saves and a 3.43 ERA in his career against the Rockies.

"That's the way I feel when I face these guys." he said. "I can't get Todd Helton out. I can't get Matt Holliday out."

It doesn't matter. Smoltz continued his mastery of Colorado and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies 6-2 on Saturday night.

"I thought Smoltz pitched great," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "He gave up a home run in the first inning and then gave up nothing."

Smoltz (3-1) allowed two runs, nine hits, and struck out eight in seven innings. He appeared fired up when he left the game, pounding his glove and high-fiving teammates.

"I had a horrible bullpen session before the game and then I was all over the place mechanically," said Smoltz, who also snapped an 0-for-11 skid at the plate to start the season with a double in the sixth inning.

"I got lucky."

Colorado second baseman Jamey Carroll, who suffered through an 0-for-4 night didn't agree.

"The guy threw 94 on the outside corner and he has two different sliders going," Carroll said. "After we got to him for two runs in the first inning, he started to spot the fastball and made his adjustment. That's what has made him successful."

The 39-year-old Smoltz, who recently signed a contract extension for 2008 with options for 2009 and 2010, was aided by an efficient offense that turned three hits -- a two-run single by Jones, a solo home run by Jeff Francoeur and a triple by Kelly Johnson -- in the first four innings to build a 5-2 lead.

"You can hear it in his voice, he was not happy about pitching here," Francoeur said. "We know it's up to come up with key hits and plays behind him."

Jones has seven home runs and 16 RBI in his last 16 games.

Andruw Jones made a leaping catch to rob Garrett Atkins of a home run in the third inning and preserve the lead.

"Nothing to it," Andruw Jones said. "It's all about positioning, finding the wall and locating the ball."

Colorado starter Jason Hirsh (2-2) allowed five runs, five hits and four walks over six innings.

"His command wasn't what it had been for Jason in his other fours starts," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle. "He didn't establish his fastball and nothing establishes his changeup better than his fastball."

Holliday was 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Troy Tulowitzki hit his second home run in as many games, a towering shot into the Braves bullpen in center field after a leadoff walk to Willy Taveras in the first inning.

"That wasn't the start I was looking for," Smoltz said, adding that he thought the home run was going to be a fly out.

The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Ryan Langerhans reached on the shortstop Tulowitzki's error, and Johnson and Edgar Renteria walked to load the bases before Chipper Jones singled off Carroll's glove at second base to drive in two runs. Andruw Jones added a sacrifice fly.

Francoeur homered to left, his fifth of the year, leading off the fourth. Langerhans drew a one-out walk and an out later scored when Johnson tripled to center to make it 5-2.

Smoltz settled down, pitching six scoreless innings after the first. He induced a two-out ground ball by Brad Hawpe with runners on second and third in the third inning and got Holliday to ground out after two-out hits by Atkins and Helton in the fifth.

Renteria added his fourth homer of the season in the ninth to make it 6-2.

"The guys picked me up and I will be very much relaxed the next few days." Smoltz said. "I'm fortunate that I had five days off before this and will have five days off after this game because there is a carry-over affect from pitching here."

Notes

  • Manager Bobby Cox said LHP Chuck James was fine a day after tweaking his back trying to run out a double play grounder Friday night.
  • Francoeur started his 187th straight game in right field.
  • Colorado 2B Kaz Matsui (lower back spasms) has begun a regime of swing a bat one-handed, playing some light catch and jogging.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
John Smoltz allows two runs and strikes out eight while improving to 3-1 on the season.  (AP)
John Smoltz allows two runs and strikes out eight while improving to 3-1 on the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Smoltz
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4111111 .316
Edgar Renteria, SS4211101 .340
Chipper Jones, 3B4012110 .319
Andruw Jones, CF2011111 .238
Brian McCann, C4000013 .295
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111001 .292
Scott Thorman, 1B4000000 .227
Ryan Langerhans, LF3200100 .049
John Smoltz, P1010000 .083
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Woodward, PH1000000 .250
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3166654  
a-popped out for Gonzalez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (8, Hirsh), John Smoltz (1, Hirsh)
3B - Kelly Johnson (1, Hirsh)
HR - Edgar Renteria (4, Fuentes), Jeff Francoeur (5, Hirsh)
SF - Andruw Jones (2)
SH - John Smoltz 2 (2)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (15), Edgar Renteria (16), Chipper Jones 2 (16), Andruw Jones (16), Jeff Francoeur (25)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (10), Edgar Renteria (11)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Edgar Renteria (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
John Smoltz (W,3-1) 7922181 3.96
Mike Gonzalez (H,3) 1100010 1.93
Rafael Soriano 1000020 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 100-68, Mike Gonzalez 12-9, Rafael Soriano 15-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 6-6, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Rafael Soriano 2-0
Batters Faced - John Smoltz 30, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4100111 .269
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5122011 .203
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010010 .267
Todd Helton, 1B4030000 .383
Matt Holliday, LF4020003 .398
Brad Hawpe, RF4000024 .243
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Yorvit Torrealba, C4020011 .275
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000022 .190
Jason Hirsh, P2000021 .000
   a- John Mabry, PH1000001 .182
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Steve Finley, RF1000010 .156
Totals372102111  
a-popped out for Hirsh in the 6th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (7, Gonzalez), Matt Holliday 2 (9, Smoltz, Smoltz)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Smoltz)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (8)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (1, 2nd base by Smoltz/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh (L,2-2) 6553421 3.41
Jeremy Affeldt 1000120 1.00
Manuel Corpas 1000000 0.71
Brian Fuentes 1111001 4.09
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 93-57, Jeremy Affeldt 20-12, Manuel Corpas 9-7, Brian Fuentes 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 9-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Manuel Corpas 3-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 28, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Manuel Corpas 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28178
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Kerwin Danley