DETROIT (Ticker) -- It was only fitting that the
' first visit to Detroit was closed out by
Smoltz worked the 10th inning for his ninth save after
scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by
as the Braves edged the
The Braves opened interleague play with their maiden trip to Detroit. Two previous series between the teams took place at Turner Field in Atlanta.
It marked a homecoming for Smoltz, a native of Warren, Michigan who began his career in the Tigers organization before being traded to the Braves in 1987 for
"To be honest, I had a little goose bumps going out there," Smoltz said. "I'm glad it worked out."
Smoltz retired all three batters he faced with a pair of strikeouts.
"He wanted to get into the game so his family could see him pitch," Braves manager
"Smoltz is Smoltz," Tigers manager
said. "He is in the elite catagory."
DeRosa opened the 10th with a double to left-center field off Patterson (0-3).
sacrificed and Patterson's throw went by first baseman
, allowing DeRosa to score.
(2-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of
, who lasted seven innings and allowed three runs and nine hits.
hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who lost for the 11th time in 15 games.
allowed all three of his runs in the second and surrendered three runs and seven hits in eight innings.
"I may have pitched well," said Johnson, who retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced. "But I'm not happy with the outing, we lost."
singled in the second before
doubled to bring home a run. Center fielder
had trouble picking up the ball, allowing a second run to score.
One out later, DeRosa delivered an RBI single to center field to make it 3-0.
Hampton had his way until the sixth inning, when he allowed back-to-back one-out doubles to
flied out to the deepest part of left-center field, Inge hit his sixth homer the opposite way to right field.