CHICAGO (Ticker) --
cooled off the bats of the
Chicago White Sox
Wright pitched seven scoreless innings and
knocked in three runs as the
held on for a 6-4 victory over the
After homering 11 times and scoring 24 runs in an rain-shortened two-game series against the
proved to be no match for Wright.
Wright (5-5) gave up just two singles, walking two and striking out a season-high eight in improving to 3-0 in his last four starts. The righthander retired 15 of his last 16 batters and departed with a 6-0 lead.
"I think for the most part I've always had the attack mentality," said Wright, who has battled arm problems for the better part of the last five seasons. "But when I had the injuries and what not, I felt like I was going to a gun fight with a knife. Now it's changed a little bit, I feel like I can go out there and attack in the zone."
that I have played against before and the
I faced tonight are two different pitchers," said
, who knows Wright from their days in the American League. "He made pitches when he needed. We never got a chance to score runs off him."
worked a perfect eighth before closer
made things interesting in the ninth.
Smoltz surrendered an RBI double to
and a three-run homer to
, allowing the
to pull within 6-4.
had the tying run at the plate with one out but Smoltz retired
to end it.
"I'm disappointed, I haven't given up a run on the road all year, haven't walked a guy," Smoltz said. "I guess it was just one of those days where I got it all out of my system."
Marrero provided some of the offense with a three-run double in the third, giving the Braves a 5-0 lead. Atlanta did all its scoring in the inning after
retired the first two batters.
"It's unbelievable, we've had more two-out hits in the first month and half of this season than I think we did all of last year," Braves manager
That lead was more than enough for Wright, who only allowed singles to
in the first and Sandy Alomar Jr. in the third.
"He pitched extremely well tonight," Cox said. "He had a good sinking fastball and located the ball well tonight."
added three hits and an RBI for the Braves (30-30), who returned to the .500 mark.
Schoeneweis (5-4) was tagged for five runs and eight hits in six innings. The lefthander walked two and struck out six.
"I made some mistakes early," Schoeneweis said. "Even early, though, I thought I was throwing some of the best stuff I have this year. I was trying to place the ball but it wasn't happening."