ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Even
couldn't cool off the
Making his first start in 11 days, Schmidt yielded six runs and 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings as Atlanta rolled to a 9-3 victory over the
San Francisco Giants
The Braves extended their winning streak to a season-high six games and improved to 30-11 since the All-Star break.
Schmidt (15-5), who is tied with Houston's
for the most wins in the National League, had to leave his last start August 17 against Montreal with a right groin strain. This turned into his shortest outing since he lasted just three innings on May 22, 2002 against Arizona.
"If you have to lose, you don't want to lose like that," Schmidt said. "I probably should have used my fastball more. I tried to finesse too much. The positive thing is that I got through the start."
inflicted most of the damage. Furcal matched a career high with four hits - all singles - and drove in four runs. Thomas had two hits, including an RBI triple, and scored four times. Estrada highlighted a four-run fourth inning with a two-run single.
(5-4) stroked two run-scoring singles off Schmidt.
"Mom and dad were here, so I had to put on a show," said Byrd, a career .147 hitter entering the game. "My son, the first thing out of his mouth is, 'did you get a hit?' I could give up eight runs and he could care less, his first question is about hitting."
Making his first appearance since August 18 due to a sore shoulder, Byrd pitched six innings and allowed one run and four hits
Despite his short stint, Schmidt recorded eight strikeouts to surpass 200 for the second straight season.
"Right now, I'd take a win and no strikeouts," Schmidt said.
The Braves jumped on Schmidt with two runs in the second when Thomas tripled home the first run and scored on Byrd's single.
Atlanta chased Schmidt in the fourth with a walk and four straight hits, including Byrd's second hit. After Schmidt struck out J.D. Drew and
with overpowering fastballs, Estrada grounded a two-run single to right, giving the Braves a 6-1 lead.
"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Estrada said.
"(Schmidt) was rusty," Giants manager
. "His stuff was good, but he didn't have the command he wished he had. The good news is that he's healthy."
Furcal had an RBI single in the fifth inning and a two-run hit in the seventh to open the lead to 9-1.
A day after hitting his 694th homer, Giants slugger
went 1-for-3 with an infield single.