Giles' clutch hit in 12th beat Giants
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
waited until the 12th inning to extend his career-high hitting streak and give the
their 13th win in their final at-bat.
Giles singled with two outs in the bottom of the 12th to plate the game-winning run as the Braves withstood a late rally by the
San Francisco Giants
to post a 5-4 victory.
After Atlanta squandered a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning,
led off the 12th with a four-pitch walk from
(0-1). Two outs later,
worked a walk before Giles drilled an 0-1 breaking ball into left-center field.
Giles extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his initial last at-bat game-winner of the season.
"(I was thinking), 'Geez, you're gonna get out again,'" said Giles, who was hitless in his first four at-bats. "I was just trying to put a ball in play up the middle."
"You've got to make them put it in play," said Cooper, who tossed seven innings Monday against Houston in a spot start in place of the injured
. "I hung a slider."
(1-1) tossed two scoreless frames to record his first major league win.
"I hate to see (my first win) at the expense of (John) Smoltz's eight-inning masterpiece," Boyer said. "I can tell my kids about it. I've got the ball to prove it."
Carrying a two-hitter into the eighth, Smoltz was well on his way to his fifth straight home win until his night started unraveling.
Smoltz allowed a run on three hits in the eighth that cut the lead to 3-1, and Atlanta manager
sent the 1996 Cy Young Award winner out for the ninth in an attempt for his fourth complete game and 51st career.
singled, took third on
's double and scored on a groundout by
. Tucker came home on a single by
, cutting the deficit to 4-3 and ending the night for Smoltz, who was charged with four runs and eight hits in 8 1/3 innings.
"This game, I tried to stop figuring it out a long time ago," Smoltz said. "It's just hard when you look at stats. After eight, it would have been real easy (to leave). They knew I was coming back and I knew I was coming back in the ninth."
relieved and allowed a single to
. Durham raced to third before scoring on a grounder by J.T. Snow.
"I thought I had enough coming out of the eighth," Smoltz said. "I put Reitsma in a bad situation."
In his last outing Sunday, Reitsma blew a save when he surrendered a ninth-inning grand slam to
in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis.
hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead and set a career high with his major league-leading 37th home run in that increased the cushion to 4-1 in the eighth. Jones has 25 homers since June 10 and bashed two homers, including a grand slam among a season-high five RBI in Saturday's 8-1 rout over St. Louis.
"It's just home runs," Jones said. "I wanted to do the same thing I did last year. I don't worry about what (my) numbers are going to be."
Atlanta has won the first two games of the three-game series, improving to 15-0-3 in home series against San Francisco since May 1993.
San Francisco starter
allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. The righthander retired the first 10 batters he faced, fanned the side in the first and third innings and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts.