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G91: Rangers homer their way to a 6-3 win over Red Sox

This game was (mildly) billed a faceoff of two old Atlanta Braves pitchers. Kevin Millwood, who was with them less (1997 – 2002), and John Smoltz, who was with them for a lot longer than that (1988 – 2008). Given Smoltz is in that tail end of his career time, and Millwood is not, you’d expect that Kevin would have the upper hand. He did, although not right away.
The game started off fairly well pitched with a 2-1 lead by Boston holding up going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Then the wheels seriously fell off the Smoltz wagon, and he didn’t survive the inning. It was longball time in the bottom of the sixth, which means the Sonic Slam contestant on TV won an additional $200 on top of what they had won for the first one. :) Michael Young, David Murphy, & Jarrod Saltamacchia all homered off of Smoltz. Murphy’s was a two run shot, the others were solos. That accounted for the five spot the Rangers put up in the bottom of the sixth. It was also the end of our offense for the night, but it was more than enough. We did also have three doubles to go with the three home runs this evening, but the homers were the big story.
Kevin Millwood did a good job too, even though his pitch count was a bit too high. He only threw six innings on 111 pitches. He did get the win, as he gave up just six hits and a walk for two earned runs. A quality start for sure.
Eddie Guardado followed up with a scoreless frame. Darren O’Day gave up the other run (unusual for him), and CJ Wilson closed it down for his eighth save.
This game dropped Boston into a tie for first, and while I don’t particularly want to help the Yankees, you have to like the fact we beat Boston. That can only be good if we meet up again later, like say October.

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