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Smoltz wins 200th

ATLANTA — John Smoltz became baseball’s first pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves, recording his 200th win with another triumph over one of his best friends. Smoltz beat Tom Glavine with seven shutout innings and Matt Diaz homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night. Making his third start of the season against Glavine, his Atlanta teammate from 1988-2002, Smoltz (7-2) became the NL’s first seven-game winner. The 40-year-old Smoltz gave up seven hits without a walk and struck out five. In back-to-back wins over Boston and the Mets, Smoltz has thrown 14 scoreless innings while allowing 10 hits and one walk. Smoltz, 4-1 in May, lowered his ERA from 2.85 to 2.58. Glavine also pitched well, giving up only five hits and two runs in six innings for the Mets, who were denied their sixth straight series win. The Braves won two of three in the series to cut the Mets’ lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games. Bob Wickman pitched out of trouble in the ninth. After a leadoff single by Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green hit a grounder to second base that Kelly Johnson bobbled. Ruben Gotay bunted the runners to second and third, and Delgado scored on a ground out by pinch hitter Julio Franco. Wickman got Reyes to pop to short with the tying runner on third to end the game for his seventh save in nine chances. Smoltz became the 106th pitcher to reach 200 wins and the first with at least 200 wins and 150 saves. He saved an Atlanta-record 154 games as the Braves’ closer from 2001 through 2004. Dennis Eckersley entered the Hall of Fame in 2004 with 197 wins and 390 saves. The only pitchers with more wins in Atlanta history are Phil Niekro (266) and Glavine (242). Smoltz is 17-13 with 24 saves in his career against the Mets. This year, he is 2-0 in three matchups with Glavine. The Braves won all three. Smoltz gave up five hits in the first four innings before retiring 10 straight batters. The streak ended when he gave up seventh-inning singles to Shawn Green and pinch-hitter David Newhan, but Smoltz pitched out of the jam when Jose Reyes ended the inning with a grounder to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Glavine (5-2) failed in his bid for his 296th career win. The left-hander fell to 3-11 in 18 starts against the Braves despite retiring the last eight batters he faced. Johnson led off the game with a single up the middle and later scored on Jeff Francoeur’s fly ball to center. The Braves pushed the lead to 2-0 when Diaz led off the second with a homer into the Atlanta bullpen beyond the right-field wall. The Mets loaded the bases but could not score in the third. Glavine and Carlos Beltran reached on infield hits and Jose Reyes singled to left, but with two outs David Wright was called out when first base umpire Larry Young ruled he did not check his swing on strike three. Wright protested, throwing his bat and helmet in frustration. Notes: 3B Chipper Jones was held out after having a cortisone shot in his sore right thumb. ... Johnson made a diving stop in shallow right field and threw out Ruben Gotay to end the fourth inning. Paul Lo Duca was on third base, so the play saved a run. ... As is their custom, Atlanta fans greeted Glavine with a mixture of boos and cheers. ... Wright had three strikeouts.

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