Francoeur Has 7 RBIs in Braves Win Over Nationals

Smoltz allows one run in six inning as Washington loses 9th straight
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 6:32 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves' Yunel Escobar, right, throws to first base for a double play on a ball hit by Washington Nationals' Lastings Milledge today. The Atlanta Braves won 10-2.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Jeff Francoeur had two home runs and a career-high seven RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves handed the Washington Nationals their ninth straight loss, 10-2 today. Francoeur hit a three-run home run in the first, a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth. He came in with four RBIs in 10 games. The Nationals' skid is their longest since moving to Washington in 2005.

John Smoltz (2-0) pitched six innings and allowed one run and five hits. He walked two and struck out five, leaving him just 14 strikeouts shy of 3,000. He earned his 209th career win and 21st against the Montreal-Washington franchise, most against any opponent. After a 91-minute rain delay in the first day game at Nationals Park, Francoeur hit a three-run homer to left in the first.