Smoltz Passes 3000K

Atlanta ace outdueled by rookie as Washington rolls, 6-0
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2008 10:23 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves starter John Smoltz pumps his fist as he celebrates striking out Washington Nationals second baseman Felipe Lopez during the third inning.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
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(Newser) – John Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts, but was outpitched by John Lannan in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. Smoltz fanned Felipe Lopez in the third inning, the veteran hurler's fourth of the game, to reach the mark.

He struck out 10 for the second straight start and for the 45th time in his 20-year career. Lannan, a rookie, allowed five hits in seven innings and the Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington had lost six of seven and is just 3-15 since winning its first three games of the season. The Braves' five-game winning streak came to an end.