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Smoltz comes close to a no-hitter

John Smoltz

You thought it might happen, didn't you? Braves' pitcher John Smoltz flirted with a no-hitter Friday night. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks was there and talks about the very important win over Washington.

After a grueling seventh inning, including an at bat by Nationals' outfielder Austin Kearns that just about ruined him, Braves' starter John Smoltz walked into the dugout and told Braves' Manager Bobby Cox something very definite. "As soon as I give up a hit, I'm done" Smoltz told his skipper. And so when Ronnie Belliard got a base hit in the first at bat of the eighth inning to break up Smoltz... Recommended Stories

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