WASHINGTON (AP) - The Atlanta Braves return home to Turner Field Tuesday night to begin a two-game set against the Chicago Cubs after splitting a pair in Washington.
Chipper Jones homered, and Kelly Johnson had a career-high four hits for the Braves last night in a 6-4 victory over the Nationals.
Right-hander John Smoltz moved within one strikeout of Cy Young and within five wins of 200. Smoltz (2-1) didn't allow an earned run until the seventh inning, but the Braves made three errors -- one by Jones and two by shortstop Edgar Renteria -- and squandered most of a four-run lead.
Smoltz gave up four runs -- two earned -- in six-plus innings. He left after allowing Chris Snelling's RBI triple on his 102nd pitch but earned his 195th career victory over 20 major league seasons.
Smoltz allowed six hits, walked one and struck out two, raising his total to two-thousand, 797. That is one shy of tying Young for 18th on baseball's career list.
Relievers Oscar Villareal, Rafael Soriano and Bob Wickman got the final nine outs, with Wickman earning his fourth save.
Kyle Davies is scheduled to start tonight for Atlanta. After the two against the Cubs, the Braves have a nine-game road trip beginning Friday against the New York Mets.