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 MILWAUKEE (AP) -Atlanta left-hander John Smoltz left his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night in the fourth inning.
After a brief mound visit, Smoltz left - the reason he left the game was not immediately announced. He was replaced by Oscar Villarreal. It was Smoltz's shortest outing since June 23 of last season.
Smoltz hadn't been as sharp before exiting, but was still effective. He threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes, but gave up eight hits and three runs while striking out five.
In the top of the fourth, Smoltz, who had won five of his previous six starts by pitching seven innings in each, easily ran out a chopper that bounced off first baseman Prince Fielder's glove for a single.
Smoltz, 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA, picked up his 200th win last Thursday and came into the start against the Brewers with a 14-inning scoreless streak.
That ended in the second off Corey Hart's RBI single. Fielder added a long, two-run homer in the third.
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