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MLB: Atlanta 6, Arizona 2

Aug. 19, 2007 at 5:13 PM

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Mark Texeira hit two two-run homers Sunday, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The homers were his sixth and seventh since being dealt to Atlanta by the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline.

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Winning pitcher John Smoltz (11-6) passed Phil Niekro to become the Braves' all-time strikeout leader with 2,913. In all, Smoltz gave up two earned runs and five hits in eight innings with three walks and 12 strikeouts.

Atlanta’s Yunel Escobar hit a solo homer in the fourth, when Kelly Johnson hit an RBI double.

Four players had two hits for the Braves, who averted a three-game sweep.

Arizona scored when Orland Hudson hit an RBI double in the first, and Chris B. Young swiped home on a double-steal in the third.

Young and Hudson had two hits each for the Diamondbacks, who had a four-game winning streak broken.

The loser was Yusmeiro Petit (2-4).

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