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This Day in Braves History: John Smoltz notches his 2,000th strikeout

Smoltz also homered in the game to lead the Braves past the Devil Rays.

Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz follows through Photo credit should read TOM MIHALEK/AFP via Getty Images

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This Day in Braves History: June 7

1925 - The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Braves turn five double plays each in a 12-inning game to a set a major league record. The Braves would fall to the Reds 3-2.

1999 - The Atlanta Braves defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-5 as John Smoltz does a bit of everything. Smoltz struck out five in the game including the 2,000th of his career becoming just the 53rd player, and third Braves, to reach that level. Smoltz also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run and drove in three runs in the win. He would end his career with 3,084 career K’s.

2011 - The Braves manage just two hits but still go on to defeat the Marlins 1-0. Tommy Hanson allowed two hits over six and pitched around five walks before the O’Ventbrel trio slammed the door. Alex Gonzalez homered in the sixth against his former club to account for the Braves’ run.