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Braves of today dominate in throwback uniforms

7/20/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Forget those vintage uniforms -- these weren't the 1974 Atlanta Braves.

Damian Moss pitched six strong innings and Andruw Jones homered as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Friday night for their fourth straight win.

The Braves, who lead the NL East by 12½ games, have won 21 of
their last 27 games. Atlanta has the best record in the major
leagues at 62-35.

Chipper Jones had two hits and two runs scored, and Gary
Sheffield doubled to reach base for his 45th straight games.

Moss (5-4) allowed one run -- unearned -- and five hits in six
innings to win for the first time in five appearances since June
22. Atlanta's pitching staff has allowed just one earned run in its
last 39 innings, a 0.23 ERA.

``Moss did a fine job,'' Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. ``He
threw quite a few pitches, but he's uncanny and has been able to
work himself out of trouble.''

Chris Hammond and Mike Remlinger each pitched a scoreless inning
before John Smoltz finished for his major league-leading 35th save
in 38 chances. Smoltz has been part of baseball's premier staff of
the past decade,

``It's been dominating efforts by the entire staff,'' he said. ``We've had streaks like this before, but it was built up by the starters. This run has been a complete effort by everyone on this staff.''

Brandon Duckworth (5-8) allowed four runs, seven hits and six
walks in seven innings. He has lost three straight starts and four
of five.

Both teams wore vintage uniforms -- Atlanta's from 1974, when
Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, the Phillies from 1980, the year
of their only World Series championship.

After a 2-hour, 45-minute rain delay at the start, Andruw Jones
gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his 21st homer.
It was the team-high 17th homer allowed by Duckworth.

Moss credited teammate Tom Glavine for his success this season
at the big league level.

``If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here,'' Moss said. ``I pick his brain about pitching every day.''

Phillies manager Larry Bowa believes the connection goes deeper.

``Moss throws a lot like Glavine,'' Bowa said. ``He doesn't give in.''

Atlanta made it 2-0 in the fourth when Chipper Jones singled and
Duckworth walked three straight batters, including Javy Lopez with
the bases loaded. Mark DeRosa added a sacrifice fly.

Marlon Anderson hit an RBI grounder in the fifth following a
throwing error by Matt Franco at first base. Vinny Castilla doubled
in a run in the sixth.

Duckworth's wild outing concerned Bowa because the right-hander
isn't the only pitcher on the staff to battle control problems.

``It's been like that all year with walks.'' he said. ``You
can't walk that many guys. Something is not sinking in with
them.''

Game notes
Atlanta is 15-1 on Fridays. ... Atlanta's streak of eight
straight games without an error ended. The streak tied a franchise
record. ... Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins was a late scratch from the
starting lineup because of a left thumb injury. He was hurt last
Saturday and feels pain while hitting right-handed.