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Braves' offense helps Glavine earn 17th victory

9/15/2002

MIAMI (AP) -- The win goes to Tom Glavine, with a collective save going to the bullpen.

Glavine, who had lost a career-high four straight starts, hung
on with help from four relievers and the Atlanta Braves beat the
Florida Marlins 10-5 Saturday night.

Glavine (17-10) pitched five-plus innings for his first win in
his last six starts.

Given a 5-0 lead, he was chased in the sixth when the Marlins
scored four runs.

Glavine was rescued by the bullpen, as Tim Spooneybarger, Darren
Holmes, Mike Remlinger and Kerry Ligtenberg combined to allow just one run over the final four innings.

"It's nice to finally get to 17, and I hope to get a few more
before the end of the season,'' Glavine said.

"I lost four games coming into this one, but I didn't feel like
I was pitching badly, and that's frustrating. When you're not
pitching well and losing games, there isn't much you can say. But
when you're pitching well and losing, it's frustrating.''

The Braves, playing without regulars Andruw Jones and Rafael
Furcal because of minor ailments, were coming off a lopsided 13-3
loss Friday, their worst defeat since a 12-1 loss to Florida in
June 2001.

Javy Lopez hit a three-run homer and Gary Sheffield hit his 25th homer for the Braves.

"We definitely had to help out Glavine. It's good for the team
and it's good for him,'' Lopez said.

Florida's Kevin Millar extending his hitting streak to 20 games.
He finished 4-for-5 and helped spark the Marlins' four-run rally in
the sixth.

Derrek Lee homered in the eighth for Florida, his team-leading
26th of the year.

Atlanta scored four runs in the first three innings against Josh
Beckett (5-7) and A.J. Burnett, both of whom were limited to pitch
counts due to recent injuries.

Beckett, who has battled blister problems much of the year,
worked two innings in his first start since Aug. 22. He absorbed
the loss after giving up a run in the first.

"The finger felt fine. That's the good news,'' said Beckett,
who is slated to return to his rotation spot on Thursday. "The bad
news is that we lost.''

Burnett, activated from the disabled list before the game,
worked one inning in his first career relief appearance. Burnett,
who has 27 starts this year, last pitched Aug. 18 and was placed on
the DL the next day with a bone bruise to his elbow.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by
Chipper Jones.

Burnett struck out the side in the third, but not before
allowing three runs in his 38-pitch stint.

"I gave up three runs, so I can't feel good about that,''
Burnett said. "I'll keep airing it out, since they'll probably
keep using me out of the bullpen. Hopefully, I'll be a little
sharper next time.''

Sheffield drew a one-out walk and Julio Franco walked with two
outs. Lopez hit an RBI single and Vinny Castilla lined a two-run
single as the NL East champions built a 4-0 lead.

The Braves made it 5-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by Franco.

The Marlins chased Glavine in the sixth. Luis Castillo led off
the sixth and singles by Juan Encarnacion and Millar drove in a
run.

Encarnacion scored on a wild pitch, and Millar came across when
Preston Wilson hit into a double play against Spooneybarger. Mike
Redmond's two-out single capped the inning.

"I still felt strong, but I didn't get much right that
inning,'' Glavine said. "Fortunately, 'Spooney' came in and did a
good job. The offense just came back and got the lead back to four
runs, which made it easier for everyone.''

Lopez hit his ninth homer in the eighth off Vladimir Nunez,
making it 9-4.

After shutting the Braves down the night before, the Marlins
knew it wouldn't be easy to duplicate, especially against a
patchwork pitching crew.

"They banged us around pretty good,'' Florida manager Jeff
Torborg said. "That's three times this year that they've put up at
least 10 runs on us.

"You had better make your pitches against them. You say that
about anybody, but it's especially true against those guys.''

Game notes
Beckett threw 41 pitches, including 24 in the first inning.
... The Marlins had their five-game home winning streak snapped.
... Florida's Mike Lowell extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
... Florida worked the bases loaded in the fourth, but Glavine
escaped damage when Wilson lined into an inning-ending double play.
... Andruw Jones (wrist) and Furcal (dizziness) left Friday's game
and were not used on Saturday. ... Glavine last won on Aug. 14,
beating the Giants 1-0.