Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Atlanta 3Final
Florida 13
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Atlanta 10Final
Florida 5
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Atlanta 6Final
Florida 4
Game 4: Monday, September 16
Atlanta 1Final
Florida 5

Braves 1

(94-54, 45-29 away)

Marlins 5

(73-77, 44-31 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    FLA 00023000 - 5 - -

    W: B. Penny (7-6)

    L: K. Millwood (17-7)

    Smokin' Penny stops Millwood's win streak

    MIAMI (AP) -- Brad Penny is starting to get better results with less hard work.

    Kevin Millwood
    Millwood

    Brad Penny
    Penny

    Penny, who has stopped throwing in the bullpen between starts, allowed four hits and a run in six innings as the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Monday night to snap Kevin Millwood's eight-game winning streak.

    With more rest between outings, Penny said he feels stronger than he has all season. He hit 98 mph on the radar gun several times against the Braves.

    ''It felt really good,'' said Penny, a 24-year-old right-hander who won for the first time in five starts. ''That's probably the hardest I've ever thrown.''

    Penny (7-6) struck out eight and walked two. He walked Matt Franco to start the seventh, then gave way to Florida's bullpen.

    Vladimir Nunez and Braden Looper held the Braves hitless over the final three innings.

    ''That's the best I've ever seen him throw,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said of Penny. ''I wondered if the calibration of the gun was off.''

    But Torborg wasn't alone.

    ''That's the best I've seen him,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. ''He was throwing about 98 on every pitch.''

    Atlanta had won 19 of Millwood's last 20 starts. The right-hander was 8-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last nine outings and 15-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 22 starts since May 24. But the Marlins prevented him from tying his career-best winning streak of nine games set in 2000.

    Millwood (17-7) was lifted after five innings. He gave up seven hits and five runs, four earned. It was his shortest outing since a five-inning stint Aug. 11 against Houston.

    ''I didn't locate my heater very good,'' Millwood said. ''I couldn't get into a groove. It was one of those night you don't want to run into too often. I'd much rather have it tonight than when October comes around.''

    Millwood looked sharp early, retiring nine of the first 11 Marlins. But he started getting the ball up in the strike zone in the fourth and fifth innings, and Florida made him pay.

    Kevin Millar doubled to start the fourth, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 22 games and tying the second-longest mark in Marlins history. It trails only Luis Castillo's 35-game string earlier this season.

    Millar scored on Derrek Lee's single. Lee moved to second on one of Preston Wilson's three hits and scored on second baseman Mark DeRosa's throwing error.

    Florida added three more runs in the fifth. Penny led off with a single and moved to third on consecutive walks to Juan Encarnacion and Millar.

    Lowell followed with a two-run double down the left-field line, and Wilson capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

    Lowell's 41st double extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

    ''It's fun to watch,'' Wilson said. ''We watch every pitch and we're on the edge of our seat. Keep them going.''

    Game notes


    Attendance was 6,103 for Penny bobblehead night, leaving the Marlins with almost 9,000 dolls left over. The crowd was the smallest to see the Braves in Miami. ... Castillo stole two bases, giving him 45 steals this season and leaving him 17 shy of tying his own club record with 12 games left. ... Braves OF Chipper Jones was out of the starting lineup but popped out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

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