Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Atlanta leads 2-1 (as of 4/6)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Game 4: Monday, April 7
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Marlins 4

(2-4, 1-2 away)

Braves 13

(2-4, 2-4 home)

1:05 PM ET, April 6, 2003

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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W: H. Ramirez (1-1)

L: B. Penny (0-1)

After embarrassing loss, Braves go to work early vs. Penny

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves didn't take long to shrug off their lopsided loss.

Chipper Jones had a two-run single and Andruw Jones followed with a two-run double in the first inning as the Braves bounced back from their worst loss in three seasons with a 13-4 victory over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

"What happened yesterday is over with. It's about showing people we can do it,'' Andruw Jones said.

After Atlanta ace Greg Maddux was pounded for three homers and nine runs in only two innings of a 17-1 loss Saturday night, the Braves responded quickly against Florida starter Brad Penny (0-1).

"It was sort of the reversal of yesterday,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We got all the hitting. We hit the ball hard all day long. It felt good to get a lead early.''

Rafael Furcal went 4-for-5, scored two runs and drove in another and Andruw Jones went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as Atlanta picked up only its second win in six games this season.

Robert Fick added a two-run homer, his first with the Braves, and Gary Sheffield also hit a two-run shot.

Braves rookie Horacio Ramirez (1-1) earned his first career win in his second start. The left-hander went six innings and allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits. He finished strong, retiring eight Marlins in a row.

"I didn't have my best stuff but I held them off for six innings,'' Ramirez said. "The first couple of innings I was having problems for some reason, but I turned to my cutter (breaking ball) after that and it got me out of some jams.''

Saturday's loss was the worst for the Braves since a 17-1 defeat to Montreal on July 3, 2000.

The Marlins scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Gerald Williams and a sacrifice fly by Mike Redmond.

Mike Lowell added a run-scoring single in the third and the Marlins got within 6-4 with an unearned run in the fourth on three Atlanta errors.

Penny gave up six runs, eight hits and five walks in five innings.

"I should never have given up six runs with the stuff I had today,'' Penny said. "I was a little off in the first inning. After that I settled down, came back and did pretty well. I've just got to get that first inning out of the way.''

Game notes


Penny was making his first start after being suspended for the first five games of the season after hitting Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch during a spring training game March 14, leading to a bench-clearing brawl. ... Florida OF Juan Encarnacion stole second in the first inning, his fourth and the Marlins' major league leading 11th in 13 tries. ... Florida SS Alex Gonzalez went 1-for-3 and is 8-for-14 (.571) with four home runs and nine RBIs after an 0-for-7 start. ... Furcal's steal of second in the opening inning was Atlanta's first stolen base of the season. ... Ramirez, who made his major league debut in a 3-0 loss to Montreal on Wednesday, got his first hit and RBI in the third inning. He said it was his first-ever hit in pro ball in some 40-50 at-bats. ... Braves 3B Vinny Castilla made his third error in six games in the fourth. He made only six errors in 143 games last season. ... Atlanta 2B Marcus Giles drew four walks -- two intentional -- and struck out in five plate appearances.

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