They say solo home runs won't hurt you, but three in a row sure will. ”
— Carl Pavano
"He pitched good but he made three mistakes and it cost him,"
said Andruw Jones, who homered for the second straight game.Pavano took a two-hit shutout into the sixth, then allowed
Sheffield's second home run in two days, a 450-foot drive into the
left-field stands.Chipper Jones followed with his first home run of the season,
and Andruw Jones hit an opposite-field shot to left on an 0-2
pitch."It was nice to be a part of our three outfielders doing it,"
Chipper Jones said. "It kind of supports the little fraternity we
have out there, and what we're trying to achieve as a group."Last year, Pavano allowed 19 homers in 136 innings for Montreal
and Florida."They say solo home runs won't hurt you, but three in a row
sure will," Pavano said.Atlanta won three of four games from the Marlins after getting
swept by Montreal in its opening series. It was the first shutout
of the season for the Braves, who tied Los Angeles for the NL high
last season with 15.Russ Ortiz (1-1) won his first game for Atlanta, combining with
three relievers on a five-hitter. Ortiz, obtained during the
offseason from San Francisco, allowed three hits, struck out three
and walked three, throwing just 49 of 90 pitches for strikes."To get the first win out of the way with a new team was nice,
especially to get it now," Ortiz said. "I didn't want to go four
or five starts before getting one."He was pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his
major league career."I felt fine," he said. "I've never had any problems with my
arm, so I always felt I could do it."Ortiz threw 25 pitches in the second inning, loading the bases
with two outs on a bloop single and two walks. He escaped the jam
when Pavano (0-2) grounded a 3-1 pitch to first. The ball bounced
off the glove of Robert Fick to second baseman Marcus Giles, who
threw him out.Florida loaded the bases in the eighth off Roberto Hernandez,
and Kevin Gryboski got Ivan Rodriguez to ground into a 6-4-3 double
play."I just wanted to get a ground ball. I threw him two sinkers.
He took the first for a strike. The second one he tried to pull and
hit it right to Raffy," Gryboski said, referring to shortstop
Rafael Furcal.John Smoltz allowed a two-out double to Juan Encarnacion in the
ninth, then struck out Todd Hollandsworth on three pitches.Pavano allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck
out five and walked none."I'd like to have those three pitches to take back, but you
have to move on. I just left those pitches over the plate," Pavano
said. "I definitely felt good. You can't ask for more than that,
but you can ask for a win."
The start of the game was delayed 11 minutes by rain. ...
The Braves hadn't hit three straight homers since last June 11,
when Andruw Jones, Vinny Castilla and Matt Franco did it at