Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Thursday, July 3
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Game 2: Friday, July 4
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Game 3: Saturday, July 5
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Game 4: Sunday, July 6
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Expos 5

(47-38, 21-24 away)

Braves 4

(52-31, 27-13 home)

    7:35 PM ET, July 3, 2003

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: C. Vargas (6-3)

    L: S. Reynolds (5-4)

    S: J. Manon (1)

    Expos stay undefeated in Atlanta this season

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Claudio Vargas won his third straight start and Endy Chavez and Michael Barrett provided the offense as the Montreal Expos remained unbeaten in Atlanta this year with a 5-4 victory over the Braves Thursday night.

    Third-place Montreal, which began the season with a three-game sweep at Turner Field, moved within six games of the NL East-leading Braves, who have lost three of four and six of nine. The Braves are 16-19 in the NL East.

    Vargas (6-3) allowed eight hits, three runs in 7 1-3 innings without walking a batter. The rookie right-hander, who didn't record a strikeout for the first time this year, was replaced by closer Rocky Biddle, who gave up a two-run single to Gary Sheffield that made it 5-3.

    Biddle, after walking Chipper Jones on four pitches, struck out Andruw Jones and got Robert Fick to ground out to end the threat.

    Javy Lopez walked to lead off Atlanta's ninth and reached second on a wild pitch by Biddle. Rafael Furcal drove him in with a two-out single. Biddle then walked Marcus Giles before being lifted for rookie Julio Manon, who got Sheffield to fly out to left on his first pitch. It was Manon's first career save.

    Vargas, who retired 11 straight batters before Marcus Giles singled with one out in the sixth, improved to 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts.

    Andruw Jones led off the seventh with his 21st homer to make it 5-1, but Vargas retired Fick on a groundout and got Lopez and Vinny Castilla to pop up to end the inning.

    Montreal took a 3-0 lead in the first on Edwards Guzman's RBI groundout and Barrett's two-run homer. The Expos went ahead 5-0 in the fourth on Chavez's two-run triple.

    Braves starter Shane Reynolds (5-4) was chased with one out and runners on first and second in the eighth. Kevin Gryboski, who relieved Reynolds, coaxed a grounder from Guzman before intentionally walking Barrett to load the bases and striking out Vargas.

    Reynolds, who lost his third straight start, allowed 11 hits, five runs and one walk in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander entered with a 9-2 record and a 3.16 ERA in 21 career appearances against Montreal.

    Since beating the Phillies 1-0 on April 20, Reynolds, has a 7.11 ERA in his last 13 starts -- a stretch of 69 1-3 innings. He hadn't made it to the fifth inning in his previous three outings.

    Game notes


    Montreal placed reliever Dan Smith on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff. The right-hander, 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 games, will be replaced by Bryan Hebson, the Expos' first draft pick in 1997. ... Gryboski has stranded 33 of 40 inherited runners.

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