Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/4)

Game 1: Thursday, July 3
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Atlanta4
Game 2: Friday, July 4
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Atlanta8
Game 3: Saturday, July 5
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Game 4: Sunday, July 6
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Expos 6

(47-39, 21-25 away)

Braves 8

(53-31, 28-13 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 4, 2003

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: R. Ortiz (11-4)

    L: T. Ohka (7-8)

    S: J. Smoltz (31)

    Jones rings up four hits, including homer in win

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Andruw Jones homered for the second straight game and Russ Ortiz won his fourth straight start to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 8-6 Friday night.

    Jones had four hits, Rafael Furcal added two RBI, and Robert Fick and Javy Lopez had two hits apiece for the Braves, who won for only the fourth time in 10 games. They beat the Expos for the first time in five tries this season at Turner Field.

    A season-high crowd 48,923 was at the game, the Braves' second home sellout this year.

    Ortiz (11-4) moved into a tie with Colorado's Shawn Chacon for the most victories in the NL. He fell behind 4-1, then settled down and retired 10 of his last 12 batters.

    Ortiz lasted six innings and gave up four runs and five hits, including solo homers by Michael Barrett and Wil Cordero. It was Barrett's second homer in as many games.

    John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.

    Atlanta increased its lead in the NL East to 5{ games over the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost 2-1 to the Florida Marlins earlier Friday. The Expos fell seven games back.

    The Braves closed to 4-3 with two runs in the fourth, then went ahead with four in the sixth.

    Fick and Lopez had back-to-back singles and moved up a base on the first sacrifice bunt of the season by Vinny Castilla. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco singled to drive home Fick with the tying run, moving Lopez to third, and T.J. Tucker relieved Tomo Ohka (7-8).

    Furcal, who hadn't hit into a double play all season, hit a sharp grounder just to the left of second baseman Jose Vidro, who bobbled the ball for an instant and had to settle for throwing out Furcal at first.

    That allowed Lopez to score the go-ahead run. After Marcus Giles and Gary Sheffield walked, Chipper Jones greeted lefty Joey Eischen with a two-run single to right and a 7-4 lead.

    Montreal got two unearned runs in the seventh, thanks to an error in left by Chipper Jones, but Darren Holmes got out of the jam.

    The Expos scored two in the first after some sloppy play by the Braves. Endy Chavez led off with a liner to right-center, and when Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield both jogged to the ball, Chavez slid safely into second for a double.

    Brad Wilkerson then hit a roller toward first, and neither Ortiz or Fick could get to it in time. Ron Calloway later drove in Chavez and Wilkerson with a double to right-center.

    Barrett's shot leading off the second extended the lead to 3-1, and after Andruw Jones cut it to 3-2 by connecting in the second, Cordero hit one with two outs in the third for a 4-1 lead.

    Ohka gave up five earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

    Game notes


    Sheffield made his first error of the season in the seventh, misplaying a single by Calloway. ... Castilla hadn't sacrificed since 1995. ... Before the game, the Expos announced RHP Dan Smith will have shoulder surgery for a right rotator-cuff inflammation. He's likely out for the season.

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