SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Heading into the All-Star break,
the Atlanta Braves are starting to spurt.
A day after scoring nine runs in the fifth inning of a 10-4 win
over Boston, Atlanta sent 16 batters to the plate in the first two
innings and built an 8-0 lead. The Braves reached .500 for the
first time since June 12 (30-30).
"Things are going our way lately," Braves manager Bobby Cox
said. "Balls were dropping in the hole everywhere."
Zach Day (5-9) was chased after 47 pitches, allowing eight runs
and eight hits in 1 1-3 innings.
Paul Byrd (2-1) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and 10 hits in
"It's nice to have a 6-0 lead before you take the field. I
think that was the edge mentally," Byrd said.
The crowd of 13,122 was the first time in four games that
attendance topped 9,000.
Rafael Furcal opened the game with a walk and scored on Nick
Green's double. J.D. Drew singled and one out later, Johnny Estrada
hit an RBI single to make it 2-0. Adam LaRoche then singled to
left, and Carl Everett bobbled the ball for a run-scoring error,
and Jones followed with his 13th homer for a 6-0 lead.
The drive to right field was his first home run in 103 at-bats
since June 1.
"It's been a while since I hit a home run, but I've hit the
ball good the past two weeks," Jones said.
Chipper Jones finished Day's night in the second with a two-run
"He just didn't have it today," Expos' manager Frank Robinson
said. "It's one of those nights, one of those games.
Atlanta added three runs in the sixth off Rocky Biddle on
Chipper Jones' two-run single and Estrada's RBI double.
Brian Schneider hit an RBI single in the second for Montreal
that drove in Tony Batista, who had reached on an error by Chipper
Jones at third. The Expos got RBI singles from Terrmel Sledge in
the fourth and Jose Vidro in the seventh, and Everett hit his
second home run of the season in the eighth, a drive off Juan
Green came out of the game after the first inning because
of a strained back. He was replaced at second by Jesse Garcia. "He
couldn't breathe," said Cox. ... Everett's homer was just the
second the Expos have hit in 15 games in Hiram Bithorn Stadium this
year. ... Atlanta 1B Adam LaRoche made a nifty backhanded, twisting
grab of a hard grounder hit by Sledge in the eighth.