ATLANTA (AP) -- Little-used reserve Chris Magruder found the
perfect time for his first NL home run.
After entering as part of a double switch in the ninth inning,
Magruder homered leading off the 10th to send the Milwaukee Brewers
to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.The Brewers rallied from two runs down to snap the Braves'
five-game winning streak. It was only their third loss in the past
17 games."It's only one game," Atlanta center fielder Andruw Jones
said.Tom Martin (0-2) came on to pitch in the 10th, and Magruder hit
a 2-1 pitch into the seats in left for his first homer since last
September. He had seven in parts of three seasons in the American
League, but has spent most of 2004 with Triple-A Indianapolis and
has only two starts with the Brewers.His latest call-up came Aug. 4."If I lead off the 10th inning, I'm looking for a base hit, not
a home run," Magruder said. "I got a base hit, and it happened to
be for four bases. But I don't consider myself a home run hitter."Jon Adams (2-1) pitched out of a two-on jam in the ninth by
striking out Chipper Jones and got the win. Dan Kolb earned his
32nd save in 34 chances as Milwaukee won its second straight after
losing five in a row."We needed a win and we got it," Adams said. "Everybody in
baseball knows about Chipper Jones. I got ahead of him, and I was
just going to try to punch him out."Milwaukee tied it at 2 on Lyle Overbay's home run leading off
the seventh. His shot ruined a solid outing by John Thomson, who
went seven innings and gave up two runs and six hits. Thomson had
won three of his past four starts.The Braves stranded seven runners through the first four innings
and chased Milwaukee lefty Doug Davis, then couldn't get anything
going against the bullpen.Dave Burba pitched two perfect innings, then left after bobbling
a bunt by Rafael Furcal in the seventh. Furcal stole second, but
Luis Vizcaino retired the next three batters to end the inning."We had four or five good chances to win the ballgame," Braves
manager Bobby Cox said. "We've been getting those hits, but we
couldn't put it together. It was a tough one to lose because we had
so many opportunities."Davis, roughed up in three of his past four starts, ran into
trouble early. With one out in the first, Marcus Giles and J.D.
Drew hit back-to-back singles before Chipper Jones walked to load
the bases.Julio Franco lined a sacrifice fly to the warning track in
center to score Giles, and Johnny Estrada walked to load the bases
again. But with a full count, Andruw Jones took strike three down
the middle to end the threat."I guess we just got overexcited, we wanted to do it so bad,"
Andruw Jones said. "We chased some bad pitches, and we weren't
selective."In the fourth, Andruw Jones doubled and scored on a double by
Eli Marrero to make it 2-0, but Davis pitched out of the jam. He
left after throwing 96 pitches and giving up two runs and five
hits.Milwaukee got to 2-1 in the fifth when Wes Helms doubled and
scored on a groundout by Scott Podsednik.
Longtime Braves announcer Skip Caray missed the game
because of a family illness in St. Louis. Former Atlanta player Ron
Gant filled in. ... Helms' single in the second was a popup into
short left that Marrero and Furcal let fall between them. Marrero
quickly picked the ball up and threw to second in time to retire
Helms, who never stopped running.