Atlanta wins 15 of last 18 games

ATLANTA (AP) -- Playing the Milwaukee Brewers brings out the best
in Adam LaRoche. Too bad he has only one more game against them
this season.

LaRoche had his first career two-homer game and J.D. Drew added
a solo shot, leading Mike Hampton and the Atlanta Braves past the
Brewers 10-3 Wednesday night.

In May, LaRoche tied a major league record with four doubles
against the Brewers, and added another highlight in this one. He
also had a single and finished 3-for-4, raising his batting average
nine points to .257.

"It felt really good," he said. "Hopefully, I've got a few
more games to come, as long as I don't over swing."

Even without Chipper Jones, who sat out nursing a bruised right
hand, Atlanta bounced back from a 3-2 loss in 10 innings a night
earlier to win for the 15th time in 18 games.

Charles Thomas had two hits for the Braves, including a two-run
single after a brief power outage in the fifth inning.

With Marcus Giles batting, about half the lights at Turner Field
suddenly went dark, leaving left field in shadows. All the
scoreboards -- including the large one in center field -- quit
working, and the press box also had no power.

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos returned after the 12-minute
delay, and Giles lined the second pitch into left for a single to
start a four-run rally that chased Santos.

"Things weren't going that good before that, either," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said.

Hampton (8-8) gave up nine hits in five innings, but two double
plays helped him hold the Brewers to only one run.

"I made some mistakes," Hampton said. "Luckily, when I did,
they were on the plate and a little down, and they weren't able to
lift them. Fortunately, our defense was up to the challenge."

He improved to 6-0 in his past seven starts and continued a
remarkable run by the Braves' rotation.

The starters are 23-3 since Hampton lost to the Florida Marlins
on June 29, with Russ Ortiz (6-0), and Jaret Wright (5-0) also
unbeaten. Paul Byrd has two of the losses, with the other going to
John Thomson.

Gary Bennett had three hits, and Bill Hall and Brady Clark each
added two hits for the Brewers, who have lost six out of eight.

"We just missed the timely hit," Bennett said. "But you have
to give their pitchers credit. They made the pitches when they had

Santos (9-8) was in and out of trouble throughout his 4 2-3
innings, and left after allowing seven runs -- five earned -- on
eight hits. He lost his fifth straight start, but he had been solid
on the road, going 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his previous nine outings
away from home.

"He just wasn't sharp," Yost said. "His command is not what
it was three or four starts ago."

LaRoche got to Santos early, launching a two-run homer in the
second, and the Braves added another run on three straight singles
to start the third.

After Giles singled in the fifth and Drew walked, they moved up
on a groundout. An intentional walk to LaRoche loaded the bases,
and Thomas delivered a line drive to center to bring in Giles and

"Chucky got a big one," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.
"Those are two big runs in that inning, boy."

Thomas, a rookie called up in June, is now hitting .446 with
runners on and only .213 with the bases empty.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead on Clark's RBI double in the second,
and added another run on a run-scoring double by Hall in the

LaRoche added a solo homer in the eighth off Dave Burba.

"The big thing is, when you get the pitch, you don't miss it,"
LaRoche said. "That's about all I got. This is a good time to get
hot for everyone."

Game notes
Atlanta C Johnny Estrada left the game after he was hit on
his right knee by a pitch in the sixth. He was replaced by Eddie
Perez. ... Milwaukee RF Clark robbed Andruw Jones of a homer in the
fourth, leaping to snare a flyball just before it cleared the wall.
Jones chuckled as he rounded first and saw the catch.