Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/11)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 10
in 10
Game 2: Wednesday, August 11
Game 3: Thursday, August 12

Brewers 3

(53-59, 25-32 away)

Braves 10

(64-48, 31-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 11, 2004

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: M. Hampton (8-8)

    L: V. Santos (9-8)

    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 to."

    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 Drew.

    "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 seventh.

    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.

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