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Easley homers again as D-Backs sweep Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Damion Easley said he's just trying to keep the
Diamondbacks on track.

Tony Clark homered twice, Easley added a three-run drive and
Arizona beat the Braves 9-3 Sunday to complete the first four-game
sweep at Atlanta's Turner Field.

"I'm just trying to keep the train moving," said Easley, who
has four homers in his last two games. "The pitches I thought I
could hit, I put in play."

Arizona completed a 7-3 road trip with the sweep. The Phillies
swept four games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on May 5-8, 1995.
Before this weekend, that was the last time the Braves had been
swept in a four-game series -- home or away.

"That was probably the worst series we've ever had here that I
can remember," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

Clark, who began the day hitting .164, was 4-for-5 to lift his
average to .208. Jeff DaVanon led off the game with a homer and
added a two-run single in the second inning as Arizona took an
early 4-0 lead against Jorge Sosa.

Clark added a second-inning homer that left him 5-for-5 with
four homers in his career against Sosa. The right-hander finally
retired Clark on a groundout in the third inning, but Clark singled
against him in the sixth.

Clark hit his fifth homer off Chris Reitsma in Arizona's
four-run ninth.

"For us to win four games against a team like that, it's very
impressive," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

The Diamondbacks outscored the Braves 28-15 in the sweep. Miguel
Batista and three relievers held the Braves to nine hits Sunday.

"We all just stank," said Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur,
who was 3-for-17 in the series.

"We've come out and got our butts beat four or five days in a
row. It's getting pretty tiring."

Batista (6-2) gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 2-3
innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Including two no-decisions, Batista has not lost since May 9 at
Pittsburgh. He scattered nine hits in a complete-game victory over
the New York Mets in his previous start.

"I'm doing my job," Batista said. "I'm making them swing the
bat. What's really nice is seeing we are a consistent team now.
We're not winning one and losing one."

Arizona completed its third four-game sweep on the road in team
history. The previous two came in the 2002 season -- at the Mets on
Aug. 3-5 and the Rockies on April 11-14.

The four-game sweep dropped the Braves to 1-6 on their 10-game
homestand. The Braves fell below .500 for the first time since May
20.

"We've been hitting in spots and pitching in spots," Cox said.
"We need to be consistent if we want to win. We're not real
consistent right now."

Arizona matched its best road trip of 10 games or more by
finishing 7-3 at Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta. Arizona has had
two other 7-3 road trips, most recently on June 27-July 6, 2003.

Atlanta finally scored in the fifth against Batista. Todd Pratt
reached on an infield single, moved to third on Marcus Giles'
single and eventually scored on Edgar Renteria's groundout.

Sosa (1-7) gave up nine hits and five runs in six innings. He
struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

The Braves knocked Batista out of the game in the seventh. With
two outs, Giles doubled to left and Renteria followed with a
two-run homer, his sixth, to cut Arizona's lead to 5-3.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks' last sweep in Atlanta was a three-game
series Aug. 10-12, 2001. ... DaVanon, who had three hits in
Saturday night's 13-9 win, had three hits Sunday for his first
back-to-back multihit games since April 18-19 against San
Francisco. ... DaVanon hit leadoff for the sixth time this season.
... Renteria is two homers away from matching his 2005 total with
Boston.