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Cox 12th skipper in history to win 1,800 games

9/20/2002

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bobby Cox reached another milestone. John Smoltz
will have to wait to get his.

Cox became the 12th manager in major league history to win 1,800
games when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies
6-0 Thursday night.

"It's an appropriate way to reach 1,800 -- a shutout,'' said
Cox, whose record is 1,800-1,400 in 21 seasons. "The pitching
around here has been so great for so long.''

Tom Glavine pitched six scoreless innings, tuning up for the
playoffs, and Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer that broke the
game open.

Smoltz didn't get a chance to go for his 53rd save. He remains
one away from the NL record shared by Trevor Hoffman and Randy
Myers, five away from the major league mark held by Bobby Thigpen.

Glavine called Cox's record "a remarkable accomplishment. I'm
happy to be part of the game he got it in. It would have been even
nicer if Smoltzie had gotten the save.''

Clubhouse manager Bill Acree had a bottle of Dom Perignon
champagne, vintage 1993, waiting for Cox in the clubhouse. Cox sent
it to his players, who drank from paper cups.

"I thank the organization for getting me the players and
getting me the coaches,'' Cox said. "The manager's just a small
part of winning. Longevity is part of it, too. I've been able to
hang around a long time.''

Glavine (18-10) has won two in a row since losing four straight
starts for the first time in his career. Cox didn't want to
overwork his left-hander with the playoffs less than two weeks
away, so Glavine was lifted after throwing only 74 pitches.

"Tonight was as good as it's been, as good as it can be,'' he
said. "Six innings was certainly enough to keep me sharp.
Obviously, I could have pitched a lot more, but that's one of the
luxuries when you're already clinched the division. You can save a
few pitches here and there.''

Glavine could get two more starts in the regular season. He'll
need to win them both to reach 20 wins for the sixth time in his
career.

If Cox decides to use Glavine in the playoff opener, he'll
probably only make one more start, with a short relief stint thrown
in to stay sharp.

"I would much rather pitch Game 1 of the postseason than go for
20 wins,'' Glavine said. "It won't mean much either way if I don't
win the next one.''

Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones each had three hits for the
Braves, who maintained a 2½-game lead over Arizona for best record
in the National League.

The Phillies managed only four hits against Glavine. Chris
Hammond, Kevin Gryboski and Mike Remlinger finished up with a
scoreless inning apiece to complete Atlanta's NL-leading 15th
shutout of the season.

The Braves jumped on Joe Roa (4-4) for two runs in the first.
Rafael Furcal and Julio Franco began with back-to-back singles,
Gary Sheffield hit a sacrifice fly and Javy Lopez added a two-out
RBI single before the inning was done.

Roa began wearing glasses after the first and seemed to settle
down, facing the minimum over the next four innings.

"The light was a little bad,'' Roa said. "In some parks, I
have to wear them. I told (catcher Mike Lieberthal) I was having
trouble seeing his signs. I had my glasses in the dugout.''

The Braves knocked him out in the sixth. Franco walked,
Sheffield singled to left and Chipper Jones hit a 1-1 fastball over
the wall in left-center for his 25th homer of the season.

Jones didn't realize until after the game that Cox had reached
1,800 victories.

"That's a lot of wins, a lot of successful teams,'' Jones said.
"It's a good thing I didn't know about it before the game. I
probably would have been trying too hard to get it for him.''

After Roa was pulled, the Braves added another run against Jose
Santiago. Pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart had an RBI single with two
outs.

Game notes
Phillies RF Bobby Abreu was scratched just before the game.
Manager Larry Bowa said afterward that his player's hamstring "was
a little tight,'' but he'll be back in the lineup Friday. ... The
Braves took two of three from Philadelphia, improving their series
record at Turner Field to 16-1-2 since May 10. The Phillies are the
only visiting team to take a series in Atlanta during that stretch,
winning two of three July 26-28. ... Cox's record as the Braves
manager is 1,445-1,108. ... CF Andruw Jones made another brilliant
catch to end the seventh, diving headfirst to snare a liner by
Tomas Perez. ... Hammond lowered his ERA to 0.995 by working a
scoreless inning. ... Phillies C Johnny Estrada was back with the
team after missing the last two games for personal reasons.