Series: Game 2 of 3

Florida leads 2-0 (as of 9/21)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Florida 6Final
Atlanta 2
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
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Atlanta 4
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
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Atlanta 4

Marlins 6

(75-80, 31-46 away)

Braves 4

(96-57, 51-28 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 21, 2002

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: B. Penny (8-6)

    L: K. Millwood (17-8)

    S: B. Looper (11)

    Penny defeats Braves for third time this year

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Brad Penny can't explain his success against the Atlanta Braves.

    Brad Penny

    Eric Owens hit a tiebreaking triple during a five-run, sixth-inning rally to help Penny beat Atlanta for the third time this season, leading the Florida Marlins over the Braves 6-4 Saturday.

    "Just lucky,'' said Penny, who allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.

    He improved to 3-0 against the Braves this year despite giving up solo homers to Rafael Furcal in the first inning and to Andruw Jones in the second. Chipper Jones added an RBI double in the third.

    "I've had a couple of games where I haven't pitched good, but the team bailed me out,'' said Penny, who defeated Atlanta 7-6 on Monday in Miami.

    He also beat the Braves 2-1 in April and is 4-1 in his career against Atlanta.

    "He was a mess early,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "In the third inning I told him he was doing it backwards, throwing breaking balls in fastball counts. He smoothed it right out and showed me something.''

    Kevin Millar, whose 25-game hitting streak ended in Friday, went 3-for-5 and drove in Florida's sixth run with an RBI single in the eighth.

    "I'm swinging the bat well, not trying to do too much,'' Millar said.

    Kevin Millwood (17-8) took a 3-0 lead and a two-hit shutout into the sixth, when he gave up four of the Marlins' seven straight hits. He was not available in the clubhouse after the game.

    "Kevin was sharp early, but in that one inning he started getting the ball in bad zones, and they popped it,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    Penny escaped bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings to keep the Marlins close. Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.

    "We had a chance to break it open early,'' Cox said. "We hit the ball hard, but they were right at somebody.''

    Millwood, 0-3 in four starts against Florida this season, started his sixth-inning troubles with a one-out walk to Juan Encarnacion. Singles by Kevin Millar and Mike Lowell made it 3-1, and when Lowell's hit got past Chipper Jones in left for an error, Millar also scored.

    Derrek Lee hit a tying double, and Owens followed with his triple to center over Andruw Jones for a 4-3 lead.

    Chris Hammond relieved and gave up a run-scoring bloop single to Mike Redmond, who was throwing out trying to stretch his hit into a double.

    Andy Fox followed with an infield hit, and pinch-hitter Brian Banks singled before Luis Castillo flied out.

    Andruw Jones had a sacrifice fly in the seventh off Gary Knotts.

    Game notes

    Chipper Jones is five RBI shy of reaching 100 for the seventh straight season, one short of the NL record shared by former Giants Mel Ott and Willie Mays. ... Hammond, who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, lowered his ERA to 0.97 in 74 innings. ... Lee needs one stolen base to give the Marlins six 20-steal players -- no team has accomplished that since the 1980 Houston Astros. Castillo, Encarnacion, Fox, Owens and Preston Wilson already have 20 or more steals.

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