Penny defeats Braves for third time this year


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

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

"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

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

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

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

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.