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Corcoran propels D-Rays past deflated Braves

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Corcoran got a beer shower from
his Tampa Bay teammates.

"And it was cold," a smiling Corcoran said of the postgame
celebration.

His manager will now give him the opportunity to stay in the
Devil Rays' rotation.

Corcoran threw solid five innings in his first start of the
season and Rocco Baldelli had a run-scoring triple as the Devil
Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Saturday night.

Corcoran (1-0) gave up one run and four hits for his first major
league-win, coming in his second career start.

"That's a childhood dream come true," Corcoran said. "I just
figured I'd make pitches and stay right there on the mound. Try to
speed it up. I didn't want to take a whole lot of time in between
pitches."

Corcoran was inserted into the rotation after the Devil Rays
optioned Seth McClung to Triple-A on Tuesday, a move designed to
convert the right-hander from a starter to a closer.

"Just a very good game intensity by everybody," Tampa Bay
manager Joe Maddon said. "You've got to tip your hat to Corky
going five right there. He went through his thing very nicely. A
combination of good sink on his fastball and a real nice curveball.
He was very composed."

McClung threw two perfect innings, including two strikeouts, in
his first outing with Durham on Saturday.

Baldelli's RBI triple made it 3-1 in the sixth, helping the
Devil Rays improve to 9-2 in interleague play this season.

Chad Harville pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for his second
career save. His previous save came on Sept. 24, 2003 while with
Oakland.

Matt Diaz got the Braves within 3-2 on a pinch-hit RBI double in
the seventh. He is 7-for-19, and has five RBI as a pinch-hitter
this year.

Lance Cormier (2-3) made his second start this season for the
Braves, allowing three runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings. Atlanta,
which snapped a 10-game losing streak Friday, has lost 21 of 25.

"They are upbeat," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "That's the
good thing about this team. They come to win."

The Braves have played a major league-high 31 one-run games,
going 11-20 in those contests.

"It's been hard," Cormier said. "I know it's been a prolonged
thing for the whole month of June. We've just got to keep plugging.
We'll be on top of those games and then everything is going to
turn. It's got to turn."

Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but scored
only once when Jorge Cantu hit into a double play. The Braves tied
it at 1 on Adam LaRoche's RBI double one inning later.

Aubrey Huff put the Devil Rays ahead 2-1 in the fifth with a
sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay has had 10 hits or more in 11 of the past 15 games.
The Devil Rays left 11 runners on base through six innings and 12
overall.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones stopped an 0-for-14 slide with a single
in the sixth. He also singled in the eighth and finished 2-for-3
with a walk.

Game notes
Atlanta 1B-OF Brian Jordan will be out at least six to
eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his right clavicle.
Jordan, who went on the DL last Friday, aggravated the injury
throwing before the game. ... Atlanta designated LHP Mike Remlinger
for assignment after the game. LHP Chuck James will be recalled
from Triple-A Richmond to start Sunday's game. ... Braves RHP John
Smoltz (strained right groin) is scheduled to throw off a bullpen
mound on Sunday. The session could determine if Smoltz will make
his next scheduled start Wednesday. ... Atlanta placed RHP Phil
Stockman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left
hamstring. RHP Kevin Barry was called up from Triple-A Richmond.
... The Devil Rays wore replica uniforms of the minor league 1975
Tampa Tarpons as part of a 1970s turn back the clock promotion. The
Braves wore replicas of their 1970s uniform.