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Braves Weather Rain Delay to Beat Dodgers

August 2, 2003

Greg Maddux won again despite giving up a bunch of hits _ to the Atlanta Braves.

Maddux pitched to his own batters to stay sharp during a rain delay, then stuck around long enough to help the Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Friday night.

Maddux said he didn’t recall who he faced during a 40-pitch session in the indoor batting cage. He did own up to allowing a few hits.

``Yeah, I gave up three or four,″ he said. ``Got to get the boys locked in for down the road.″

Andruw Jones homered before leaving because of an injury as the NL East-leading Braves sent Los Angeles to its fourth straight loss.

Robin Ventura, acquired a day earlier from the New York Yankees, went 0-for-2 in his Dodgers’ debut. Los Angeles has scored only eight runs in its last eight games.

``It’s a very similar story. We had more chances to score runs,″ manager Jim Tracy said.

Elsewhere in the NL, it was Chicago 4, Arizona 3 in 14 innings; Pittsburgh 12, Colorado 11; Montreal 8, Milwaukee 4; Philadelphia 6, San Diego 0; St. Louis 8, New York 2; Cincinnati 5, San Francisco 3; and Houston 2, Florida 1.

Maddux (10-8) made it to 10 wins for 16th straight season. He won his fourth straight decision, staying in the game despite a rain delay of nearly 1 1/2 hours in the third inning.

Maddux gave up two hits in five innings in his 283rd career victory.

``You only get 35 starts, you hate to give one up because of the weather,″ he said.

Jones hit a solo homer off Hideo Nomo in the second inning. The star center fielder aggravated a pulled muscle in his right side when he swung and missed at a pitch in the fourth.

Jones flied out and left the game. He originally hurt himself last Sunday.

Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 3, 14 innings

Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI single to win a game that ended nearly eight hours after the first pitch. Arizona lost its team-record 10th straight road game.

There was a three-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field, finishing Diamondbacks starter Curt Schilling after six innings.

Ramirez hustled home and barely beat the relay on Troy O’Leary’s tying, two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning. Chicago loaded the bases with one out in the 14th and Ramirez lifted a fly ball over the drawn-in outfield that scored Sammy Sosa.

Pirates 12, Rockies 11

Pittsburgh rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Jason Kendall’s two-out single capping the burst at PNC Park.

Tike Redman tied it with a two-run triple and Kendall followed with his RBI single. Called up earlier in the day from Triple-A, Redman hit two triples, drew two walks and scored twice.

Todd Helton and Charles Johnson homered for Colorado.

Phillies 6, Padres 0

Kevin Millwood did not allow a baserunner until the sixth inning and pitched a three-hitter at Veterans Stadium.

Jim Thome drove in two runs and Marlon Byrd had four hits as Philadelphia won its fourth in a row.

Miguel Ojeda singled with one out in the sixth for San Diego’s first runner. Millwood pitched a no-hitter April 27 against the Giants.

Reds 5, Giants 3

Barry Larkin homered for the first time since April and Juan Castro hit a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning for Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

Castro’s two-out, two-run homer off Felix Rodriguez gave the Reds their 26th victory in their final at-bat, the most in the majors.

San Francisco lost for only the fourth time in 15 games since the All-Star break.

Expos 8, Brewers 4

Jamey Carroll homered off an Olympic Stadium speaker and Brad Wilkerson homered and drove in three runs to lead Montreal over Milwaukee.

Carroll’s first homer of the season struck a speaker 120 feet above the field and landed in foul territory. The ball was an automatic home run.

Astros 2, Marlins 1

Jeff Kent’s home run and Josh Beckett’s balk were enough for visiting Houston to defeat Florida.

Beckett pitched two-hit ball for seven innings, striking out nine and walking none. But he balked home Jeff Bagwell, putting the Astros ahead 2-0 in the fourth.

Cardinals 8, Mets 2

St. Louis reliever Steve Kline hit a two-run double for first career RBIs in the win at Shea Stadium.

Kline delivered during a six-run eighth, an inning that also included two hits by Bo Hart.

Cliff Floyd homered for New York, which has lost six of seven.

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