Miami (85-70) at Atlanta (97-59)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Mon Sep 22, 2003
  • TV: WPXM, SPSO
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Holding the slimmest of leads in the NL wild-card race and with a series against their main competition for that spot looming, the Florida Marlins close a four-game set with the Atlanta Braves.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Marlins lead the wild-card race by a half-game over Philadelphia. Florida opens a three-game series with the Phillies on Tuesday.

Despite losing 8-0 to the NL East champion Braves on Sunday, the Marlins maintained their lead because the Phillies lost 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds.

After an emotional 6-5 win in 11 innings Saturday, the Marlins were sluggish on offense Sunday, collecting just four hits.

The Marlins are just 2-4 on their final road trip of the season, including being shut out three times. Florida has been shut out nine times this season.

Greg Maddux became the first pitcher in major league history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, leading the Braves on Sunday.

Chipper Jones drove in four runs for the Braves with a two-run homer—his 27th home run—a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. He has eight RBIs in his last five games.

Atlanta clinched the NL East—its 12th straight division title—on Thursday. The Braves lead San Francisco by one game in the race for the best record and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. However, the Giants have eight games remaining, while the Braves have just six.

STANDINGS: Marlins - 2nd place, 11 1/2 GB, NL East. Braves - 1st place, NL East.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mark Redman (13-9, 3.70 ERA). Redman has won his last two starts, but has a 5.72 ERA with 11 walks in that span. The left-hander yielded four runs and five hits in five innings as the Marlins beat the Phillies 11-4 on Wednesday. Redman is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three career starts—all this season—against Atlanta

BRAVES PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Hampton (14-7, 3.64 ERA). Hampton is 6-2 with a 1.79 ERA in his last nine starts. The left-hander gave up one run and three hits in five innings, leading the Braves to a 14-4 win over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday. Hampton has faced Florida three times this season, going 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA. He is 8-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 15 career games against Florida.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Luis Castillo, .319 avg. and 95 runs; Mike Lowell, 32 HRs and 105 RBIs; Juan Pierre, 61 SBs. Braves - Gary Sheffield, .329 avg. and 124 RBIs; Javy Lopez, 42 HRs; Rafael Furcal, 126 runs and 25 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: 9-9.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - C Ivan Rodriguez is batting .462 (6-for-13) against LHP Hampton. … OF Pierre is batting .076 (1-for-13) in his last four games. … OF Juan Encarnacion has one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Braves - OF Chipper Jones is batting .111 (1-for-9) against Redman. … SS Furcal is batting .388 (7-for-18) with four runs in his last five games. … C Lopez is batting .533 (8-for-15) with two home runs, six RBIs and five runs in his last four games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 37-43 on the road; Braves - 53-25 at home.

INJURIES: Marlins - INF Lowell (thumb), 15-day DL; LHP Armando Almanza (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (elbow), 60-day DL. Braves - OF Damon Hollins (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Paul Byrd (elbow), 60-day DL.

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14-9 Record 14-8
3.59 ERA 3.84
151 K 110
61 BB 78
1.22 WHIP 1.39