Washington (16-34) at Atlanta (25-25)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 47° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Tue Jun 1, 2004
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When Marcus Giles went down with a broken collarbone, the Atlanta Braves did not expect much from Nick Green. The rookie second baseman, however, has filled the void nicely.

Green will try to help the Braves climb above .500 for the first time in four weeks when they meet the Montreal Expos in the middle game of their series at Turner Field.

Atlanta has not had a winning record since it was 13-12 on May 4.

Green hit a three-run homer—the first of his career—to highlight a six-run seventh inning Monday in an 8-2 win in the series opener. He then needed some prodding from teammate Chipper Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton when the fans requested a curtain call.

“I didn’t know I was supposed to go out there until Chipper yelled at me that I needed to go,” Green said. “I hope they saw me. I only went up to the top step of the dugout.”

Green was called up May 14 from Triple-A Richmond, where he hadn’t hit any home runs. Due to Giles’ injury, he may be the Braves’ starting second baseman for another six weeks.

Green, a career .256 hitter in the minors, led the International League with a .377 average when he was called up. He is batting .304 with seven RBIs in 56 at-bats with the Braves, and has impressed manager Bobby Cox with his defense.

J.D. Drew also homered for the Braves, who won for the fourth time in six games.

The Expos, who opened a 12-game road trip, have dropped four of their last five. Montreal has the worst record in the National League.

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4.88 ERA 3.28
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45 BB 70
1.54 WHIP 1.28