Cleveland (31-33) at Atlanta (31-34)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Fri Jun 18, 2004
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The struggling Atlanta Braves will try to turn things around when they open a weekend interleague series with the visiting Cleveland Indians in a rematch of the 1995 World Series.

The teams have not met in the nine years since the Braves beat the Indians in six games to claim their only world championship during their current run of 12 straight division titles.

A lot has changed for both teams since their memorable postseason meeting.

The Braves will be hard-pressed to win a 13th straight division title as they sit three games below .500 through 65 games and are 10th in the National League in team ERA (4.13).

Atlanta has dropped four of five, allowing 10 runs in each of the losses. On Thursday, John Thomson gave up six runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 10-4 loss to Kansas City.

“It’s hard to win games when you give up 10 runs,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “But it’s not just the pitching. Defense hasn’t been good all year. Offense has been sporadic all year, at best. It’s a combination of the three.

“When you don’t put any of the three elements together, you’re going to get your brains kicked in.”

In rebuilding mode over the last few years, the Indians are coming off a 6-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.

Omar Vizquel broke the shutout with an RBI groundout in the ninth, and Travis Hafner added an RBI double. The Indians posted just five hits, including one by Matt Lawton which extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Cleveland had won five of six before the loss.

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