Atlanta (40-41) at Washington (28-52)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: San Juan,
Temp: 79° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 5, 2004
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The Atlanta Braves are finally starting to score some runs—and win some games.

The Braves will look to move back to .500 for the first time in nearly a month when they open a three-game series with the Montreal Expos in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Braves pounded Boston 10-4 on Sunday for their eighth win in 11 games and third straight series win.

Atlanta scored nine runs in the fifth inning off Boston starter Derek Lowe. J.D. Drew hit a two-run double, Chipper Jones had a two-run homer and Charles Thomas added a two-run triple in the big inning.

“It was pretty surreal,” Jones said. “Lowe was going pretty good. He had a good sinker working that made it tough on us. We got a couple seeing-eye hits and all of a sudden his sinker started flattening out. J.D. got one for the double and I got one for the home run.”

Since falling 5-0 to Baltimore on June 25 for their second shutout loss in three games, the Braves have averaged 6.4 runs per game and won seven of nine.

A win Monday will give the Braves a .500 record for the first time since June 11.

“You’ve seen a lot of frowns turned upside down in this clubhouse since then,” said Mike Hampton, who earned the win Sunday despite allowing four runs in the first three innings. “We’ve definitely had a lot more enthusiasm in this clubhouse over the past week.”

The Expos beat Toronto 6-4 on Sunday for their third win in five games. Starter Shawn Hill earned his first major league win, and Carl Everett went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Montreal.

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19 BB 45
1.24 WHIP 1.39