Atlanta (60-47) at Arizona (35-75)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 6, 2004
  • TV: SPSO, FSAZ
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Jaret Wright will try to extend his career-high winning streak to eight games when the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series with the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wright tossed seven innings of three-hit ball in an 8-0 win over the visiting New York Mets on Saturday. The 28-year-old right-hander, who struck out six, is unbeaten in 13 starts since May 22, allowing two runs or fewer 10 times over that span.

“He’s been unbelievable,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Wright, who had a 1.42 ERA in July.

Shoulder problems limited Wright to just 22 starts from 2000-03 before the Braves claimed him off waivers from San Diego on Aug. 29, 2003. He was 2-5 with a 4.25 ERA in his first eight starts this year, but now has a team-low 3.05 ERA.

“He’s been on such a roll,” Cox said. “I don’t know if he’s pitched a bad ballgame all year. It’s remarkable because he hasn’t been in a rotation for a couple of years.”

The Braves are coming off taking two of three at Houston, including a 6-5 win on Thursday.

Eli Marrero hit a two-run homer and Julio Franco also drove in two runs as the Braves won for the 11th time in 13 games.

The Diamondbacks failed to complete a three-game sweep of visiting Florida, dropping the finale 11-5 on Thursday.

Rookie third baseman Chad Tracy extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a double and Shea Hillenbrand and Alex Cintron drove in two runs apiece for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks are 4-6 since snapping their franchise-record 14-game losing streak on July 26.

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15-8 Record 7-16
3.28 ERA 3.59
159 K 164
70 BB 119
1.28 WHIP 1.50