Milwaukee (53-59) at Atlanta (64-48)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 12, 2004
  • TV: TBS
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The Atlanta Braves could be without catcher Johnny Estrada when they close a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field.

Estrada, who is batting .324 with 56 RBIs, left Wednesday’s 10-3 win over the Brewers after he was hit by a pitch in the right knee during the sixth inning. Atlanta was also without third baseman Chipper Jones, who sat out with a bruised right hand.

Even without Estrada and Jones, the Braves had little trouble cruising to their 15th win in 18 games.

Adam LaRoche had his first career two-homer game, and J.D. Drew added a solo shot to help the Braves maintain a six-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East.

LaRoche has feasted on the Brewers this season. In May, he tied a major league record with four doubles against Milwaukee. He finished 3-for-4 on Wednesday, raising his average nine points to .257.

“The big thing is, when you get the pitch, you don’t miss it,” LaRoche said. “That’s about all I got. This is a good time to get hot for everyone.”

As the Braves try to win their sixth straight series, they’ll look for another strong effort from Jaret Wright.

The 28-year-old right-hander has not lost since May 22, going 8-0 with a 2.43 over his past 14 starts. He allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings Friday in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Today is definitely a good day,” Wright said. “I mean, I’ve been through a lot of down times, and it does make it more enjoyable after you’ve been through the bottom of my career.”

Wright also hit his first career homer, and his teammates gave him the silent treatment when he returned to the dugout.

“I thought it was absolutely great,” he said. “As soon as I walked by Marcus (Giles) and he didn’t say anything, I just started laughing. I had to.”

The Brewers, who beat the Braves 3-2 in 10 innings Tuesday, have lost six of their past eight.

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B. Sheets Atl vs. J. Wright Pit
12-14 Record 15-8
2.70 ERA 3.28
264 K 159
32 BB 70
0.98 WHIP 1.28