Milwaukee (40-45) at Atlanta (49-37)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Fri Jul 8, 2005
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Usually having 10 rookies on a roster is a sign that a team is rebuilding for the future.

Tell that to the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta looks to continue its recent run of brilliant play as the Braves open a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field.

The Braves, who have 10 rookies on their 25-man roster, have won 16 of 21 and are a season-high 12 games over .500 as they attempt to win an unprecedented 14th straight division title.

Twenty-one year-old Jeff Francoeur became the latest first-year player to contribute to the Braves’ winning ways, as he homered in his major league debut to help beat Chicago 9-4 on Thursday night.

The win completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader over the Cubs.

“That’s what you do at this level if you want to make a good first impression,” said Andruw Jones, who hit his major league-leading 27th homer said. “He’s got a lot of talent. So do a lot of other guys in this clubhouse.”

Milwaukee is coming off an 11-3 loss at Florida on Thursday.

The Brewers won the first two games of the four-game series, but then squandered a 4-1 lead and wound up losing in 12 innings on Wednesday. Things didn’t get better on Thursday.

“This was an ugly game all the way around,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “We made some mistakes that cost Victor some runs. We’re playing some sloppy defense right now.”

Four of Florida’s six runs in the fifth inning off Milwaukee starter Victor Santos were unearned because of a fielding error by first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Overbay took responsibility for the loss.

“I thought the ball was going to take a long hop, but it took a short one instead,” Overbay said. “Still, it’s unacceptable. Either way, you have to make that play.”

Russell Branyan and Rickie Weeks each hit home runs for the Brewers, who lost for the third time in eight games.

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