Los Angeles (54-65) at Atlanta (69-51)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 18, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, TBS
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Jeff Francoeur is one of the big reasons the Atlanta Braves are heading toward their 14th consecutive division title.

The rookie outfielder looks to continue his hot hitting as the Braves close out a three-game series with the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Francouer homered, tripled and threw out another runner from right field Wednesday, leading Atlanta past Los Angeles 10-2.

The 21-year-old Francoeur has played 30 games since being called up from the minors last month, but he’s already put up some amazing numbers. He has 10 homers, a .373 average and nine outfield assists—one off the NL lead.

“I can’t say enough about the kid,” manager Bobby Cox said. “It’s fun to watch him play. He’s got winner written all over his face.”

About the only thing Francoeur hasn’t done is draw a walk in his first 110 at-bats.

“I got my first triple,” he said. “I guess the walk is the last thing.”

Jeff Weaver will look to win his fourth straight decision when he faces the Braves in Thursday’s series finale. The right-hander is 3-0 despite a 5.51 ERA in his past five starts. He’s received more than six runs of support per game during his unbeaten streak.

Weaver has allowed 36 hits, including six homers, over his last 32 innings, but has struck out 21 while walking just three. He is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two career starts at Turner Field.

“I like pitching here. I like the park in general,” he said. “It’s a pitchers’ park. I can be a little more aggressive here.”

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J. Weaver LAD vs. J. Thomson KC
14-11 Record 4-6
4.22 ERA 4.47
157 K 61
43 BB 28
1.17 WHIP 1.41