Braves 10, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE (AP)—Atlanta’s big bats made it real easy for Greg Maddux.
“He’s a four-time Cy Young award winner for a reason,” Brewers manger Ned Yost said. “You can’t give him too big of a cushion.”
The Brewers did just that.
Home runs by Giles and Jones gave their star pitcher a 6-0 lead before Milwaukee came to bat in the second inning.
Julio Franco also homered for Atlanta, which avoided losing three straight games since dropping the season-opening series to Montreal.
Maddux (11-8) allowed six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one before turning over a 10-0 edge to Jason Marquis in the bottom of the seventh.
“I threw pretty good tonight. It’s a little different when you have a 10-run lead,” Maddux said.
Maddux stayed unbeaten in his last seven starts and has held opponents to 14 earned runs in 46 innings in those starts.
Maddux’s ERA in that span is 2.74 and he hasn’t lost since June 30, when Florida beat him. It was the second straight start in which he hasn’t given up a run, a stretch of 11 scoreless innings.
“Maddux was really terrific tonight, again,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He was just outstanding.
“He had great zip and great location. He was just in charge all night long.”
Maddux threw 88 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Atlanta turned several defensive plays that helped keep Maddux out of trouble.
In the fifth, Keith Ginter doubled, but was out when Keith Osik hit into a fielder’s choice. Clayton singled to advance Osik, but Maddux fielded reliever Dave Burba’s shot back up the middle and started an inning-ending double play.
Maddux kept Milwaukee scoreless in the sixth when he worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
“He can chew you up and spit you out at will,” said Yost, a Braves coach for 12 years.
Eric Young singled and Scott Podsednik doubled, but Geoff Jenkins hit a grounder to third base and Young got caught in a rundown at the plate. Maddux walked John Vander Wal to load the bases, but then struck out Richie Sexson and Ginter to end the inning.
Milwaukee starter Wayne Franklin (7-9) allowed at least four earned runs in four of his previous five starts, and the trend continued as the Braves had seven runs on four homers in the first three innings.
“Everything he threw up there, they hit hard,” Yost said.
Giles hit a solo home run and Jones added a two-run shot as the Braves took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Giles connected for his second homer, a three-run shot with two outs in the second, as Atlanta made it 6-0.
Franco’s third homer of the season, a solo homer in the third, gave Maddux a 7-0 cushion.
“They can blast you, and they did,” Yost said.
Franklin allowed seven runs on six hits in three innings, his shortest outing since lasting four outs against Houston April 19. He had gone at least six innings in eight of his previous 10 starts.
Burba relieved Franklin to start the fourth and retired the next four batters before Chipper Jones singled and Andruw Jones hit his second homer of the game for a 9-0 lead.
Atlanta made it 10-0 in the sixth when Rafael Furcal scored on a wild pitchby Burba.
Since the 1991 All-Star break, Maddux is 134-4 when he gets five or more runs of support. … Before the game, the Braves placed RHP Darren Holmes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and purchased the contract of RHP Will Cunnane from Triple-A Richmond. … It was Giles’ second multihomer game this season and third of his career. His first was July 28 at Montreal. … For Andruw Jones, it was the 18th multihomer game of his career and first since Sept. 25, 2002, at Philadelphia when he hit three. … A thunderstorm forced Miller Park’s retractable roof to close in the bottom of the third. However, rain still managed to fall briefly in front of the press box. … Jenkins left the game in the seventh with a bruised right knee. He’sday-to-day.