Braves 2, Brewers 0

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—J.D. Drew is in quite a groove.

Drew homered for the third straight game and Chipper Jones followed with a solo shot in the eighth inning Friday night, sending the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I’m seeing the ball well and trying to put decent swings on it,” said Drew, who went 1-for-4. “I didn’t have anything other than a home run to show for it tonight. I felt like I saw the ball good and took some good swings. That last at-bat I just tried to stay on top of it. It worked out well.”

The homers gave Horacio Ramirez (1-3) his first win of the season after he lost a career-worst three straight decisions.

He allowed just five hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking three in an impressive outing.

“He’s a quality, young, left-handed pitcher,” said Brewers manager Ned Yost, a longtime Braves coach before coming to Milwaukee last season. “He has tremendous command of the outside part of the plate with his fastball. He’s like Tommy Glavine, but he’s got just a little harder fastball.”

Ramirez appreciated Drew’s excellent defensive play in right field as much as the home run.

In the seventh inning, Drew chased down a ball that Bill Hall hit to the warning track with two on and two outs.

“He got good wood on it,” Ramirez said. “Thank goodness J.D. is out there to make a great catch.”

John Smoltz worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven tries.

Drew and Jones connected off Luis Vizcaino (0-2), who started the eighth in relief of Victor Santos. Vizcaino retired the first two batters before Drew hit his seventh home run of the season and Jones his fourth.

“He threw a splitter to Drew and hung a slider to Chipper and you can’t really do that,” Yost said.

Santos, making just his third major league start, struck out six and walked two while giving up five hits and no runs in a career-high seven innings. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Trent Durrington in the seventh.

“That kid changed speeds like crazy,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

The Brewers loaded the bases in the second inning with one out but failed to score when Ramirez struck out Chad Moeller and Santos.

Milwaukee’s Lyle Overbay extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the second. He is one shy of the club’s National League recordset by Mark Loretta in 2001.

Notes

The Brewers honored Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, the first inductee into the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park. … The Brewers wore retro Braves uniforms, which made it hard to tell the teams apart. But Cox liked them. “Maybe the uniforms brought out the best in us,” he said. … It was the first time this season the Braves hit consecutive home runs. … The Braves placed infielder Jesse Garcia on bereavement leave after his grandmother died. To fill his roster spot, they called up infielder Nick Green fromTriple-A Richmond.

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