Braves 14, Expos 2
Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of the Montreal Expos with a 14-2 rout on Wednesday night, and is now 6-0 in San Juan’s park.
The Braves scored 26 runs in this series, and have scored 46 times here dating back to last season.
“We should be the ones in San Juan,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “We’ve had good luck here, we like it here.”
Atlanta got 17 hits in front of 8,534 people.
“I didn’t think the ball would go out of here like it did tonight,” Cox said.
Jaret Wright (6-5) pitched six solid innings as the Braves won for the 10th time in their last 13 and improved to two games over .500 for the first time since they were 11-9 on April 28.
Jones and Drew each went 4-for-4 and homered in the sixth inning
“We want to make people know we’re still in the race. Now everybody’s thinking about us,” Jones said.
“He was really good, that will get lost in the hitting,” said Cox.
The right-hander said that is just fine with him.
“If I get in the game and we score 15 runs, you can forget about me,” Wright said.
The Braves scored three times in the second off Livan Hernandez. With one out, Jones singled and scored on Thomas’ first career homer. After Wright struck out, Furcal smashed his third home run of the year.
Drew singled, Chipper Jones walked and Johnny Estrada singled to load the bases in the third. LaRoche hit an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by Andruw Jones that chased Hernandez after 63 pitches.
Hernandez (6-8) worked two-plus innings and allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks.
“The Braves are a veteran team,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “I’m sure they had a good plan against him, and they were hitting his off-speed.”
Atlanta scored again in the sixth off reliever Chad Bentz on Drew’s 17th homer, and Andruw Jones’ 14th.
Claudio Vargas relieved in the ninth and allowed four runs—consecutive homers by LaRoche and Andruw Jones, and a two-run double by Mark DeRosa. He was replaced by Joe Horgan, who was welcomed by an RBI double from Eli Marrero.
Montreal is 1-5 in its last “homestand” this season in Puerto Rico. The lone win came on a shutout by Hernandez against the Toronto Blue Jays. … DeRosa made two nice defensive plays at 2B— diving to his right in the first to start a double play, and diving to his left in the fourth on Jamey Carroll’s grounder, who beat the throw to first. … Drew is hitting 14-for-32 with four homers in his last eight games. … Montreal’s 3B Tony Batista went 2-for-5, including a broken-bat bloop single to shallow left-center field in the fifth, and is now two hits shy of 1,000 for his career. … It was Andruw Jones’ 20thcareer multihomer game.