Arizona (16-23) at Atlanta (17-21)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu May 20, 2004
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The struggling Atlanta Braves look to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks as the teams meet in the finale of their series at Turner Field.

Atlanta lost 6-4 in 11 innings on Wednesday night for its third straight loss overall.

The Braves fell to 17-21, the latest in the season they’ve been four games under .500 since 1992.

On Thursday, the team will look to left-hander Horacio Ramirez to avoid the sweep. The Braves have only scored 22 runs in his seven starts this season.

Ramirez has a 2.25 ERA, and despite the lack of support, is coming off a 2-0 victory over the Brewers on Friday. He allowed five hits and three walks in eight innings.

Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez homered twice in Wednesday’s victory.

Gonzalez, who gave the Diamondbacks a four-run lead with a two-run shot in the sixth, broke a 4-4 tie with his 12th homer, a solo shot off Atlanta reliever Armando Almanza, in the 11th. Steve Finley followed with his major league-leading 13th to give Arizona a two-run cushion.

For Gonzalez, it was the 20th multi-homer game of his career, and his second since May 10. The Diamondbacks now have consecutive wins for just the second time in their last 11 games.

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C. Fossum BAL vs. H. Ramirez CHC
4-15 Record 2-4
6.65 ERA 2.39
117 K 31
63 BB 30
1.65 WHIP 1.34