Braves' Martinez Scores Record


Dennis Martinez became the winningest Latin pitcher in baseball history when Chipper Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning to of the Atlanta Braves' 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.

Martinez (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth to break Juan Marichal's record of 243 wins at the same park where Marichal starred for the Giants.

Barry Bonds hit two home runs and drove in four runs for San Francisco, which lost its fourth straight game to remain two games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.

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  • With one out in the ninth, Gerald Williams singled and Ozzie Guillen doubled off Jose Mesa (2-2). One out later, Jones ripped a base hit to center to make it 7-5.

    Jones went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first and Andres Galarraga and Michael Tucker also homered for the Braves, who won their fourth straight.

    Kerry Lightenberg pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

    Martinez, 43, tied Marichal on June 2 when he shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0. In a 22-year career with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle and Atlanta, Martinez has a 244-189 record. The four-time All-Star pitched a perfect game for the Expos in 1991 against Los Angeles.

    Marichal, a native of the Dominican Republic, posted a 243-142 record in a 16-year Hall of Fame career from 1960-1975, winning 238 games during 14 years with San Francisco.

    After Tucker's solo homer gave Atlanta a 5-4 lead in the seventh, the Giants tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Jeff Kents sacrifice fly.

    Jones hit his 28th home run in the first inning off Giants starter Mark Gardner to score Guillen, who walked to lead off the game.

    Bonds followed in the bottom of the inning with his 22nd home run, a solo shot into the right field seats, to close the gap to 2-1.

    Galarraga's two-run homer in the third inning, his 36th, sailed over the right-center fence and the outstretched leap by Ellis Burks.

    Bonds hit his second homer, a three-run shot off John Smoltz that tied the game at 4-4, in the third. Stan Javier singled and Ellis Burks walked before Bonds' rising liner over the right field fence. It was Bonds' first two-homer game this season. He has 32 multi-homer games in his career.

    Gardner, who allowed five runs on four hits in seven innings, gave up the solo shot to Tucker in the seventh. It was Tucker's 11th homer.

    Smoltz allowed five runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings for the Braves. He struck out nine.

    Notes

  • The Giants hosted their fifth annual "Until There's A Cure: day, a benefit to raise money to help fight AIDS. KC and The Sunshine Band gave a concert before the game, and sections of the AIDS memorial quilt were displayed on the field.
  • On "Until There's A Cure" day two years ago, Shawn Estes bested Smoltz and the Giants won 10-3.
  • Chipper Jones homered in two games against the Giants, after entering the series with a 16-game home-run drought.
  • A stubborn pigeon spent part of the game on the field, despite teasing by a number of players, including Bonds.
  • Bonds now has 397 career home runs. He has eight each off of Smoltz and Braves right-hander Greg Maddux .

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