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Glavine, Braves Sweep Brewers 5-2


Tom Glavine was far from his best, but still sharp enough to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Glavine allowed 10 baserunners, but gave up only one run in 6 1/3 innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Brewers 5-2 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

The Brewers had at least one baserunner in every inning against Glavine (8-2), who got his fourth straight victory to join teammate Greg Maddux and Pittsburgh's Jason Schmidt as the only eight-game winners in the National League.

"It was good enough to win," said Glavine, who allowed six hits, struck out six and walked four. "I was good enough when I had to be, I guess. It was a little bit more work than I would like on most nights, but sometimes that happens. But you've got to give them credit for being patient up there and not swinging at any bad pitches and making me work."

Mark Wohlers pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

"Tommy, even though he wasn't really on top of his game, again pitched a great game," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Under the circumstances, he pitched super baseball. It's amazing that he he can do it when he's not right."

Milwaukee's Jeff Juden (5-4) lost his third straight decision, allowing five runs and four hits in seven innings.

"I thought Juden pitched a good game tonight, but the real story was that we didn't attack the ball when we got men in scoring position," Brewers manager Phil Garner said. "We just didn't go after it."

Ryan Klesko doubled in two runs to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Chipper Jones walked with two out, Andres Galarraga reached on an infield single and Klesko followed with a drive to the gap in left-center.

Milwaukee, which scored just four runs in the series, made it 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Mark Loretta drew a one-out walk and scored on Jeff Cirillo's double.

Atlanta made it 4-1 in the second with two unearned runs. Tony Graffanino singled with one out and advanced to second on Glavine's sacrifice. Graffanino moved to third when Ozzie Guillen reached on a fielding error by first baseman Dave Nilsson. Both runners scored when center fielder Marquis Grissom dropped Michael Tucker's fly ball after a long run.

"The errors are mistakes," Garner said. "Just look at what happened in this series. They played flawless ball, didn't make any mistakes and put runs on the board and beat us. We didn't. We made mistakes."

The Braves made it 5-1 in the fourth when Andruw Jones led off with a walk, stole second and third and came home on Graffanino's single.

Milwaukee completed the scoring in the eighth on Bobby Hughes' homer off Kerry Ligtenberg.

Notes

  • Atlanta shortstop Walt Weiss missed his fifth consecutive game because of a right hamstring injury.
  • Juden's fifth-ining single was his fifth hit of the season, two more than any other Milwaukee pitcher.
  • Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz struck out in his first two at-bats, increasing his league-high total to 65.
  • The series drew 80,006, the most for a three-game series at County Stadium since June 16-18 of last season when the St. Louis series drew 83,842.
  • The Brewers scored in just four innings in the series.
  • Wohlers has walked seven in 4 2-3 innings in five appearances since coming off the disabled list on May 24.

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