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Jays Slam Braves With Sweep


Things got a bit heated during the Toronto Blue Jays' six-run sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves.

Darrin Fletcher's grand slam in the sixth inning gave Toronto a 9-5 lead as the Blue Jays rallied to beat Atlanta 11-6 Tuesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Toronto, which has won four straight and 11 of 14, trailed 5-4 before the sixth. After third baseman Chipper Jones misplayed a grounder, allowing Shannon Stewart to reach, Craig Grebeck singled. Shawn Green then reached on a fielder's choice and Carlos Delgado hit an RBI single off Tom Glavine (8-9) to tie it.

Mike Remlinger relieved and Tony Fernandez hit a fielder's choice to shortstop Walt Weiss, who threw over to second baseman Bret Boone. Boone was scraped on the arm as Delgado slid hard into second base.

Boone then stared at Delgado and said something.

"It's not ballet, it's baseball," Delgado said. "I'm going to go in hard every time. If they don't like it, they can get out of the way or do something about it. Just don't run your mouth."

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  • Remlinger then walked Tony Batista before Fletcher hit an 0-2 pitch just over the right-field wall to give Toronto a 9-5 lead.

    "It could've gotten ugly out there," Fletcher said.

    Jose Cruz Jr. followed with a single, and Homer Bush's RBI double made it 10-5.

    After Green led off the seventh with his 27th home run, Atlanta's Russ Springer hit Delgado with the next pitch. That brought players from both teams to the top of the dugout steps, but nothing further happened. In the eighth, John Hudek hit Grebeck in the shoulder.

    In the ninth, Paul Quantrill, known for his pin-point control, plunked Jones in the back, prompting a warning from plate umpire Rocky Roe.

    "They have plenty of hot dogs over there," Jones said. "They retaliated and if they want to play that way that's fine. I just hope we meet in the World Series."

    Toronto improved to 22-27 in three years of interleague play, including 9-9 this season. Atlanta fell to 9-9 and is 26-23 overall in interleague play.

    "I thught it was a classy move by the guys who did get hit, not to go out there," Fletcher said. "Carlos could have easily went out there, and the same with Jones."

    Roy Halladay (7-3) relieved starter Chris Carpenter, who gave up five runs in 3 1-3 innings. Halladay gave up one run and two hits in 3 2-3 innings.

    "Delgado had an idea why they did it," Halladay said. "Then they hit two of our guys. Quantrill hit one of theirs. And if they don't understand that, there's something wrong there."

    Glavine gave up seven runs, three earned, in 5 1-3 innings.

    "Tommy gave up a lot of cheap hits, we gave up two line drives and we gave up a grand slam," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

    The Braves, who have lost four straight, took a 3-0 lead in the first on Brian Jordan's two-run double and Javy Lopez's run-scoring double.

    The Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom half on Green's RBI grounder and Tony Batista's RBI single.

    Consecutive doubles by Lopez and Andruw Jones made it 4-2 in the third. Keith Lockhart hit an RBI single for Atlanta in the fourth, but the Blue Jays cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth on Batista's RBI double and Cruz's run scoring single.

    Jones homered in the seventh, his 23rd, to make it 10-6. The ball hit the top of the fence and bounced on to the field, but second base umpire Mike Everitt ruled it a home run.

    Notes:

  • Green extended his hitting streak to a career high 18 games.
  • Fletcher, who has 11 homers this season, has three grand slams in his career.
  • For the first time since becoming general manager in 1994, Blue Jays GM Gord Ash won't be dumping players before the July 31 trading deadline. Ash, looking to acquire a DH, said the Baltimore Orioles have made it clear that Harold Baines is not available.
  • Dave Stewart, Toronto's assistant GM, said on Monday that he doesn't think the Blue Jays need to add offense and that he likes the ballclub as it is.
  • Before the game, Toronto manager Jim Fregosi picked up a ball and said it was the smallest, most tightly wound ball he'd ever seen. "And they go an awful long way too," Fregosi said. "It's unbelievable. If they had balls like this when I was playing I would have hit 30 or 40 home runs."
  • Atlanta's Ryan Klesko missed his second straight game after straining his back on Monday. Klesko was eating lunch at a restaurant, and when he went to lift his lunch tray and turn, the upper side of his back seized up.
  • Since being nine games below .500 on June 12th, the Blue Jays have gone 24-9 to improve to 51-45.
  • The Braves were also swept earlier this season by Baltimore.

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