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Martinez, Braves Shell Brewers

It was fitting that Dennis Martinez wore a throwback uniform while making history Tuesday night.

Martinez tied Juan Marichal as the winningest Latin American pitcher in baseball history Tuesday night, scattering 12 hits in a shutout as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0.

With both teams wearing baggy replica uniforms from 1958, the 43-year-old Martinez (2-2) got his 243rd victory by going the distance for the first time since May 26, 1996. The right-hander from Nicaragua walked one and struck out three in his 30th career shutout and 122nd complete game.

"I always admired him. He's a Hall of Famer and a great man who's done a lot of good things for baseball," Martinez said of Marichal, native of the Dominican Republic who posted a 243-142 record in a Hall of Fame career from 1960-1975.

"It's a record that's meant to be broken. Maybe another pitcher will come along a little later. There's a lot of good Latin American pitchers out there that might be coming along and do what we we're doing."

Martinez said he planned to keep the old-time uniform he wore in the game.

"It was a great memory that we played with this uniform, we won and I tied Juan's record," he said. "It's a great day to remember."

To get into the spirit of the night, Martinez began his first windup with a high double-pump reminiscent of old-time pitchers.

"That was the key," Martinez laughed. "I was trying to do something like in the old times, the way they used to pitch. I was trying to be a little funny about it, but then I said, `Wait a minute, I better start going my way and concentrate because I'm not going to last long in this game if I continue to do this."'

Martinez has a 243-189 record during a 22-year career with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle and Atlanta.

On two occasions earlier this season, Martinez came within a few outs of tying Marichal's mark only to have the Braves' bullpen blow victories. He wasn't going to come out of this one, however, even when the Brewers got a runner to third in the ninth.

After getting pinch-hitter Bobby Hughes to ground to short for the final out, Martinez shared hugs and handshakes with teammates.

"I think it means a lot more to him to pick up the win the way he did, a shutout, going nine," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's been one of the premier pitchers in baseball for a number of years. It's a great way to tie that record. It's something the club has really been pulling for."

Andres Galarraga homered twice and drove in five runs, while Andruw Jones homered and hit two triples for Atlanta.

"I'm more excited for him than I am for me," Galarraga said of Martinez. "He's kind of a role model. He shows younger plaers that they have to work hard no matter what age and that everyone comes from the heart."

Paul Wagner (1-4) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

Galarraga's two-run homer put Atlanta in front 5-0 in the fifth inning. Chipper Jones singled with one out and Galarraga followed with a 435-shot to left-center.

Andruw Jones' ninth homer in the eighth off Steve Woodard made it 6-0. Galarraga capped the inning with a three-run homer.

"They got their guys on base and drove them in with the long ball," said the Brewers' Dave Nilsson. "We got some guys on base and they got out of the jam every time."

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when center fielder Marquis Grissom misplayed Andruw Jones' fly ball into a two-run triple.

With one out, Javy Lopez and Michael Tucker singled. Andruw Jones' drive then carried over Grissom's head to the wall in left-center, scoring both runners.

Jones tripled again with one out in the fourth, scoring on Martinez's suicide squeeze to make it 3-0.

"I wasn't throwing too many pitches," Martinez said. "That was a big key, too, because I want to stay healthy for a long season. I don't want to pitch just one or two games here. I want to help this ballclub in every way that I can because they gave me the opportunity to be here so I want to give something back."

Notes: Andruw Jones' two triples doubled his season total. Jones entered the season with two career triples in 184 at-bats. ... Martinez's sacrifice was his first of the season. ... Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz struck out in the fourth inning, raising his league-high total to 63. ... The crowd of 39,017 was Milwaukee's second-largest behind opening day. ... Martinez's 106 pitches were one fewer than Greg Maddux used in a five-hit 5-2 victory over Milwaukee on Monday.

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