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Hits and Misses (August 1)

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Braves 6 Mets 5 (58-46, 1st place, 5.5 games ahead of Phillies) The Braves completed the sweep of the New York Mets and extended their winning streak to five games, the longest of the year for Atlanta. Neither team committed an error during the three-game series, despite being among MLB's most error-prone teams (and despite a couple of plays in this game that should have been called errors on the Mets). Hits: Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer to right in the fifth in would would prove to be the game-winning shot later in the game; Andruw was 2-for-4 with four RBI and raised his average to .263. Chipper Jones was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, raising his average to .229. Eli Marrero also had three hits and an RBI to raise his average to .350, and Julio Franco was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to raise his average to .281. Marcus Giles stole his tenth base of the season on a 1-for-4 day. Paul Byrd carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but quickly allowed four runs on four hits before being taken out with two outs in the sixth. John Smoltz struck out the side and allowed one hit to earn his 25th save. Misses: Tom Glavine earned a tough loss after a couple of bad plays in the first and another later in the game resulted in Braves hits that led to all six of Glavine's six earned runs, raising his ERA to 2.88. Rafael Furcal was 0-for-5, including a botched sacrifice bunt attempt in which he wasted an out by trying to bunt for a hit, to lower his average to .268. Antonio Alfonseca allowed the Mets to get within one run in the seventh on a solo home run by Mike Cameron, followed by a walk and a wild pitch, but Tom Martin came in to quash the threat, and Chris Reitsma and John Smoltz shut down the Mets the rest of the way to seal the 6-5 win. Line of the Day: Greg Maddux: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 R against Philadelphia -- Maddux earns a no-decision in his first attempt to earn his 300th win. His next start will be either Friday night or Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. Quoted Line of the Day: Braves Journal: "I shouldn't say this, but... The Braves' magic number is 54. Hee." NL East: If only Maddux had stayed in the game through the seventh inning, the Cubs' 6-3 lead might have been enough to secure his 300th win. Maybe next week! As it stands, the Phillies have fallen to 5.5 games behind the Braves in that game, the Marlins will probably fall to 6.5 games back if they don't come back and beat the Expos, and the Mets have already fallen to nine games back.

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