Braves 8 Mets 0 (57-46, 1st place, 4.5 games ahead of Phillies) The Braves have won four in a row for the third time in July (also the third time all year)! If the Braves can complete a sweep of the New York Mets tomorrow, the Braves will have finally won five in a row for the first time all season. The Braves finished July 20-6 with a .280 batting average and 2.42 ERA for 143 runs scored and only 72 scored against us -- nearly two to one! Hits: Johnny Estrada was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, raising his batting average to .330 and extending his hitting streak to six games, during which he is hitting .480 (12-for-25). JD Drew and pitcher Jaret Wright each had two hits and scored two runs. Wright was also brilliant on the mound, allowing only three hits over seven innings while striking out six and lowering his ERA to 3.05. Wright's ninth win of the season makes the trio of Wright, Russ Ortiz, and Mike Hampton 14-0 for the month of July! Misses: The Braves 6-7-8 hitters (Adam LaRoche, Andruw Jones, and Charles Thomas) were a combined 0-for-12, but at least they put the ball in play ten times (Thomas struck out twice). Line of the Day: Jaret Wright in July: 6 GS (4-0), 38 IP, 25 H, 10 BB, 6 R, 32 K, 1.42 ERA. The combination of Wright, Ortiz, and Hampton make for a good bonus line of the day: 17 GS (14-0), 115.1 IP, 85 H, 37 BB, 24 ER, 1.87 ERA! How can the NL East keep up if those three keep pitching like that? Overall, the Braves were 16-1 in games one of those three started; they lost 4-3 on July 20 (the game I was at!) when Wright pitched seven innings and allowed only one run; the Phillies scored two off Reitsma in the eighth to tie the game, and they won in the tenth. NL East: The Mets dropped to eight games back with tonight's loss to Atlanta. Kevin Millwood and the Phillies beat the Cubs 4-3 today to stay within 4.5 games of Atlanta; maybe Nomar Garciaparra will lead the Cubs to victory on Sunday! Florida jumped to an early lead against Montreal, but the Expos did it again, beating the Marlins 8-5 and dropping them to 5.5 games behind Atlanta. The Expos are now 5-0 against the Marlins since the All-Star break; they were 1-5 against them in April, so a Florida win tomorrow would even up the season series at six apiece. Other: If the Dodgers beat the Padres tonight, the Braves will have the third-best record in the NL behind the division-leading Cardinals and Dodgers.