Jorge Sosa (4-1) continued his good work and this time, the Braves scored runs against Dontrelle Willis as the Braves crushed the Marlins again, 9-1.
Sosa pitched 6 innings, allowing his only run on a solo homer by Carlos Delgado (who has 6 career homers off him). He gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.
The Marlins continued to pitch around Andruw Jones for the most part, and the rest of the Braves' offense made him pay. Andruw was walked on 4 pitches in his first AB, and didn't get much to hit the whole night but dinked 2 outside pitches to the opposite field for an RBI single and a double anyway.
The Braves started their scoring in the 1st inning again. Furcal led off with a single. Johnson tripled to score Furcal. After a Giles popup and an Andruw walk, Julio hit a sac fly to the warning track to make it 2-0.
Marcus homered in the 3rd to make it 3-0.
After a leadoff Brian Jordan triple (!) in the 4th, Betemit singled him in to make it 4-0.
The Braves added another run in the 7th, and scored 4 times in the 9th, aided by a downpour that caused another rain delay. This time, the grounds crew did a good job, and play resumed later and the game was completed.
Offensive contributors: Kelly Johnson was 3-5 with a triple, an RBI, and scored 3 times. Marcus Giles was 2-4 with his 7th homer, had 2 RBI, and scored. Andruw Jones was 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Rafael Furcal was 2-5 and scored twice. Johnny Estrada was 2-5 with an RBI. Brian Jordan was 2-5 with a triple and scored.
The Nationals won again tonight, so the Braves remain 2.5 games back, but in the Wild Card lead.
Tomorrow, rookie Kyle Davies will pitch against Al Leiter, who is just about done. There might be some runs scored.