The Braves completed a 4 game sweep of the Marlins and are within 3.5 games of first place.
On May 7, 12 days ago, the Braves were 9 games back. Since then, they've won 9 of the last 11, taking advantage of a homestand against the Marlins and Nationals.
Sosa had his best start of the season, going 6.2 innings, allowing 1 run (a solo homer) on 6 hits, no walks, and struck out 8. Paronto got the last out in the 7th and pitched a scoreless 8th. McBride pitched a scoreless 9th.
The Braves had a 3-1 lead in the 5th and broke it open. Chipper Jones hit a 2 run double. Francoeur hit a 2 run homer, then Diaz made it back-to-back. It was 8-1 and the Braves coasted from there.
Offensive contributors: Jeff Francoeur was 3-4, homered twice (his 9th and 10th of the season), had 3 RBIs, scored 3 runs, and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Matt Diaz was 2-4 with a homer and a triple (that was misplayed by the right fielder). Marcus Giles was 2-4 with a double, walked, and scored twice. Brian McCann was 1-3 with a walk and scored. Edgar Renteria was 1-4 with a walk and scored. Chipper Jones was 1-3, doubled, and had 3 RBIs.
Both the Mets and Phillies lost.
The Braves now travel to Arizona, and Thomson will pitch against Claudio Vargas tomorrow night.