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Braves Win Fifth Straight

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Thanks†to a five-run eighth inning, and some ninth inning heroics by Tyler Yates, the Braves have won their fifth straight.† With the Mets beating the Phillies again yesterday, this keeps the Braves four games behind the Mets and drops the Phillies to six games behind the Mets. The story last night was more about run production than power hitting.† Willie Harris had three stolen bases last night, two of which led to him scoring a run.† Chipper Jones and KJ each contributed a stolen base as well.† The offense, while not as potent as previous nights,†still managed another good evening.† Francouer was 2 for 5, while†everyone else, except Thorman, Salty (pinch hitting) and the pitchers brought in a hit a piece.† Renteria, McCann and KJ each had a double last night.† Chipper, Renteria, KJ, and Diaz (pinch hitting) each had an RBI, with Francouer driving in two.† Although nine were left on base throughout the course of the game, the Braves were able to pull together a five-run†eighth inning that seemingly sealed the win. But as we all know, anything can happen in baseball.† The Marlins were down†6-2 going into the bottom of the ninth and would have to face Wickman.† What were the odds they'd make a real comeback?† Obviously better than I thought.† They managed to get three hits and three runs off Wickman, who had to be replaced by Tyler Yates to get the final two outs of the inning.† Yates recorded his first save of the year. Preceeding Wickman and†Yates, Soriano gave up a homerun in the eighth.† All of this after Hudson went†seven innings, giving up only†seven hits, one†walk†and†one run while recording five strikeouts.† Final Score: Braves 6, Fish 5 Today Buddy Carlyle (2-2, 5.14 ERA) will face Dontrelle Willis (7-7, 4.83 ERA) in the final game of the series.† Could we have two series sweeps in a row?† One can only hope!

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