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Chuck James had by far his most impressive outing this year as the Braves finished off a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 5-1 win. The young left-hander, who has been criticized for his inability to pitch deep into ball games, pitched seven shutout innings against Florida. James' biggest problem has been not establishing the inside part of the plate, especially against right-handers, but he had no problem with that tonight, working both corners of the plate with great command on his fastball and that excellent changeup. The Georgia-native threw 100 pitches over his seven innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out six to earn his eleventh victory. Peter Moylan has been a little more hittable his last couple outings than Braves fans have become used to, but needed only eleven pitches to get through an easy eighth with two strikeouts tonight. Rafael Soriano came in with more than a little bit of surprise on my part from the move. Soriano, who has been used heavily lately, gave up one -- a solo home run to Dan Uggla -- in the ninth, while striking out two and walking none. Chuck James was staked to a decent-sized cushion quite early against the struggling Marlins. Both Edgar Renteria and Mark Teixeira went deep with a solo and two-run shot respectively in the first inning. Renteria finished the day going 3-4 and behind him, Chipper Jones finished with two hits in three at-bats and a walk. Why do I say this? Because with every at-bat, the two are battling for position in the NL Batting Title race. Chipper ranks second with a .339 average and Edgar Renteria comes in at third with a .338 batting average. The two trail only Matt Holliday, who is batting .340 as of right now. With a 4-0 lead in the eighth, Andruw Jones deposited a pitch from Florida closer Kevin Gregg into the left field bleachers. A good game for the Braves tonight. The team is heading into what should be a fun four-game series to watch against Milwaukee. The biggest story with the Braves for allĀ intents andĀ purposes out of the playoff race, is going to be Chipper and Renteria going after the batting title. Jeff Bennentt was called up today from Richmond and will start tomorrow's game for the Braves at 7:35 ET.

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