Series: Game 3 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-1 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Monday, May 13
Atlanta 6Final
in 11
San Francisco 7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 14
Atlanta 0Final
San Francisco 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 15
Atlanta 6Final
San Francisco 1
Game 4: Thursday, May 16
Atlanta 5Final
San Francisco 4

Braves 6

(20-21, 9-10 away)

Giants 1

(25-14, 13-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 15, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: G. Maddux (4-2)

    L: L. Hernandez (4-4)

    Maddux on target as Braves bury Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Greg Maddux pitched into the ninth inning for the first time this year. The San Francisco Giants thought nothing had changed.

    Greg Maddux

    "It's the same old stuff," Rich Aurilia said after Maddux limited them to an unearned run and five hits in eight-plus innings during the Atlanta Braves' 6-1 victory Wednesday.

    "You know what he's going to do to you," Aurilia said. "He has great movement and hits his spots. There's a reason he's won so many games. He knows how to pitch and how to get people out."

    Maddux, who began the season on the disabled list with back problems, was happy just to get eight innings.

    "I've been feeling better every time out and it feels good to pitch past the sixth inning," he said. "Whatever feels right I just go ahead and trust it and throw it. They kept hitting balls right at people and didn't get any cheap hits. I'll take that."

    Maddux (4-2) walked two and struck out one. Thanks to a pair of double plays, Maddux threw just 66 pitches through the first seven innings. He retired 13 of 14 batters at one stretch, and improved to 23-12 against the Giants.

    "There's no secret, you just try to keep the ball down and hope they hit it to people," Maddux said. "I had fun today. It's still a special feeling to come to a ballpark like this."

    Maddux got early offensive support from Vinny Castilla and Chipper Jones. Castilla homered and drove in three runs. Jones had three hits and drove in two to help the Braves stop a three-game losing streak.

    "We needed this one badly," Jones said. "Greg never ceases to amaze me. He got off to a rough start this year, but today he was on top of his game for eight innings shutting people down. He's 36? He looks like he's 25."

    Maddux left the game with the bases loaded. John Smoltz relieved him and gave up Damon Minor's RBI single.

    "That looked like one of his usual starts," Castilla said. "He pitched great. It's almost like a routine."

    Castilla, who had an eight-game hitting streak stopped during Tuesday night's loss, came back with his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot off Livan Hernandez (4-4) in the second. Castilla added a two-run single in the third.

    "Hernandez is a great pitcher but he made some mistakes today," Castilla said. "It feels good to help this team win after struggling for a bit."

    Hernandez lost his fourth straight decision. He lasted a season-low 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks.

    "I may have lost four in a row but I'm not going to put my head down," Hernandez said. "I've won four already, too."

    Atlanta scored three times in the third for a 4-0 lead. Following walks to Rafael Furcal and Mark DeRosa, Chipper Jones singled in a run. Andruw Jones walked to load the bases and Castilla hit a two-run single.

    Chipper Jones added an RBI double in the fifth and Furcal singled home a run in the eighth.

    Game notes

    Maddux was bidding for the 103rd complete game and 35th shutout of his career. ... Despite the loss, the Giants still have won 10 of their past 13 games. ... Castilla is batting .292 (21-for-72) on the road, but only .171 (13-for-76) at home. He's 7-for-10 against Hernandez. ... This was the fourth matchup between Maddux and Hernandez in the past five series between the teams. Maddux is 3-1 in those games. ... Giants OF Barry Bonds has walked in 26 of 37 games and leads the majors with 51.

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