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Glavine hasn't allowed an Expos run in 32 innings

5/27/2002

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tom Glavine is pitching so well he's even helping
his teammates find a comfort zone at the plate.

Glavine pitched a five-hitter and Rafael Furcal drove in two
runs, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Montreal Expos 5-1
Monday.

Glavine (8-2) extended his scoreless streak against the Expos to
32 innings before Jose Vidro hit a solo home run with one out in
the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Glavine hadn't
allowed a run to Montreal since Aug. 29, 2001.

Atlanta won for the third time in four games to move into a tie
atop the National League East with the New York Mets, who lost 5-3 Monday to the
Florida Marlins.

``Right now, Glavine is pitching very great,'' Furcal said.
``The way he's pitching, I know he only needs a couple of runs.
That makes me more relaxed at the plate.''

Glavine struck out eight, didn't issue a walk and lowered his
ERA to a major league-leading 1.59. Just two Montreal baserunners
reached second base through the eighth inning.

``I don't know to explain it,'' Glavine said about his success
against the Expos. ``The bottom line is still winning. It doesn't
matter how you do it. I think over the last year, I've learned a
lot. I've learned about how to get guys out.''

The Braves scored four times in the third against Tony Armas
(5-6). After Wes Helms walked and Javy Lopez singled to right,
Glavine's sacrifice moved them to second and third. Furcal hit a
fly ball off the left-field wall to score both, and after Keith
Lockhart singled, Furcal scored on Darren Bragg's sacrifice fly.

Chipper Jones' first triple of the season brought Lockhart home
with the fourth run.

Atlanta added an insurance run in the sixth. Andruw Jones and
Vinny Castilla hit back-to-back singles, and Wes Helms drove Jones
in with a sacrifice fly.

``Not what I call a solid approach,'' Montreal manager Frank
Robinson said of his team's hitting. ``Some of the guys had some
good swings, but not that really good, solid foundation.''

Glavine also gave up singles to Michael Barrett and Mike
Mordecai in the third, a single to Orlando Cabrera in the fifth and
a double to Wil Cordero in the seventh.

``I don't know what to do,'' Mordecai said. ``He just nitpicks,
nitpicks, nitpicks. He'll give you something to hit, but usually
it's not in the middle of the plate. When he gets rolling, he's
hard to get.''

Vidro hit an inside changeup for his fifth home run of the
season. It's the second time in three days he's waited until the
ninth inning to extend his hitting streak; he did it against
Philadelphia's Jose Mesa on Saturday.

``A hitting streak like the one I have right now, you don't want
to go 0-for-3 and have to face a guy like that,'' Vidro said. ``I
just tried to stay patient and wait for a mistake.''

Game notes
The game was stopped at 3 p.m. during the seventh-inning
stretch for National Moment of Remembrance. ``Taps'' was played
over the public address system, and on the video screen, a scene of
soldiers placing American flags in a cemetery played. ... Lockhart
got his second consecutive start and went 1-for-4. ... Atlanta right fielder Gary
Sheffield missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained
hamstring.