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Glavine improves to 16-4 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Tom Glavine has always felt comfortable at
Cinergy Field, even when it was still called Riverfront Stadium.

After missing several games with a pulled left hamstring, Gary Sheffield is starting to feel comfortable in the batter's box --
even Cincinnati's, where he's never felt at home.

Sheffield drove in five runs with two homers and Glavine
improved to 16-4 lifetime in Cincinnati as Atlanta routed the Reds
for second straight day, 7-1 Saturday.

The Braves, who beat Cincinnati 7-0 Friday, cruised to their
12th win in 16 games.

Glavine, who owns the most wins of any visiting pitcher at
Cinergy Field, allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to
lower his NL-leading ERA to 1.57. He earned his 233rd career
victory.

"As much as everyone else is looking for the new stadium (Great
American Ball Park), I'll be one who's sad to see it go,'' Glavine
said. "I don't know why, but I feel comfortable here. I like the
mound. I like the backdrop. Hopefully, I'll be able to take it
across the street.''

Barry Larkin went 0-for-3 against Glavine.

"I wish I could figure it out,'' Larkin said. "He's around the
plate, he takes what the umpire gives him, and he doesn't give in.
He's very, very frustrating. If I could put my finger on it, I
would. Probably everybody in every clubhouse says that. You see the
ball and you go after it, but it has a tendency to miss the bat
head.''

Atlanta hit three home runs off Jose Rijo (4-3), making his
first start since May 23 after skipping a turn with fatigue and
some discomfort in his shoulder.

After Chipper Jones singled to start the second, Andruw Jones
followed with his 13th home run of the season.

The Reds countered in the bottom half with doubles by Adam Dunn
and Austin Kearns on consecutive pitches.

Sheffield, who made his first start Friday since May 22, hit a
two-run homer in the third. It was his seventh home run of the
season and first since May 16.

"I've been taking lot of hitting, and I've shortened my
stride,'' said Sheffield, a career .235 hitter in Cincinnati going
into the game. "When I hit ball out on a line, I feel like I'm at
my best. My attitude is I'm capable of two RBIs a game.''

Sheffield added a three-run homer in the fifth. The Braves got
four straight hits off Rijo in breaking open the game.

"I felt 100 percent physically, but I was 10 percent
mentally,'' said Rijo, who is 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA in his last two
starts. "It's hard to win when you make as many mistakes as I did,
especially against a good-hitting team like Atlanta.

"I didn't feel sharp, but that had nothing to do with it. I was
out eight days, and I felt strong, but my slider wasn't sharp. I
threw three nasty ones, but that's not enough for five innings. I
couldn't control my fastball. Every time I threw it, it was a ball.
I kept falling behind with it. It was hard to throw my fastball for
a strike,'' he said.

Kearns made his first start after missing two games with a sore
right thumb. He replaced Ken Griffey Jr. in the starting lineup.

Griffey got the day off after starting back-to-back games for
the first time since returning from the disabled list May 24. He'd
missed 41 games after suffering a torn tendon in his right knee
April 7.

Game notes
The Reds activated backup infielder Juan Castro from the
15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Brady Clark to
Triple-A Louisville. Castro had been on the disabled list since May
29 with a pulled left hamstring. Clark had gone 4-for-34 since
getting two hits in his first three at-bats of the season ... Reds
1B Sean Casey left the game after six innings with tightness in his
right hamstring, which has bothered him for about the last three
weeks ... The last time Rijo and Glavine started against each
other, George Bush was president. That's the older George Bush. The
matchup took place on June 28, 1989 ... Former Braves knuckleballer
Phil Niekro is second in career wins at the former Riverfront
Stadium with 14 ... Andruw Jones' homer was his first since May 10,
when he hit two against San Diego. ... Aaron Boone is an 0-for-12
slump for the Reds.