MIAMI (AP) -- Once Tom Glavine finally caught Whitey Ford on the
career wins list, the Atlanta Braves ace didn't take long to pass
Tom Glavine hadn't been with the Braves since the early '70s, but it sure seemed that way.
Glavine drove in a run with a suicide squeeze and won for the
second time in as many outings -- both against Florida -- as Atlanta
beat the Marlins 5-3 on Tuesday night, snapping their four-game
winning streak. Glavine (13-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings
for his 237th win, moving past Ford for 50th place on the career
list. The back-to-back victories followed six winless starts. "Whitey Ford, you know who he is and what he has done,''
Glavine said. "Just mention the guy's name and you know how good
he was. To be associated with him is an honor. I would never have
imagined it. It's a neat accomplishment. "Now, I want to climb up the list.'' The Marlins chased Glavine with three runs in the sixth, but
Atlanta's bullpen -- the best in the majors -- held Florida scoreless
over the final three innings. Chris Hammond and Mike Remlinger pitched 2 2-3 hitless innings
before John Smoltz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his major
league-leading 37th save. He has converted a club-record 23
consecutive opportunities. "Smoltz has been really good all year, but tonight he was
special,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. Atlanta, which won for the seventh time in eight games, took a
2-0 lead in the third inning against Julian Tavarez (7-7). Gary
Sheffield had a run-scoring single, and Andruw Jones added an RBI
groundout. Sheffield also singled in the first, reaching base for the 49th
consecutive game and breaking Dale Murphy's club record set in
1987. "He's a great player and now I play the same position for the
Braves,'' Sheffield said. "It's an honor for me to be mentioned
alongside him. Dale Murphy is a class act.'' Tavarez was roughed up for 10 hits, four walks and five runs in
five innings. He left the game with grass stains all over his
pants, sweat dripping down his face and his hat tilted way back on
his head. It had been that kind of night, especially after an
eventful fifth inning. Chipper Jones led off with a walk and moved to third on Andruw
Jones' double. Vinny Castillo followed with a line drive off
Tavarez's leg that deflected toward third base. The pitcher
scrambled for the ball, almost slipped into a split as he picked it
up and then basically rolled it to first baseman Derrek Lee to
barely get Castillo. With one out, Tavarez intentionally walked Keith Lockhart to
load the bases. Henry Blanco then singled up the middle to score Chipper Jones.
Glavine followed with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to score
Andruw Jones. Rafael Furcal capped the scoring with an infield
single that bounced off Tavarez's bare hand. Tavarez lost for the third time in as many starts. "He struggled to locate,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. Florida got four singles in the sixth and scored three times.
But Hammond retired pinch-hitter Homer Bush and Luis Castillo with
runners on second and third to end the threat. "Our bullpen's been doing a good job and did again tonight,''
Braves C Javy Lopez was out of the lineup for a second
straight game with a strained right shoulder. He took batting
practice but probably will be out until at least Friday. ...
Florida's bullpen extended its scoreless streak to 20 innings with
four hitless frames. ... Lee doubled in the second, extending his
hitting streak to eight games. ... Marlins LHP Graeme Lloyd has
pitched five scoreless innings since being traded from Montreal.