Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/26)

Game 1: Friday, July 25
in 11
Game 2: Saturday, July 26
Game 3: Sunday, July 27
Game 4: Monday, July 28

Braves 15

(68-35, 32-20 away)

Expos 4

(53-51, 31-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 26, 2003

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: S. Reynolds (8-5)

    L: Z. Day (4-4)

    Lopez delivers big hit in five-run first inning

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Javy Lopez's bases-loaded triple keyed a five-run first inning and Andruw Jones had four hits and three RBI as the Atlanta Braves routed the Montreal Expos 15-4 Saturday night.

    Gary Sheffield had three hits -- including his 25th homer -- and three RBI for Atlnta, which tied a season-high with 18 hits.

    Lopez, who also singled, is 18-for-34 (.529) with 18 RBI over the course of a nine-game hitting streak.

    Making his first start in Montreal since he joined Atlanta, Shane Reynolds (8-5) got plenty of offensive support on the way to his third win in four starts.

    Reynolds allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings, improving to 6-0 in nine appearances at Olympic Stadium.

    The Braves, who had 17 hits a night earlier, have won 16 of 20.

    Atlanta, which lost 9-8 in 11 innings Friday after blowing a six-run lead, got to Zach Day (4-4) right off the bat, building a 6-0 lead after two innings.

    Expos reliever Eric Knott left the game after he was struck on the left hand by Sheffield's liner back to the mound in the sixth. Knott suffered a bruised left middle finger and was not sent for X-rays.

    Rafael Furcal scored from third on the play, and Sheffield advanced to second when shortstop Orlando Cabrera threw wildly past catcher Michael Barrett for an error.

    Jones added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 8-3. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco's two-run single capped a six-run eighth against Hector Almonte to make it 14-3.

    Cabrera tied his career high with his 14th homer off Trey Hodges in the bottom half.

    Montreal ended a three-game winning streak.

    Day, activated from the 15-day disabled list to make his first start since May 28, hit Marcus Giles and Sheffield with consecutive pitches one out into the first. Chipper Jones singled to load the bases and Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly to center put Atlanta up 1-0.

    Robert Fick hit a long foul down the right-field line before drawing a walk to load the bases again.

    Lopez hit a shallow fly which bounced over right fielder Vladimir Guerrero.

    By the time Guerrero retrieved the ball, the Braves added three more runs and Lopez was well on the way to his third triple of the season.

    Reynolds added an RBI single to make it 5-0 and Sheffield hit his 25th homer with one out in the second, increasing the lead to six.

    Day, who made two rehab starts with Class-A Brevard County after recovering from a shoulder inflammation, allowed five hits and six runs in two innings.

    The Expos got four straight hits off Reynolds to begin the fourth. Guerrero fouled a ball off the stadium's roof, which was dropped by Furcal after he jumped in front of third baseman Vinny Castilla.

    Guerrero then singled and Brad Wilkerson hit his 12th homer to make it 6-2. Wil Cordero and Ron Calloway singled before Cordero scored from third on Barrett's RBI grounder.

    Game notes

    Home plate umpire Eric Cooper warned both benches after Sheffield was hit in the first. ... Reynolds was 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA in eight games in Montreal with Houston from 1992-2002.

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