Atlanta rallies from 3 down vs. Expos

ATLANTA (AP) -- Before Nick Green had a chance to even consider
another curtain call after his second three-run homer in two
nights, J.D. Drew managed to top the rookie's dramatics.

One pitch after Green's tying shot in the bottom of the ninth
Tuesday night, Drew hit another homer to give the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 win
over the Montreal Expos.

"I half expected him to come out in the middle of that swing
with a curtain call," Drew said.

The Braves were shut down by Tony Armas Jr. for 5 2/3 innings
and trailed 6-3 before rallying against Expos closer Rocky Biddle.

Green, filling in for injured second baseman Marcus Giles, hit a
tying three-run homer off Biddle with two outs, and Drew hit the
winner on the next pitch.

"Just like that, two minutes and the game is over," Green
said. "Everybody was all excited because we tied it up, and all of
a sudden J.D. swings at the first pitch and it's over."

After watching Green tie the score on a curveball from Biddle,
Drew was thinking about ending the game.

"I didn't want to take anything right then," Drew said. "No
extra innings. Let's go to the house. ... Basically I had made up
my mind I was going to swing at that first pitch as hard as I

After his second blown save, Biddle (0-3) was left with a
6.88 ERA.

"It gets to the point where you think it can't get any worse,
and then it does," Biddle said. "Maybe this is rock bottom for
us. Maybe it will wake us up and we'll turn things around."

In the ninth inning, Mark DeRosa reached on third baseman Tony Batista's error, and, after an out, pinch-hitter Eli Marrero singled. Rafael Furcal popped out before Green tied it with his
first hit of the game.

Green's homer came one night after he hit his first career home
run, also a three-run shot, giving the Braves the lead in their 8-2
win over Montreal.

The ninth-inning collapse by Biddle came after Armas limited
Atlanta to two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was his
first start since being sidelined by a strained right rotator cuff
during spring training as he recovered from season-ending shoulder
surgery in May 2003.

Chipper Jones aggravated his right hamstring injury in the
fourth inning. He missed 16 games earlier this season because of
the injury.

Jones said he hopes the injury is not as severe this time,
though he said "It feels like a grapefruit in the hamstring."

He is day to day.

"I didn't do it as bad as I did the first time," Jones said.
"I was able to pull up before it got that bad."

Atlanta already is without Giles, both halves of its original
first-base platoon and starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez. Furcal and
Marrero recently returned from injuries.

Armando Almanza (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings for Atlanta.

He allowed only two baserunners through the first four innings.
Mike Hessman's fly to center in the third inning was the only ball
the Braves hit out of the infield.

With one out in the fifth, Andruw Jones ended the no-hit bid by
homering on a 3-2 pitch.

Armas left the game after giving up a walk and a single in the
sixth inning. Johnny Estrada followed with a broken-bat, bloop RBI
single to center off reliever Jeremy Fikac, cutting the Expos' lead
to 3-2.

Brad Wilkerson's seventh homer gave Montreal a 4-2 lead in the

The Expos added two runs off Kevin Gryboski in the eighth.
Hessman was charged with an error when he couldn't field a low
throw from Furcal on a grounder by Orlando Cabrera, and Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera and Brian Schneider followed with three
straight hits.

Furcal's fielding error at shortstop in the second inning led to
two unearned runs in a three-run inning off Jaret Wright. Jose Vidro and Schneider had RBI singles in the inning.

Estrada, who was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Atlanta, drove in
Drew with a double off Chad Cordero in the eighth inning.

Wright gave up six hits and four runs -- two earned -- in seven

Game notes
Vidro, who had singles in the first and second innings,
leads Montreal with 11 multihit games. ... The second-inning error
was the sixth of the season for Furcal, who set a career high with
31 last season. ... Andruw Jones leads the Braves with 12 homers.