Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 8/10)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 10
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 11
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Game 3: Thursday, August 12
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Brewers 3

(53-58, 25-31 away)

Braves 2

(63-48, 30-23 home)

    7:35 PM ET, August 10, 2004

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: M. Adams (2-1)

    L: T. Martin (0-2)

    S: D. Kolb (32)

    Magruder's homer beats Braves

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Little-used reserve Chris Magruder found the perfect time for his first NL home run.

    After entering as part of a double switch in the ninth inning, Magruder homered leading off the 10th to send the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

    The Brewers rallied from two runs down to snap the Braves' five-game winning streak. It was only their third loss in the past 17 games.

    "It's only one game," Atlanta center fielder Andruw Jones said.

    Tom Martin (0-2) came on to pitch in the 10th, and Magruder hit a 2-1 pitch into the seats in left for his first homer since last September. He had seven in parts of three seasons in the American League, but has spent most of 2004 with Triple-A Indianapolis and has only two starts with the Brewers.

    His latest call-up came Aug. 4.

    "If I lead off the 10th inning, I'm looking for a base hit, not a home run," Magruder said. "I got a base hit, and it happened to be for four bases. But I don't consider myself a home run hitter."

    Jon Adams (2-1) pitched out of a two-on jam in the ninth by striking out Chipper Jones and got the win. Dan Kolb earned his 32nd save in 34 chances as Milwaukee won its second straight after losing five in a row.

    "We needed a win and we got it," Adams said. "Everybody in baseball knows about Chipper Jones. I got ahead of him, and I was just going to try to punch him out."

    Milwaukee tied it at 2 on Lyle Overbay's home run leading off the seventh. His shot ruined a solid outing by John Thomson, who went seven innings and gave up two runs and six hits. Thomson had won three of his past four starts.

    The Braves stranded seven runners through the first four innings and chased Milwaukee lefty Doug Davis, then couldn't get anything going against the bullpen.

    Dave Burba pitched two perfect innings, then left after bobbling a bunt by Rafael Furcal in the seventh. Furcal stole second, but Luis Vizcaino retired the next three batters to end the inning.

    "We had four or five good chances to win the ballgame," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We've been getting those hits, but we couldn't put it together. It was a tough one to lose because we had so many opportunities."

    Davis, roughed up in three of his past four starts, ran into trouble early. With one out in the first, Marcus Giles and J.D. Drew hit back-to-back singles before Chipper Jones walked to load the bases.

    Julio Franco lined a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center to score Giles, and Johnny Estrada walked to load the bases again. But with a full count, Andruw Jones took strike three down the middle to end the threat.

    "I guess we just got overexcited, we wanted to do it so bad," Andruw Jones said. "We chased some bad pitches, and we weren't selective."

    In the fourth, Andruw Jones doubled and scored on a double by Eli Marrero to make it 2-0, but Davis pitched out of the jam. He left after throwing 96 pitches and giving up two runs and five hits.

    Milwaukee got to 2-1 in the fifth when Wes Helms doubled and scored on a groundout by Scott Podsednik.

    Game notes


    Longtime Braves announcer Skip Caray missed the game because of a family illness in St. Louis. Former Atlanta player Ron Gant filled in. ... Helms' single in the second was a popup into short left that Marrero and Furcal let fall between them. Marrero quickly picked the ball up and threw to second in time to retire Helms, who never stopped running.

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