Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 18
Detroit 6Final
Atlanta 0
Game 2: Wednesday, June 19
Detroit 1Final
Atlanta 4
Game 3: Thursday, June 20
Detroit 2Final
Atlanta 3

Tigers 1

(25-44, 9-25 away)

Braves 4

(42-29, 22-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 19, 2002

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

    123456789 R H E
    DET 000000010 1 - -
    ATL 00010102 - 4 - -

    W: K. Millwood (4-5)

    L: M. Maroth (1-1)

    S: J. Smoltz (22)

    Braves break though after struggling for two games

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Getting healthy has made all the difference to Kevin Millwood.

    Kevin Millwood

    Millwood pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves broke their first two-game losing streak in more than a month with a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

    Chipper Jones had two doubles and an RBI, breaking out of a 1-for-13 skid, and Julio Franco and Gary Sheffield hit consecutive solo homers in the eighth. Andruw Jones also doubled home a run.

    The Braves hadn't lost back-to-back game since losing their third straight May 14 in San Francisco. Since then, they're 22-8.

    Millwood (4-5) won for the first time in five starts, giving up five hits and striking out a season-high nine.

    ''I think when I was hurt last season, I changed my mechanics a little bit,'' said Millwood, who missed nearly 2 months with an inflamed labrum. ''It took a while to get back to where I was. Right now, I feel like I am as close to there as I've been in a long time.''

    Millwood was relieved by Mike Remlinger after giving up Ramon Santiago's solo homer with two outs in the eighth. Remlinger allowed a single to Damian Jackson, but picked him off to end the inning.

    John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

    ''I was frustrated,'' Tigers catcher Brandon Inge said of Millwood's effort. ''I had several pitches I could have done something with, and I just fouled them back. He did a good job of reading swings.''

    Before the game, the Braves traded outfielder George Lombard to Detroit for reliever Kris Keller. Lombard pinch-hit in the eighth, and flied out in his first action of the season.

    In his past two starts -- both no-decisions -- Millwood has been sharp. He gave up two runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers, and held the Boston Red Sox to a run in seven innings last Friday.

    Millwood hasn't had a shutout since throwing a one-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 14, 1998, but was in good position to do so until Santiago's homer. Millwood threw 108 pitches, 80 for strikes.

    ''They helped me out a little bit there,'' he said. ''They swung at a couple of pitches that weren't in the zone, but that's what you need to pitch a good game sometimes.''

    Mike Maroth (1-1) lost for the first time in his brief major league career, leaving after 5 2-3 innings. He gave up both runs on five hits, walked three and struck out two. It's only his second defeat overall this season -- he went 8-1 at Triple-A Toledo.

    ''What I see from Maroth is a guy who likes to compete on the mound,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said. ''Every pitch he throws has a purpose behind it.''

    Chipper and Andruw Jones had consecutive doubles in the fourth for a 1-0 lead. It was the Braves' first lead since Saturday, when they beat Boston 4-2.

    Rafael Furcal led off the sixth in a bunt single, moved to third on a sacrifice and a groundout, then scored on Chipper Jones' second double. A switch-hitter, he hit both as a righty.

    ''I'd rather they came left-handed but hits are nice when you're struggling. And I'm struggling, badly, from the left side,'' Chipper Jones said. ''So any time I see a left-handed pitcher out there, I'm relieved, to say the least.''

    The Tigers had two hits in an inning just once off Millwood, in the sixth when Jackson and Robert Fick had two-out singles. But Millwood retired former Atlanta player Randall Simon on a comebacker to end the threat.

    Game notes

    The St. Louis Cardinals' flag in right field was flown at half-mast in memory of late announcer Jack Buck, who died Tuesday night. ... Atlanta 3B Vinny Castilla missed his second straight game with a strained hamstring.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press