Glavine's ERA drops to 1.67 with shutout

MONTREAL (AP) -- Andruw Jones earned a save on Tom Glavine's

final pitch.


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Jones made a sensational diving catch for the final out as

Glavine pitched a four-hitter for his 22nd career shutout to lead

the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Expos on

Wednesday night.

"He does something virtually every night to make everyone

marvel at how good he is,'' Glavine said.

Glavine (7-2) retired nine straight before Vladimir Guerrero's

two-out single in the ninth. After Guerrero took second on

defensive indifference, Wil Cordero hit a drive to deep left


"I was praying for that ball to come down because I knew if it

stayed up he would find a way to get it,'' Cordero said.

Cordero had no such luck as Jones ran the ball down, making a

diving catch just above the turf to end the game.

"When he hit it, I thought it was a double,'' Glavine said.

"He made an unbelievable catch. That's the kind of thing that he's

so good at, making plays that you just shake your head and wonder

how the heck he even made it. But he does it a lot. It was a nice

ending to the ballgame.''

Glavine, whose last complete game was a seven-hit shutout here

Sept. 3, lowered his ERA from 1.89 to an NL-leading 1.67 as he

pitched his 51st career complete game.

"When you're playing behind somebody that throws strikes,

you're ready to play,'' Jones said. "He pitched outstanding. He

kept the ball low, and right there he left the ball up a little bit

for Cordero and he hit it pretty good, but I just had a good jump

and I had it.''

Braves right fielder Gary Sheffield left the game in the fourth

inning after he pulled his left hamstring while running out a

grounder following Keith Lockhart's RBI grounder off Tony Armas Jr.


Sheffield will be examined by team medical staff in Atlanta on


"When I reached for the ball, I felt it a little bit, but once

I started running full-speed I felt it more so I kind of slowed

down and protected it,'' Sheffield said. "It started grabbing when

I stopped but it didn't hurt me that much.''

Atlanta added an unearned run in the sixth on Andruw Jones' RBI


The Braves ended a 5-4 road trip and return home to begin a

three-game series against Cincinnati on Friday.

Jose Vidro singled leading off the first to extend his

career-high hitting streak to 17 games, tying Colorado's Juan Uribe

for the longest streak in the NL this season.

Orlando Cabrera had the Expos two other hits -- both singles --

off Glavine as Montreal lost its 14th in 19 games.

Glavine was perfect in the second, third, seventh and eighth. He

struck out two and walked one in a 104-pitch outing.

Armas allowed five hits and two runs -- one earned -- in seven

innings. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Rafael

Furcal tripled leading off the fourth. Lockhart followed with a

run-scoring grounder to second to put Atlanta up 1-0.

Sheffield then hit a grounder to shortstop and suddenly grabbed

his left hamstring with his left arm as he approached first base.

The Braves made it 2-0 in the sixth. Lockhart hit a one-out

single and Darren Bragg, who replaced Sheffield in right field in

the fourth, when his grounder bounced off first baseman Lee

Stevens' glove for an error.

Chipper Jones singled to right to load the bases and Andruw

Jones beat out the relay to first on his grounder to short to avoid

a double play as Lockhart scored Atlanta's second run.

Game notes

Sheffield missed 10 of 12 games in late April with a

sprained left wrist. ... The Expos will bring back their signature

red, white and blue caps on Sunday for the first of two "Turn Back

the Clock'' games this season. Former Expos Mack Jones, Ron Hunt

and Ellis Valentine will be on hand for the finale of a three-game

series against Philadelphia to see the current team wear the unique

three-color caps along with the 1970 version of the team's original

home uniform. ... Chicago's Paul Konerko and Boston's Johnny Damon

each had major league-high 18-game hitting streaks this season.