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Weaver allows five singles in shutout

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeff Weaver could get used to this interleague
stuff.

Weaver pitched a five-hitter to help the Detroit Tigers beat the
Atlanta Braves 6-0 Tuesday night, improving his record against the
NL to 8-1.

``Obviously, the American League is a lot different,'' Weaver
said. ``You've got nine hitters to work against, and pretty much
every one of them can hit it out of the park.

``I think just the confidence knowing there's maybe an extra out
in the lineup helps me go out there and stay aggressive.''

Weaver (5-8) retired 17 of the last 18 hitters he faced,
shutting down one of baseball's hottest teams. The Braves had won
13 of their past 16 games but never mustered a real threat against
Weaver, who struck out seven.

All of Atlanta's hits were singles, and just one runner reached
third base.

``He's got good stuff,'' Rafael Furcal said. ``I saw a slider, a
curve and a sinker, all down. He was pretty tough.''

Jason Marquis (5-4) couldn't match Weaver's effort, leaving
after the first three batters reached in the fifth. He gave up five
runs on five hits in his shortest outing of the season.

``I just wasn't in the strike zone as much as I wanted,''
Marquis said. ``I couldn't find my arm slot.''

Leadoff man Ramon Santiago had three hits, scored three runs and
drove in another as Detroit won its ninth road game, breaking a tie
with Milwaukee for worst in the majors. Wendell Magee and former
Atlanta player Randall Simon each added two RBI.

``Santiago's a young kid, he's still learning,'' Detroit manager
Luis Pujols said. ``He's not afraid to go deep into the count.
That's what you want to see in the leadoff spot.''

Not everything went the Tigers' way: Robert Fick went 0-for-2 to
end his 18-game hitting streak. He drove in a run with a sacrifice
fly in the first, and scored in the third after he was
intentionally walked.

Helms, who started at third in place of Vinny Castilla (strained
hamstring), had two of Atlanta's hits, but struck out to end the
game.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first, then put the game away
with three in the third. Santiago singled with one out and moved to
third on a double by Damian Jackson. After Marquis intentionally
walked Fick, Simon lined a single off the glove of shortstop Rafael
Furcal to score Santiago and Jackson.

Magee followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Fick.

Detroit added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Magee,
and scored another in the sixth on a broken-bat single by Santiago.

``I haven't gotten runs very often, so when I do get them, I'm
not going to let the other team back in the game,'' Weaver said.
``That put the pressure on them when we got the runs.''

Game notes
Third-base umpire Adam Dowdy made his major league debut.
... Before the game, the Braves honored Tigers announcer Ernie
Harwell, who's retiring after the season. Harwell started his
broadcasting career at Atlanta station WSB in 1940. Tuesday was
proclaimed ``Ernie Harwell Day'' in Atlanta. ... Detroit is making
its first visit to Atlanta since 1997. ... Weaver walked two. ...
In the third, Braves OF Chipper Jones lined a 3-2 pitch into right
field for a single, forcing teammate Gary Sheffield -- running on
the pitch -- to jump over the ball. Sheffield made it safely to
second.