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36-39, 14-23 Away
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46-29, 26-15 Home

Braves pick up where they left off Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) -- Everything is going right for the Atlanta Braves.

Rafael Furcal drove another pitch out of the park, and Matt
Franco had four hits. Jason Marquis pitched shutout ball into the
seventh inning. Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones both homered.

Atlanta beat the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Sunday, completing a
sweep of the interleague series and giving the Braves their 21st
victory in 26 games.

In the last two games at Turner Field, Atlanta outscored the
White Sox 24-3 and outhit them 32-9.

''This is one of the marquee teams in baseball,'' Chicago's
Frank Thomas said. ''Playing the Braves is like playing the
Yankees.''

The Braves scored four runs in each of their last two at-bats
Saturday, cruising to a 15-2 victory. They put up another four-spot
in the opening inning Sunday.

Franco, making a rare start at first base, set a career high for
hits in a game, capping off his big day with a two-run homer in the
eighth.

''I've had bigger moments, driving in the winning run as a
pinch-hitter, things like that,'' he said. ''But as far as a single
day, this is by far the best I've ever had.''

The Braves head to New York holding a 7½-game lead over the
Mets, expected to be their top challenger in the NL East.

''I'd like to go up there and beat their brains out,'' said
Franco, who spent six years in the Mets organization. ''I'm with
the Atlanta Braves now. I'd like to help us win a game or two.''

Marquis (6-4) went on cruise control after being handed a 6-0
lead in the third. He allowed just three hits, including a homer by
Carlos Lee leading off the seventh.

Marquis was replaced after giving up Lee's drive into the
left-field seats on his 111th pitch.

''When you get a big lead like that, you don't want to get too
lethargic,'' Marquis said. ''I was going as hard as I could.
Whether it was six innings or nine innings, as long as I put us in
position to win, I had done my job.''

The White Sox had a truly miserable weekend at Turner Field,
starting with a 3-2 loss Friday in which Furcal drove in the
winning run with a bunt single.

Furcal turned on the power the last two days. He hit a three-run
homer on Saturday, then led off a game with a homer for the third
time in his career.

''I was not trying to hit a home run,'' Furcal said. ''I was
just trying to put the ball in play. But the ball is really jumping
off my bat right now.''

Manager Bobby Cox added, ''He's the catalyst on our team. His
defense and offense have both been superb.''

Before the inning was over, Chipper Jones added a run-scoring
single and Andruw Jones hit a 437-foot homer over the center-field
wall against Dan Wright (5-8).

The Braves added two unearned runs in the third, aided by third
baseman Jose Valentin's second error of the game. He let Chipper
Jones' grounder slip right between his legs.

Wright retired the next two hitters, but Javy Lopez had an RBI
double and little-used Jesse Garcia singled to center to score
another run.

Wright gave up six runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits over six
innings in his fourth straight loss. He hasn't won since a 5-3
victory at Boston on May 21.

''We used a lot of pitchers last night,'' Wright said. ''It was
pretty obvious I needed to go as far as I could.''

The Braves extended their winning streak to five and won their
ninth straight series. They are 11-0-2 in their last 13 series.

Chicago is heading the opposite way, losing four of five games
to drop three below .500 (36-39). The White Sox were outhit 14-5
Sunday and managed just five runs in the three-game series.

''We couldn't get any offense going this weekend,'' said Thomas,
who started only one game with no designated hitter used in the NL
park. ''Interleague screws up the chemistry a little. It'll be good
to get back in the American League.''

After Marquis left, Kevin Gryboski, Chris Hammond and Mike
Remlinger each pitched a scoreless inning. The Braves' bullpen has
an ERA of 2.43, best in the majors.

Game notes
Franco had three hits in a game three other times, most
recently on July 27, 2000, when playing for the New York Mets. ...
The Braves improved to 12-3 in interleague play this season, with
three games remaining at Boston next weekend. The White Sox are 6-9
against NL opponents. ... Furcal already has four homers this
season, matching his output in each of his first two years. Cox
isn't surprised. ''He's capable of hitting 10 or 15, easy,'' the
manager said. ''Those were smooth, legitimate swings.'' ... Thomas
came up as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out. ... Lopez
has 12 RBI in his last 11 games.