Kevin Millwood hit a two-run double on his way to winning his
sixth straight decision as the Atlanta Braves beat the Montreal
Expos 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Smoltz saved all three games in the series, pitching a scoreless
ninth for his major league-leading 49th save. Bobby Thigpen set the
major league record with 57 saves with the Chicago White Sox in
"Obviously with the amount of games we have left it's something
that you can't help think about,'' Smoltz said.
Seeking its 11th straight division title, Atlanta finished a 6-6
road trip and lowered its magic number to clinch the NL East to 11.
"We had an all right road trip,'' Braves center fielder Andruw
Jones said. "We started really bad playing against San Diego and
Los Angeles, and went to Pittsburgh and got beat that series, too.
But it was good to come out here and play three good games against
these guys and make the series even.''
Montreal lost its fourth straight game.
Millwood's two-run double off Masato Yoshii (4-7) broke a 1-1
tie as the Braves scored three runs in the fourth.
Millwood (15-6) allowed five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
He scattered three hits, including Jose Vidro's RBI single in the
first, through the first five innings.
"I was a little erratic,'' Millwood said. "I thought my pitch
selection was OK, but I didn't think I executed very well.''
Atlanta added two runs in the eighth to go up 5-2, but Montreal
came back with two in the bottom half on Barrett's run-scoring
double and Fernando Tatis' pinch-hit RBI grounder.
Tatis returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension
Saturday because of a run-in with manager Frank Robinson prior to
the team's 5-3 loss.
"Right now, we're fine. We're perfect,'' Tatis said.
Vinny Castilla hit an RBI double to tie it, advancing Bragg to
third. Both runners scored on Millwood's double down the left-field
line to make it 3-1.
"We have opportunities that we don't take advantage of, and
they get opportunities and they take advantage of them,'' Robinson
said. "We get close and then we do something to take ourselves out
of the ballgame.''
Millwood is 13-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 20 starts since May 24.
... Expos SS Orlando Cabrera dove to his left to catch Furcal's
hard-hit grounder up the middle and threw him out at first from his
knees for the first out of the seventh.
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