ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcus Giles isn't used to outshining his older
Marcus, Brian and their families spent the past three days
hanging out together away from the ballpark. In their final meeting
of the season, Marcus did a pretty good impression of his brother,
a two-time All-Star who has 33 homers.
''I'm not going to get on him about me,'' the younger Giles
said. ''I am going to get on him about getting punched out twice.
Usually, he hits two homers and I strike out twice. It's nice for
it to be the other way around.''
Giles' first homer was a mammoth, three-run shot in the sixth
that sailed over the head of his brother in left. Brian barely
moved and the ball rattled around in a section of empty blue seats,
having traveled an estimated 441 feet.
''That's it,'' Marcus said. ''That's as far as I can hit one.''
He went deep in his brother's direction again in the eighth.
Brian drifted back to the wall, only to watch another one land out
of reach for the first two-homer game of Marcus' career.
''It was nice to see him swing the bat well,'' Brian Giles said.
''It would have been nicer if we had won 7-6.''
Marcus Giles began the season as the Braves' starting second
baseman, but he sprained an ankle and lost his spot in the lineup.
After a stint in the minors, he returned to Atlanta as a backup
On Wednesday, he was filling in at third for slumping Vinny
''Marcus has always been able to hit,'' Brian Giles said. ''It's
just a matter of him getting comfortable at the plate.''
The Braves stretched their lead in the NL East to 19 games over
Philadelphia, which lost to Montreal 8-5. Atlanta's magic number
stands at six, meaning they could clinch as soon as Sunday.
Bragg, filling in for Sheffield, led off with a homer that
barely cleared the wall in right, his second of the season.
It turned out to be a critical error. Mark DeRosa followed with
a single to center and Giles connected with a hanging slider on a
Giles' second homer came off Mike Lincoln. Blanco, playing for
Lopez, went back-to-back, following with a drive over the
Moss finished his night with a flourish, pitching around a
throwing error by shortstop Rafael Furcal that left runners at
second and third with one out.
Jason Kendall struck out swinging and Brian Giles -- unable to
match his kid brother -- took a called third strike.
Giles also struck out with two on to end the fifth.
That was indicative of the entire series for the Pirates, who
were 0-for-23 with runners in scoring position. In the past 10
games, Pittsburgh is batting .116 (11-of-95) in those situations.
Moss, on the other hand, thrives when runners are on base. The
fourth was his only 1-2-3 inning, but he left 10 runners stranded.
''I think I concentrate a little more when guys are on base,''
said Moss, who gave up only four hits but walked five. ''I kind of
kick myself in the butt for getting in those situations.''
Wells gave up seven hits in six innings, but only one earned
The game drew only 19,525, the second-smallest crowd in
Turner Field history. The record low was set Tuesday night. ...
Atlanta matched its win total (88) from the previous season with 24
games remaining. ... The Braves have four pitchers with at least 10
wins for the first time since 1999. ... Tony Alvarez and J.J. Davis
made their big league debuts for the Pirates, both as
pinch-hitters. ... There were five errors in the game, including
two by Reese. The second baseman also bruised his right knee on a
slide in the seventh, forcing him to leave the game. He was day to
day. ... Glavine has Atlanta's only complete-game shutout this
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