After embarrassing loss, Braves go to work early vs. Penny

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves didn't take long to shrug off

their lopsided loss.

Chipper Jones had a two-run single and Andruw Jones followed

with a two-run double in the first inning as the Braves bounced

back from their worst loss in three seasons with a 13-4 victory

over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

"What happened yesterday is over with. It's about showing

people we can do it,'' Andruw Jones said.

After Atlanta ace Greg Maddux was pounded for three homers and

nine runs in only two innings of a 17-1 loss Saturday night, the

Braves responded quickly against Florida starter Brad Penny (0-1).

"It was sort of the reversal of yesterday,'' Braves manager

Bobby Cox said. "We got all the hitting. We hit the ball hard all

day long. It felt good to get a lead early.''

Rafael Furcal went 4-for-5, scored two runs and drove in another

and Andruw Jones went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs as Atlanta

picked up only its second win in six games this season.

Robert Fick added a two-run homer, his first with the Braves,

and Gary Sheffield also hit a two-run shot.

Braves rookie Horacio Ramirez (1-1) earned his first career win

in his second start. The left-hander went six innings and allowed

four runs -- three earned -- and six hits. He finished strong,

retiring eight Marlins in a row.

"I didn't have my best stuff but I held them off for six

innings,'' Ramirez said. "The first couple of innings I was having

problems for some reason, but I turned to my cutter (breaking ball)

after that and it got me out of some jams.''

Saturday's loss was the worst for the Braves since a 17-1 defeat

to Montreal on July 3, 2000.

The Marlins scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI

groundout by Gerald Williams and a sacrifice fly by Mike Redmond.

Mike Lowell added a run-scoring single in the third and the

Marlins got within 6-4 with an unearned run in the fourth on three

Atlanta errors.

Penny gave up six runs, eight hits and five walks in five


"I should never have given up six runs with the stuff I had

today,'' Penny said. "I was a little off in the first inning.

After that I settled down, came back and did pretty well. I've just

got to get that first inning out of the way.''

Game notes
Penny was making his first start after being suspended for

the first five games of the season after hitting Montreal's

Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch during a spring training game March

14, leading to a bench-clearing brawl. ... Florida OF Juan

Encarnacion stole second in the first inning, his fourth and the

Marlins' major league leading 11th in 13 tries. ... Florida SS Alex

Gonzalez went 1-for-3 and is 8-for-14 (.571) with four home runs

and nine RBIs after an 0-for-7 start. ... Furcal's steal of second

in the opening inning was Atlanta's first stolen base of the

season. ... Ramirez, who made his major league debut in a 3-0 loss

to Montreal on Wednesday, got his first hit and RBI in the third

inning. He said it was his first-ever hit in pro ball in some 40-50

at-bats. ... Braves 3B Vinny Castilla made his third error in six

games in the fourth. He made only six errors in 143 games last

season. ... Atlanta 2B Marcus Giles drew four walks -- two

intentional -- and struck out in five plate appearances.