Braves win for 11th time in past 13 games

ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcus Giles just kept doing what he's been
doing, and so did Russ Ortiz.

Giles had three hits and two RBI, leading Ortiz and the Atlanta Braves over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 Sunday.

Facing left-handed starter Glendon Rusch (1-4) and reliever
Shane Nance, the right-handed Giles improved to 12-for-20 (.600)
against southpaws. He's hitting .363 overall.

He finished with two singles and a double, and scored two runs.
A day earlier, he hit a go-ahead home run off left-handed reliever
Valerio De Los Santos.

"I don't worry about who's pitching or what they're doing,''
Giles said. "I need to just worry about what I'm doing.''

Javy Lopez, playing his second game since missing five starts
with a strained right hamstring, homered for Atlanta, and Chipper Jones had two hits and three RBI. The Braves have won 11 of their
past 13 games.

Ortiz (3-2) gave up five hits and one run, while striking out
five and walking six in 8 2/3 innings to win his second straight
start. He also helped his cause with two hits. Darren Holmes struck
out Richie Sexson for the final out.

The Braves haven't had a complete game this season, and Ortiz
got to 128 pitches trying to do it. Five of his walks were in the
first five innings, and he now has 20 in six starts.

"I think mentally I was a lot more focused and a lot better in
the late innings,'' Ortiz said. "I was feeling so good with the
first two hitters in the ninth, but you've got to think about
what's best for the team.''

Rusch, who hasn't won in four starts, gave up four runs on eight
hits in 4 1/3 innings, and his ERA jumped to 7.52. He also walked
five in his second-shortest outing of the year.

"It was a constant battle to try to get my pitches where I
wanted them,'' Rusch said. "That was uncharacteristic. I was
trying to be aggressive in the strike zone and wasn't getting

The Brewers have lost five of six, and they haven't homered in
seven of the past eight. In the series opener Friday night,
Milwaukee hit five home runs, including three by Sexson, but the
Brewers have just nine hits in the final two games.

Sexson was hitless in his final nine at-bats of the series. The
Brewers are off Monday before a six-game homestand.

"The off day comes at the right time for us,'' Brewers manager
Ned Yost said. "It'll be nice to take it easy, relax a day and

The Braves took the lead for good on Lopez's homer in the
second, a 376-foot shot into the left-field seats, then put it away
with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Giles led off the fifth with a double down the left-field line,
then came home on a single by Jones. Julio Franco brought home
Jones with a single to right.

In the sixth, Ortiz singled and moved to third on a double by
Rafael Furcal, then they both scored on a bloop single by Giles.
Gary Sheffield moved Giles to second with another single, and Jones
drove in Giles again with a base hit to left.

"This was a good series for me,'' Giles said. "I've just got
to keep it going.''

Milwaukee took the lead in the first, after Alex Sanchez hit a
leadoff double and scored on a groundout by Sexson. Atlanta tied it
in the bottom half when Furcal scored on a fielder's choice by

"We managed a run right away, and that was the highlight of our
day,'' Yost griped.

Game notes
Lopez hadn't homered since April 17. ... Rusch has never
beaten the Braves in eight appearances (0-4). ... Jones, slowed by
injuries a good portion of the season, left after his single in the
sixth inning. Darren Bragg took his place in left field. ... The
Brewers return home for a six-game homestand, starting Tuesday
night against the Montreal Expos.