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Lopez delivers big hit in five-run first inning

MONTREAL (AP) -- Javy Lopez's bases-loaded triple keyed a
five-run first inning and Andruw Jones had four hits and three RBI
as the Atlanta Braves routed the Montreal Expos 15-4 Saturday
night.

Gary Sheffield had three hits -- including his 25th homer -- and
three RBI for Atlnta, which tied a season-high with 18 hits.

Lopez, who also singled, is 18-for-34 (.529) with 18 RBI over
the course of a nine-game hitting streak.

Making his first start in Montreal since he joined Atlanta,
Shane Reynolds (8-5) got plenty of offensive support on the way to
his third win in four starts.

Reynolds allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings,
improving to 6-0 in nine appearances at Olympic Stadium.

The Braves, who had 17 hits a night earlier, have won 16 of 20.

Atlanta, which lost 9-8 in 11 innings Friday after blowing a
six-run lead, got to Zach Day (4-4) right off the bat, building a
6-0 lead after two innings.

Expos reliever Eric Knott left the game after he was struck on
the left hand by Sheffield's liner back to the mound in the sixth.
Knott suffered a bruised left middle finger and was not sent for
X-rays.

Rafael Furcal scored from third on the play, and Sheffield
advanced to second when shortstop Orlando Cabrera threw wildly past
catcher Michael Barrett for an error.

Jones added an RBI single later in the inning to make it 8-3.
Pinch-hitter Matt Franco's two-run single capped a six-run eighth
against Hector Almonte to make it 14-3.

Cabrera tied his career high with his 14th homer off Trey Hodges
in the bottom half.

Montreal ended a three-game winning streak.

Day, activated from the 15-day disabled list to make his first
start since May 28, hit Marcus Giles and Sheffield with consecutive
pitches one out into the first. Chipper Jones singled to load the
bases and Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly to center put Atlanta up 1-0.

Robert Fick hit a long foul down the right-field line before
drawing a walk to load the bases again.

Lopez hit a shallow fly which bounced over right fielder
Vladimir Guerrero.

By the time Guerrero retrieved the ball, the Braves added three
more runs and Lopez was well on the way to his third triple of the
season.

Reynolds added an RBI single to make it 5-0 and Sheffield hit
his 25th homer with one out in the second, increasing the lead to
six.

Day, who made two rehab starts with Class-A Brevard County after
recovering from a shoulder inflammation, allowed five hits and six
runs in two innings.

The Expos got four straight hits off Reynolds to begin the
fourth. Guerrero fouled a ball off the stadium's roof, which was
dropped by Furcal after he jumped in front of third baseman Vinny
Castilla.

Guerrero then singled and Brad Wilkerson hit his 12th homer to
make it 6-2. Wil Cordero and Ron Calloway singled before Cordero
scored from third on Barrett's RBI grounder.

Game notes
Home plate umpire Eric Cooper warned both benches after
Sheffield was hit in the first. ... Reynolds was 5-0 with a 2.72
ERA in eight games in Montreal with Houston from 1992-2002.