Atlanta 10, Arizona 4

ATLANTA (AP) -- Randy Johnson doesn't look like a guy who's won

four straight Cy Young awards. For that matter, Vinny Castilla

hardly resembles an eighth-place hitter.

Castilla hit one of three Atlanta homers against Johnson,

finishing with four RBI as the Braves extended the Big Unit's

misery with a 10-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday


Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones also homered against Johnson

(3-5), whose ERA rose to 5.08 in a season hampered by knee surgery.

"He's not as sharp as he usually is," Giles said. "He's just

got to get his work in. There's no doubt he'll get it back and be a

force to be reckoned with."

Castilla, who bats just ahead of the pitcher in the Braves'

potent lineup, became the fifth Atlanta player to reach 20 homers

this season.

"This is a great lineup," he said. "I've got no complaints

about hitting eighth. I'm just glad to go out there every day."

The Braves have 21 homers in their last nine games, pushing

their NL-leading total to 185 for the season. Arizona dropped three

games behind Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

Castilla hit a three-run homer in the second to put the Braves

ahead, and he drove in his fourth run of the night with an

eighth-inning single.

Johnson has won the last four NL Cy Young awards, but he won't

be extending his streak to five. The Braves pounded him for nine

hits and seven runs in five innings.

"It snowballed," he said. "I don't know exactly what's going

on right now. You have to point to location, I guess. Everything

I'm throwing, they're hitting."

Actually, Johnson has always fared poorly against Atlanta --

whether healthy or injured. His regular-season ERA vs. the Braves

climbed to 5.80, more than two runs higher than his career numbers

against any other NL team.

"I'd like to see any pitcher pitch a quality game against that

lineup," he said. "(Rafael) Furcal and Giles get on base and make

things happen. Then they have power throughout the lineup.

Evidently, a lot of other pitchers have had the same trouble I've

had against them."

Atlanta spent the night reaching several power milestones at the

Big Unit's expense. In addition to Castilla getting to 20 homers,

Jones joined teammates Javy Lopez and Gary Sheffield in the

30-homer club. Sheffield also extended his hitting streak to a

career-high 19 games.

It's the first time since 1998 that Atlanta has had three

players with 30 homers.

Shane Reynolds (10-6) was the beneficiary in another night of

Home Run Derby. He went 5 2-3 innings, giving up seven hits, four

walks and three runs -- good enough to win with the kind of numbers

the Braves' offense is putting up.

Atlanta has averaged 6.7 runs in Reynolds' 22 starts, allowing

him to reach double-figure wins with a 5.44 ERA.

"I pride myself on going a little longer in the game and giving

the bullpen a little rest," Reynolds said. "But I'm glad I was

able to battle back after that first inning."

Reynolds fell behind 2-0 before the Braves came to bat. Luis

Gonzalez and Shea Hillenbrand hit back-to-back, run-scoring doubles

into the right-field corner.

The Braves quickly erased the deficit. Sheffield had an RBI

single in the first to eclipse an 18-game streak he had for San

Diego in 1992 on the way to winning the NL batting title.

Lopez led off the second by doubling off the wall, moving to

third on Julio Franco's single. That brought up Castilla, who lined

a slider into the left-field seats, the 359-foot drive barely

clearing the wall to put the Braves up 4-2.

Giles and Jones hit solo homers in the fifth to extend Atlanta's

lead to 7-2. Johnson was done, replaced by a pinch-hitter in the

sixth after giving up three homers in a game for the first time

since May 26, 2002, against Los Angeles.

Junior Spivey, batting .547 in his career against the Braves,

went 2-for-2 with a sixth-inning homer. He also walked twice.

The Braves put the game out of reach with three runs in the

eighth. Furcal had a two-out, two-run single.Game notes
Despite the lopsided score, the hits were all even at 11

apiece. ... The Braves had four players with 30 homers in 1998:

Andres Galarraga, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones and Lopez. ... Giles

has 15 homers and the Braves have a good chance to match the 1965

team, which had six 20-homer players in the franchise's final

season in Milwaukee. ... The Diamondbacks struck out only three

times, including a pair of whiffs by leadoff hitter Matt Kata. ...

Reynolds, who was cut by Houston in spring training, became the

fourth Braves' starter to reach 10 wins. Russ Ortiz (17-5), Greg

Maddux (11-9) and Mike Hampton (10-5) already reached that

milestone. ... Arizona C Rod Barajas took a foul tip off the right

hand. X-rays were negative and he listed himself as day to day.