This time, Atlanta takes 2 of 3 vs. Florida

MIAMI (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves accomplished two feats Sunday:
They won a series from the Florida Marlins for the second weekend
in a row, and they scored against Dontrelle Willis.

Mark DeRosa homered for the first earned run off Willis this
season, and J.D. Drew's bases-loaded triple off Tommy Phelps. broke
a tie in the seventh inning to help the Braves win 7-2.

Atlanta took two of three games in the series and is 5-1 against
the Marlins as both teams head west this week.

"It's a big game for us," DeRosa said. "It's real early in
the season, but it's a game that puts us on the flight to San
Francisco with a smile on our face."

Florida is 11-1 in its other games, against Philadelphia and
Montreal. The Marlins still lead the NL East, with the Braves two
games back.

"They're not beating the heck out of us," Florida manager Jack
McKeon said. "I don't think anybody's intimidated. They're getting
the breaks, and we're not."

Willis, who won his first three starts, departed after six
innings with the score 2-all. His ERA rose to 0.71, and he went
0-for-2 at the plate to drop his batting average to .545.

"I definitely wasn't at my best, and they did a great job
exploiting it," he said. "I did the best I could to keep us in
the ballgame."

Atlanta quickly blew it open once he left. DeRosa led off the
seventh with a single against Nate Bump (0-1), Andruw Jones doubled
and Julio Franco was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Drew greeted Phelps with a drive to the wall in center field and
scored when second baseman Luis Castillo mishandled the relay. The
triple improved Drew's average to .150 (3-for-20) with runners in
scoring position.

"Anytime you get into the bullpen, you never know what's going
to happen," Drew said. "Dontrelle is definitely a tough guy to
face, so it's nice to get him out of the game."

DeRosa also had three RBI, scored twice and went 3-for-4. John
Thomson (2-1) allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings.

Willis allowed no earned runs in his first 19 2-3 innings this
season, but that streak ended with a homer by the second batter,

The Braves scored again in the second inning on a single by
Johnny Estrada, a walk to Rafael Furcal and a two-out single by

Willis threw 52 pitches in the first two innings but trailed
only 2-0 because he stranded four runners. He pitched out of a
bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

"It was one of those games where I was just erratic early," he

Juan Pierre went 4-for-5 for Florida. He tripled with two out in
the fifth and scored on Castillo's single.

Teammate Alex Gonzalez earned his first RBI in 56 at-bats this
season with a two-out single in the second.<

^Notes:@ 1B Julio Franco didn't accompany the Braves to San
Francisco. He has been battling an inner-ear infection, plans to
see a specialist in South Florida and hopes to join the team Monday
night. ... DeRosa's homer was the first earned run allowed by
Willis in 27 2-3 innings dating back to Sept. 23. ... Marlins RHP
Carl Pavano departed before the game to catch a flight to Colorado,
where he's scheduled to start Monday. ... Three-fourths of the Big
Red Machine's infield attended the game: Joe Morgan, Dave
Concepcion and Tony Perez, a Marlins executive.