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Thanks to Braves, Willis unlucky in bid for 13th win

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MIAMI -- Even Dontrelle Willis couldn't stop the Atlanta Braves, at least not the second time around.

Marcus Giles homered and Atlanta spoiled Willis' bid to become the first 13-game winner in the major leagues, beating the Florida Marlins 9-1 Tuesday night for its fifth straight victory.

Jorge Sosa (4-1) held Florida to four hits -- including Carlos Delgado's 15th homer -- in six crisp innings for his second win in four starts since moving into Atlanta's rotation June 14.

Willis beat the Braves 8-0 in Atlanta for his NL-leading 12th win last Thursday, but they jumped on him early this time and finished with three triples.

"Obviously, it's great to pick up a win against that quality of a pitcher, but the nice thing about it was that we made the adjustments," Giles said. "He stuck it to us pretty good the last time in Atlanta."

The left-hander allowed two runs in the first and fell behind 4-0 by the fourth. Willis gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings, raising his ERA from 1.76 to 2.04.

"I gave up a lot early and once we fell in the hole, that guy over there, Sosa, he threw the ball well," Willis said.

Giles' homer was the first allowed by Willis (12-3) in 12 starts since April 23.

"A lot of people haven't been hitting him lately, including us," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Sometimes it works out where a really good pitcher has an off night."

Julio Franco had three RBI for Atlanta, which has won seven of eight and 10 of 12.

"We have a lot of confidence right now," Giles said. "The young guys are stepping up and playing well. It's a great feeling."

Florida's Alex Gonzalez went 0-for-3, ending his career-high hitting streak at 17 games.

Rookie Kelly Johnson hit his first major league triple following Rafael Furcal's leadoff single in the first to end a 19-inning scoreless streak by Willis, who pitched his third shutout of the season and fourth complete game in his previous outing.

"Dontrelle has been unbelievable and getting to him early was extremely important," Johnson said. "He was fresh in our heads. We certainly found a way to get to him."

Franco added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. Giles' homer in the third increased the lead to three, and Wilson Betemit hit an RBI single following Brian Jordan's leadoff triple in the fourth to put Atlanta up 4-0.

"I don't have to make adjustments, they do," Willis said. "They did a good job of making them."

Delgado led off the bottom half with his 15th homer, tying Miguel Cabrera for the team lead.

The Braves got three straight two-out hits off Willis in the seventh, including Andruw Jones' RBI single.

"He dominated us last time and we came back," Jones said. "He's a great pitcher, that's why he's won 12 games already."

Giles hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. During a downpour, Franco added a two-run triple off Chris Resop, who was making his major league debut.

The rain caused a 43-minute delay with two outs, Franco on third and Resop behind 3-0 against Johnny Estrada.

Only a couple hundred fans remained to see Estrada hit Nate Bump's second pitch for an RBI double when play resumed.

Atlanta had a rain-shortened 7-2 win Monday when that game was called after a 34-minute wait in the eighth.

Notes

  • Sosa lowered his ERA from 2.97 to 2.78. He threw 54 of 88 pitches for strikes.
  • The Braves are 7-3 against Florida this season.
  • Gonzalez went 19-for-63 (.302) with one homer and five RBI during his streak.
  • Willis made a sensational defensive play in the fourth. He hustled to his left to make a diving catch on Sosa's popped-up bunt near the first-base line and threw to second baseman Luis Castillo to double off Betemit at first.
  • Resop allowed four hits and four runs in two-thirds of an inning.
 
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Atlanta's Julio Franco, who turns 47 in August, hits a ninth-inning triple in a driving rainstorm.  (AP)
Atlanta's Julio Franco, who turns 47 in August, hits a ninth-inning triple in a driving rainstorm. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

K. Johnson
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Sosa
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5220000 .232
Kelly Johnson, LF5331010 .256
Marcus Giles, 2B4122001 .290
Andruw Jones, CF4021102 .283
Julio Franco, 1B4113003 .275
Johnny Estrada, C5021011 .281
Brian Jordan, RF5120013 .240
    Adam Bernero, P00000001.000
Wilson Betemit, 3B4011001 .325
Jorge Sosa, P2000000 .200
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000010 .310
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH-RF1110000 .255
Totals4091691411 
a-struck out for Sosa in the 7th
b-singled for Foster in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (12, Willis), Johnny Estrada (19, Bump)
3B - Kelly Johnson (1, Willis), Julio Franco (1, Resop), Brian Jordan (1, Willis)
HR - Marcus Giles (7, Willis)
SF - Marcus Giles (2), Julio Franco (1)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (15), Marcus Giles 2 (24), Andruw Jones (55), Julio Franco 3 (23), Johnny Estrada (32), Wilson Betemit (10)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones (24), Julio Franco 2 (10), Johnny Estrada (16)
SB - Rafael Furcal (27, 2nd base off Resop/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Giles-Franco, Betemit-Giles-Franco
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Sosa (W,4-1) 6411221 2.78
Kevin Gryboski 1000100 1.69
Blaine Boyer 0.2100110 1.17
John Foster (H,7) 0.1000010 3.00
Adam Bernero 1100000 6.10
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 88-54, Kevin Gryboski 9-5, Blaine Boyer 19-11, John Foster 5-3, Adam Bernero 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 10-5, Kevin Gryboski 2-0, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Adam Bernero 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 23, Kevin Gryboski 3, Blaine Boyer 4, John Foster 1, Adam Bernero 4
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4020000 .255
Luis Castillo, 2B2000200 .314
Miguel Cabrera, LF4020024 .336
Carlos Delgado, 1B4111024 .312
Mike Lowell, 3B3000101 .222
Paul Lo Duca, C4010001 .298
Jeff Conine, RF3000101 .260
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000002 .275
Dontrelle Willis, P2000000 .250
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1000000 .344
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Nate Bump, P0000000 .000
Totals311614413 
a-grounded out for Riedling in the 8th
Batting
3B - Juan Pierre (7, Sosa)
HR - Carlos Delgado (15, Sosa)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (56)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Willis-Castillo
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,12-3) 71155131 2.04
John Riedling 1000010 7.06
Chris Resop 0.2444000 54.00
Nate Bump 0.1100000 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 104-67, John Riedling 11-7, Chris Resop 20-12, Nate Bump 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-9, John Riedling 1-1, Nate Bump 1-0
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 32, John Riedling 3, Chris Resop 6, Nate Bump 2
Game Information
Attendance - 20129
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman