Braves Rocked: Expos 10, Braves 2

The Montreal Expos sent Greg Maddux to his very first Opening Day loss, defeating the Atlanta Braves 10-2 Monday behind Jeff Liefer's four RBIs and Orlando Cabrera's two-run homer.

A crowd of 40,248, about 10,000 short of capacity, was at Turner Field on a sunny, chilly afternoon. The gametime temperature was 50, with a 10-15 mph wind.

Greg Maddux, 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA in seven previous opening-day starts, gave up four runs in the first inning. He ended up going seven innings, giving up five runs -- four earned -- and nine hits.

Atlanta, which had won its previous four season openers at home, scored in the sixth on a triple by Rafael Furcal and sacrifice fly by newcomer Robert Fick.

The Braves' defense made three errors, two by Chipper Jones in left, and it cost Atlanta a run in the seventh. Jones bobbled a single by Henry Mateo and third baseman Vinny Castilla threw wildly to first on Chavez's sacrifice bunt.

Gary Sheffield gave the Braves quite a scare in the 1st inning when he made a spectacular diving attempt into the warning track, he lost the ball, and ofter throwing it in laid on the track for a few moments apparently in pain. He ended up staying in the game, however.

The Brave are off tommorow, but will again take on the Expos again at Turner Field at 7:05 PM on Wednesday. The game will be on TBS and WSB Radio.

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