Ortiz Wins 17th vs. Padres

The Atlanta Braves took two of three from the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 victory on Thursday night. Russ Ortiz got his major league leading 17th win of the season.

August 14th, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 9 2
Atlanta 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 1 x 7 8 0

WP: Russ Ortiz (17-5) 7IP 5H 3ER 2BB 7K ERA: 3.48
LP: Jake Peavy (9-9) 5-1/3IP 4H 4ER 2BB 7K ERA: 4.25

Rondell White homered in the second, but the Braves quickly erased the deficit in the bottom half. Chipper Jones led off with a nice piece of hitting, going the opposite way on a breaking ball over the outer half of the plate and driving the ball 410 feet into the left-field seats marking the third straight games he has connected.

Gary Sheffield took a hanging slider from Jake Peavy and hit a laser beam over the fence for his 30th homer to make the score 3-1. Ortiz helped himself at the plate capping a three-run sixth with an RBI single that gave the Braves a 5-1 lead. Vinny Castillo knocked in a run with a single prior to Ortiz helping his cause.

Andrew Jones drove in his 86 run of the year with a double into the gap scoring and making the score 6-1 in the seventh.

The Padres had two runners on with no outs in the eighth and Bruce Bochy put in pinch hitter Lou Merloni who stroked a double bringing in two and closing the lead to 6-3. Merloni eventually scored on a Phil Nevin single. With runners on first and third and two outs, Atlanta closer John Smoltz ended the threat. Smoltz induced Rondell White to fly out to second baseman Marcus Giles. He pitched the ninth for his 43rd save of the season.

Javy Lopez hit his 33rd home run of the season, and second of the game, in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to 7-4. Going the other way with the pitch, he hit just over the 390 foot marker in left. Lopez has now had eight multi-homer games on the season tying a Braves record for most multi-homer games in a season set by Andres Galarraga.


Atlanta has 18 homers in its last eight games and 182 for the season, on pace to shatter the franchise record of 215.

The Padres signed their first-round draft pick, RHP Tim Stauffer. He went 9-5 with 10 complete games and a 1.97 ERA for the University of Richmond, setting school records with 146 strikeouts this season and 362 in his career.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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