Millwood won his eighth consecutive decision and Jones hit two
homers as the Braves coasted to an 8-5 victory over the New York
Mets in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Millwood (17-6) improved to 15-1 in his last 22 starts. The
righthander lasted 5 2/3 innings, throwing 107 pitches and
allowing one run and seven hits. He has given up two or fewer
runs in 18 of his last 22 starts, and the Braves have won 20 of
"I was kind of all over the place," Millwood said. "My control
wasn't very good."
Jones matched a career high with five RBI. He is a career .348
hitter with 25 home runs and 74 RBI in 386 at-bats against the
He hit a three-run homer off starter Steve Trachsel (9-11) in
the third inning and added a two-run shot off Satoru Komiyama in
the eighth. It was his third multi-homer game of the season
and 26th career.
"I'm just streaky. I'm a streaky power guy," Jones said.
"Better late than never."
Mark DeRosa enjoyed the first four-hit game of his career for
the Braves. He hit a solo homer in the fourth and added three
John Smoltz needed to get just one out - a strikeout of Ty
Wigginton in the ninth - for his 50th save. He is the fastest
pitcher to reach 50 saves, accomplishing it in Atlanta's 143rd
"It's a number, but it's flattering," Smoltz said. "I keep
thinking back to all the stuff I've through. It's amazing that
I could have reached this level this quick. I don't know what
Bobby Thigpen, who holds the single-season record with 57, and
Dennis Eckersley did it in team game No. 145 in 1990 and 1992,
Smoltz also became just the second pitcher in major league
history to record separate seasons of 20 wins and 50 saves,
The afternoon game was a makeup of a June 4 rainout, forcing the
teams to play a doubleheader on the anniversary of the
September 11 terrorist attacks.
Six New York police officers who performed heroic duties last
September 11 at the World Trade Center flew here to take part in
an on-field ceremony, which was to take place before the second
game. A moment of silence was observed and a video tribute
shown before the first game.
"I sat in the whirlpool a little bit and listened to the names
being rattled off (on TV)," said DeRosa, a New Jersey native.
"A few people I went to high school with passed away. You
dedicate this day to them."
"It's a day to remember," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said.
"If it brings back memories, it's a good thing."
The Braves officially clinched their 11th straight division
title Monday night, locking up the National League East when the
Mets won at Philadelphia. Atlanta (92-51) is trying to earn
home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Atlanta has feasted on New York pitching, scoring 20 runs in the
first two games of this series.
Trachsel allowed four runs and five hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
He was hit on his right pitching hand trying to field a
grounder by Andruw Jones.
"It kind of took a weird hop," Trachsel said. "I was trying to
stay in front of it and the hand got in the way."