A 23-year-old lefthander, Ramirez (7-2) has been a surprise in his first season in the Atlanta rotation. In this one, he limited the
to two runs and seven hits with a walk and a season-high eight strikeouts.
"I tried not to focus on (the strike zone)," Ramirez said. "I think it took me about three innings to really get comfortable out there. The beginning, I was little too emotional. After the fourth or fifth inning, I was a little better."
Ramirez moved past Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner, into second place in wins on the Braves' staff. He also improved to 4-1 on the road this season.
Jones went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and
knocked in three runs for Atlanta (50-27), which joined Seattle as the only teams in the major leagues with at least 50 victories.
"I like hitting in this ballpark," Jones said. "I can see the ball good here. I've had some good games here. It was just one of those days when some balls found holes and I got the pitches I was looking for."
picked up his 1,500th career victory.
"I didn't know that until I walked on the field and (third base coach) Fredi Gonzalez told me," Cox said. "It certainly wasn't on my mind tonight."
Tampa Bay starter
(3-4) was roughed up for six runs and nine hits in five innings. The righthander walked four and struck out two.
have lost four straight and fell to 2-14 in interleague play this season.
"They overpowered us tonight, they really did," Tampa Bay manager
said. "They hit the ball hard."
Former Devil Ray
reached when he grounded to third baseman
, who could not get the ball out of his glove.
fouled out, but Furcal sent a line drive over the head of right fielder
to clear the bases and give the Braves a 4-0 cushion.
climbed back into the game with single runs in the third and fourth. Rookie
had an RBI groundout in the third and
, who endured Piniella's wrath following Thursday's loss to the
New York Yankees
, delivered a run-scoring double in the fourth.
Ramirez settled down thereafter, retiring the side in order in the fifth and working around a double in the sixth before departing.
gave Ramirez a cushion to work with in the fifth, sending a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence for his 13th homer and 6-2 lead.