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Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2004 11:31 PM EDT
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ATLANTA 6, PHILADELPHIA 1
 

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Kevin Millwood still can't solve his former team.

Millwood lasted just four innings against the Atlanta Braves , who parlayed a grand slam by Andruw Jones into a 6-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series.

Millwood (4-3), who pitched for the Braves from 1997-2002 before being traded in December 2002, surrendered six runs, six hits and six walks. He fell to 0-5 with an 8.65 ERA against Atlanta since the deal.

"He is probably trying to do too much, not relaxing out there," Jones said of Millwood's struggles against his former team.

"The most frustrating thing is that I am not pitching well enough to help my team win," Millwood said.

Millwood has allowed 15 earned runs in 15 innings over his last three starts.

"I am not able to locate my fastball and it is killing me," Millwood said. "If you cannot locate your fastball you are going to be in trouble - it sets up all the pitches. It is what I have done the last three times out."

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on RBI singles by J.D. Drew and Johnny Estrada , who was traded for Millwood.

With two outs and a runner on first in the fourth, Millwood walked Chipper Jones and Estrada to load the bases and Andruw Jones sent an 0-1 high fastball over the wall in right for his second career grand slam and 11th homer of the season. It was the first grand slam at Citizens Bank Park.

"It is a nice park, but it plays short," Jones said. "I really did not hit the ball good for it to go out. When you get a cheap home run like that, you have to take it."

The Braves, who evened their record at 23-23, are 3 1/2 games behind first-place Florida in the National League East and climbed within 2 1/2 games of Philadelphia (25-20).

"It is good," Jones said the winning the first meeting of the season with the Phillies. "We are playing a top team in our division. We have a lot of games against these guys and any games we can take and perform like we performed today. We have to go out there and do it."

Jaret Wright (3-5) yielded one run and six hits in a season-high 7 1/3 innings for his first win since April 27. He had lost his last four starts.

"Tonight was a big start for me, coming in here and they are playing good baseball," Wright said. "We ended up winning."

"He had everything working, two-seamer, four-seamer, curveball and changeup," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Wright. "He spotted them well. It was really good pitching."

It was a turbulent day for Phillies manager Larry Bowa , who was at Methodist Hospital earlier in the day as his daughter, Tori, was involved in a car accident just outside the stadium. She was treated for a concussion and slight whiplash before being released later in the evening.

"It was tough," said Bowa on managing the game. "You looked at the car and you wonder how she walked away. It was completely totaled. It was hard to concentrate tonight.

"I was at the hospital and saw the X-rays," he added. "I made sure Sheena (Tori's mother) was there before I left."

Chase Utley , who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, drove in the Phillies' lone run with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was one of two hits on the night for the second baseman and drove in Jimmy Rollins , who singled to start the inning.


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