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Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2004 2:02 AM EDT
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ATLANTA 10, MILWAUKEE 3
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A fifth-inning power failure at Turner Field seemed to take the juice out of the Milwaukee Brewers .

The Atlanta Braves scored four times in the fifth when the power was restored and rookie Adam LaRoche had his first multi-homer game as the Braves posted a 10-3 victory over the Brewers.

Leading 3-1 when the 12-minute delay ended, Atlanta broke open the game on a two-run single by rookie Charles Thomas and a throwing error by third baseman Wes Helms , which let in two more runs.

"I don't think you can blame it on power outage, Helms said. "It was just Atlanta's night. It's just the way it is sometimes. They started to put the ball in play. We played hard. They just got some big hits."

Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the second when LaRoche crushed a two-run homer down the right field line off Victor Santos (9-8), who surrendered a season-high seven runs in four-plus innings.

Santos dropped his fifth straight decision and fell to 1-5 with a 4.73 ERA since the All-Star break.

"I felt pretty good today," Santos said. "I just made mistakes in the zone. They're a good mistake-hitting ballclub.

The Braves tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when J.D. Drew smashed his 25th home run of the season off Milwaukee reliever Jeff Bennett . It was the first earned run allowed by the Brewers bullpen in 17-plus innings.

LaRoche added his second homer of the game when he crushed a long shot to right field in the eighth.

"Those felt OK," LaRoche said. "That's about all I've got in the tank. It comes down to concentrating and having a better approach."

"LaRoche got unleashed tonight," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "When he hits them, they go."

Mike Hampton (8-8) won his sixth straight decision, giving up one run and nine hits in five innings and climbed back to the .500 mark for the first time this season.

"I made some mistakes," Hampton said. "Fortunately enough for me, a lot of them happened with two outs and I was able to get an out when I needed to."

The Brewers managed to scratch across single runs in the second, seventh and ninth innings.

Milwaukee was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and is last in the major leagues with a .222 average in such situations.

"We just missed the timely hit," catcher Gary Bennett said. "You've got to give their pitchers credit. They bore down and made some pitches."

Atlanta chalked up its 11th win in 13 games and improved to 31-9 since June 26.

"We've been on a roll for a while now," Cox said. "We've been getting good pitching, timely hitting, and playing good defense. We're doing a little bit of everything."

Braves All-Star catcher Johnny Estrada left the game after getting plunked on the right knee with a pitch by Jeff Bennett in the sixth.


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