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Updated: Monday, September 27, 2004 6:06 PM EDT
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ATLANTA 1, FLORIDA 0
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- One day after his team clinched its 13th consecutive division title, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox gave most of his regulars the night off. But that did not stop Mike Hampton from continuing his impressive season.

Hampton allowed three hits in seven innings and Dewayne Wise belted a solo homer as the Braves posted a 1-0 triumph over the Florida Marlins .

Entering with nine wins in his previous 10 decisions, Hampton (12-9) was nearly unhittable in this one, which lasted just 1 hour, 58 minutes. The lefthander - who improved to 10-5 lifetime against Florida - did not let a runner reach second base, limiting the Marlins to three singles while striking out three.

"It went well," said Hampton, who made his first start since September 11 due to torn cartilage in his left knee. "You can definitelly tell (the knee) is not 100 percent. I made a conscious effort to not change anything and pitch."

"Hampton showed no wear and tear," Cox said. "He pitched plenty good tonight. He answered all (questions)."

Wise gave Hampton all the support he needed in the seventh inning, depositing a 1-2 offering from Carl Pavano over the right field wall for the game's only run.

"It's about time. I've been hitting a lot of them foul," said Wise, whose last homer came on June 2. "He threw me a fastball inside and I was able to turn on it."

"I said it would be won by a home run," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "A home run always wins that kind (of game). I didn't think it would be Wise."

Chris Reitsma recorded the final two outs for his second save in his franchise-record 82nd appearance of the season.

A candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, Pavano (17-8) also was solid, allowing a run and just two hits in seven innings. He struck out four without a walk before former Brave Rudy Seanez tossed a perfect eighth.

"One pitch cost me the ballgame," Pavano said. "You can't take anything away from them, they pitched well. One pitch decided the game."

"(Pavano) had great stuff. That was a game he didn't deserve to lose," Florida catcher Paul Lo Duca said. "We hit the ball hard, but right at people. It was a shame we couldn't get him some more runs."

Adam LaRoche had the only other hit for the Braves, who clinched the NL East Division with a come-from-behind win on Friday.

"That's the way it goes," McKeon said. "When we get good pitching, we get no hits and when we get good hitting, we don't get any good pitching."

The Braves did receive some bad news as infielder Mark DeRosa suffered a possible torn right ACL in the sixth inning. Spelling shortstop Rafael Furcal , DeRosa was taken off the field on a cart and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

"It's the way his season has gone," Cox said. "He's been the hard-luck guy all year. He said it felt like an explosion. It's not good."

DeRosa suffered the injury when he fielded a grounder hit by Pavano and turned to throw to first base.

Juan Pierre set a Marlins record with his 205th hit of the season - a bunt single in the first inning.

Florida has lost five games in a row, its longest skid since August 19-23, 2003.


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