Originally created 08/07/99

Jackets rock Red Stixx relievers in 6-4 victory



COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Augusta GreenJackets took advantage of a weak Columbus bullpen to stop the Red Stixx 6-4, disappointing a near-record Friday night crowd of 4,971 fans.

Columbus starter Jose Vargas held the Jackets pretty much in check, shutting them out over four innings.

But relievers Scott Madison and Rick Matsko didn't fare as well. Madison was racked for five hits and three runs, all earned, in his two-inning stint, while Matsko gave up four hits and three earned runs in his two-inning stanza.

Augusta's victory, coupled with Savannah's 8-4 drubbing of the Macon Braves, gave the Jackets a 1 1/2 -game first-place cushion over the Braves.

Terrance Hill, who came into the game in the fifth inning, was credited with the victory. Leading hitters for the Jackets were Angel Santos with a three-run homer and Alex Ahumada, Keith Hart and Tony DeRosso, each with doubles.