Originally created 04/28/00

Braves bask in new streak



ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves wrapped up the best homestand in franchise history with a 6-3 win Thursday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Atlanta swept three-game series from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles for their first 9-0 homestand ever. The Braves have won 11 straight games at home, tying a franchise record and setting the mark for the team in Atlanta.

Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer, and Terry Mulholland pitched seven strong innings. John Rocker pitched the ninth for his fourth save for the Braves, who have 10 straight overall wins for their longest winning streak since Aug. 19-29. Mr. Rocker loaded the bases with no outs before striking out the side to finish it.

The 11 straight home victories broke the Atlanta record for most consecutive home wins set in 1966. Before going 9-0 on this homestand, Atlanta had two victories against San Francisco earlier this year at Turner Field.

The Dodgers lost their season-high fourth in a row, scoring four runs in the process. Los Angeles scored 36 runs in a three-game sweep at Cincinnati last weekend.

The home run by Mr. Jones was his second in two games and fifth of the season.

Mr. Mulholland (3-2) gave up one runs and five hits to win his third straight decision. He walked two and struck out five.