Originally created 05/01/00

Braves tie win-streak record



SAN DIEGO -- Thirteen and oh.

It's no longer a streak, it's THE STREAK.

A national television audience and a crowd of 44,845 at Qualcomm Stadium got a look at the Braves' runaway train Sunday night and came away shaking their heads.

The Braves remained perfect since April 15 and so did Tom Glavine, shutting down the Padres on three hits over eight innings in a 7-4 win that improved his record to 5-0 and upped Atlanta's streak to 13 straight wins, matching the franchise record.

"It's a great ride," said Brian Jordan, who had three hits and an RBI. "It would mean a lot to get our place in history."

Glavine's perfect April wasn't secured until the Braves scored five runs in the eighth, highlighted by Trenidad Hubbard's first homer.

Javy Lopez's two-run single gave the Braves their first lead, and Hubbard followed with a three-run homer against Carlos Almanzar, completing an unlikely trifecta against the Dominican reliever.

Almanzar appeared in every game of the series and allowed a three-run homer each time -- to Brian Jordan on Friday night, then Andres Galarraga on Saturday and, finally, Hubbard.

"The only way to feel like a Brave is to contribute," said Hubbard, who replaced the hobbling Reggie Sanders in the lineup. "When you finally get in there, you want to feel like you're helping."

The Braves, who have swept three-game series from the Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and Padres, will send Kevin Millwood to the mound tonight against the Dodgers' Eric Gagne.

Glavine hasn't lost in 13 starts, including three postseason starts last October, since falling to Kirk Rueter and the Giants last Sept. 11. The 34-year-old left-hander, who has enjoyed a pair of 4-0 Aprils during 12-plus years in the big leagues, is now second in the NL to Randy Johnson in both wins and ERA.

Glavine, who worked a 1-0 shutout against the Dodgers in his last start, saw his scoreless streak end at 18 innings when Eric Owens' home run landed halfway up the left-center field grandstand in the fourth. Unfazed, Glavine stuck with his game plan, mixing fastballs, change-ups and cutters on both sides of the rlate and didn't allow another runner to advance past first base.

"The way (Saturday's 12-inning game) went, I knew it was just as important for me to go out and get some innings as anything else," Glavine said. "I have a lot of confidence right now. I'm just going to ride this out as long as I can."

Rookie shortstop Rafael Furcal, starting for the third time in four games, created the game-tying run in the fifth. He singled, stole second, advanced to third on catcher Carlos Hernandez's error, then scored on Quilvio Veras' single.

That was all the Braves could muster against Sterling Hitchcock, who has had their number since ringing up a pair of wins and a 0.90 ERA in the 1998 NLCS, until the eighth.

Hitchcock struck out Chipper Jones twice, Andres Galarraga three times and induced double-play balls from Andruw Jones and Lopez to duck trouble in the first and fourth.

In the eighth, Lopez flailed at a pair of split-finger fastballs, then grounded a 1-and-2 delivery through the left side to send the Jones boys home for a 3-1 lead. Hubbard followed with his first homer as a Brave to make it a five-run inning, the biggest the Braves have enjoyed since a six-run eighth against the Phillies on April 19.

So, it's on to Los Angeles, where the Braves will try to clear a space in the record books tonight at Dodger Stadium.

"We're here," Chipper Jones said. "We might as well go out and win a 14th."

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