Originally created 05/11/00

Braves fall to Marlins



MIAMI -- Blame it on the tides, if you will.

But a week to the night after the Braves saw their 15-game win streak end, two double plays and a baserunning blunder by Andruw Jones kept them from winning back-to-back games for the first time since leaving the West Coast.

Despite three hits by Brian Jordan and a five-strikeout, no-walk performance from Tom Glavine, the Braves fell, 5-3, to the Florida Marlins Wednesday night at Pro Player Stadium, wasting two bases-loaded, no-out rallies and stranding seven runners in the final four innings.

A lineup that has struggled all season with runners in scoring position reached a new low before a gathering of 15,249. The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and eighth innings for Chipper Jones, and each time the reigning MVP failed to deliver.

Andruw Jones spoiled the sixth-inning rally with an ill-advised gallop off first base, then Chipper Jones, Andres Galarraga and Jordan couldn't produce a clutch hit in the eighth.

In the third, Bobby Bonilla's triple and Glavine's bouncer through the middle built a 1-0 lead, but the lineup's woes with runners on base returned when Quilvio Veras rolled into a 6-4-3 double play.

Andruw Jones, whose seven-game hitting streak ended Tuesday night, opened the fourth with a single, but another twin killing ruined the rally. Reaching f.

The Braves loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs on walks to Glavine and Andruw Jones, sandwiched around Quilvio Veras' double. Ninety feet away from tying the game, they ran the bases like Little Leaguers and came away empty-handed.

Chipper Jones lifted a shallow fly to right fielder Danny Bautista, who fired home as Glavine broke for the plate, then retreated back to third. Heedless of Glavine's feint, Andruw Jones was almost to second when the ball reached the infield. Seeing Jones trapped, Glavine headed for the plate and was easily thrown out, the double play going 9-2-4-2.

Jordan left himself a triple shy of the cycle with a 404-foot blast into the left-field seats in the seventh, his second homer, pulling the Braves close at 4-3.

Bonilla's contributions evened out in the third. He attempted to make a sliding catch of Cliff Floyd's sinking liner and it went to the wall, charitably ruled a double, good for a pair of runs and the lead.

In the fourth, Mike Lowell caught up with a Glavine fastball and launched it into the left-field seats, his seventh homer, to make it 3-1.

Glavine, who had allowed only one homer in 52 innings entering the game, watched Preston Wilson rocket his fifth homer over the left field wall in the sixth, giving the Marlins an insurance run.

Following Castillo's seventh-inning single and Dave Berg's roller, advancing Castillo to second, Glavine seemed to have sidestepped trouble by inducing a four-hopper from Floyd. But Veras was shading Floyd toward the middle and couldn't reach the ball as Castillo steamed home to make it 5-3.

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