NEW YORK -- The person directing the video scoreboard at YankeeStadium started Friday night's festivities with highlights of lastOctober's World Series.
It was a not-so-subtle reminder to the Braves that not only didn'tthey play in the Fall Classic, but the last time they did, the Yankeesrode horses around the warning track in celebration of another worldchampionship.
Whether the slight was intended or not, the effect on the Bravesmirrored their 1999 experience in the Big Apple. Tom Glavine stumbledthrough another mediocre start, matching his career-high with sevenwalks, Chipper Jones contributed to a four-run fourth inning with arun-scoring error, and a lukewarm lineup didn't score until the eighthas the Yankees spoiled the start of interleague play with a 7-4 winbefore a crowd of 50,090.
The only solace the Braves took from seeing their six-game winstreak end in a Bronx cheer was they remained four games behind thedivision-leading Phillies, who fell to the Boston Red Sox.
"We knew coming in here that we've got to play a perfect game,"Jones said. "It's tough, but it can be done."
But the task of winning this series become immeasurably moredifficult for the Braves with their first loss in 10 days, just theirthird defeat in their last 13 games.
For the fifth time in his last six starts, Glavine allowed at leastfour earned runs. Facing one of the most patient collection of hittersin the majors, he gave up a first-inning home run to Bernie Williams,then stumbled through the fourth.
Paul O'Neill singled, and Scott Brosius followed by launching aletter-high fastball over the left-center field wall to make it 3-0. The home run was the 12th allowed by Glavine in 79 innings thisseason; last year he gave up 24 in 241 innings.
"He was a little bit off-target," manager Bobby Cox said ofGlavine, "and the strike zone was a little tight for both sides."
Glavine's embarrassment deepened with a walk to Todd Greene,singles by Soriano and Knoblauch, and Jones' error, allowing Greene toscore. A walk to Williams, Glavine's sixth, forced in Soriano, thenPosada ended the inning by lining out to right fielder Brian Jordan.
"When you've got people on base and you leave pitches up, it'sgoing to cost you," said center fielder Andruw Jones, puttingGlavine's night into perspective.
"(Glavine) has had a little trouble with his control this year,"Chipper Jones said. "It was no more evident than tonight. You can'tfall behind these guys because they're going to get you."
The Braves started three of the first four innings against Yankeesstarter Andy Pettitte by putting their leadoff man on base, butadvanced a runner beyond first base just once.
Wes Helms whiffed to end the second with runners on first andsecond, Quilvio Veras was picked off first base in the third, thesecond time in two nights his radar has malfunctioned, and Javy Lopezfinished off the third with a fly to right, stranding another runner.
"We didn't have a good approach to Pettitte at all," Andruw Jonessaid. "We didn't have many runners on base and we chased his cutter."
Pettitte departed in the sixth with tightness in his left groin,and ex-Brave Mike Stanton picked him up, going five-up, five-down, thenhe gave way to Brian Boehringer in the eighth.
"That's the best I've seen Andy Pettitte," Chipper Jones said."That's the hardest I've seen him throw and that's the best curve, itwas really sharp and it had a lot of bite. I thought he was as good, ifnot better, than in the '96 Series."