Originally created 05/05/02

Braves 4, Cardinals 2



ST. LOUIS -- Greg Maddux pitched six shutout innings and Andruw Jones homered as the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday.

The Braves took two of three in the series despite scoring just eight runs. The Cardinals have lost 14 of 20 and have scored six runs in the last 34 innings.

Maddux, on the disabled list for the first time in his career last month due to a lower back injury, threw only 65 pitches. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six, including J.D. Drew three times.

Gary Sheffield broke out of a long slump with three hits for Atlanta.

Mike Remlinger worked a scoreless seventh, and John Smoltz got six outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Fernando Vina doubled in a run in the ninth for his fourth hit of the game, but Smoltz got Placido Polanco on a broken-bat comebacker with runners at second and third to end it.

Maddux (3-2) matched his longest outing of the season, finishing with strikeouts of Drew and Albert Pujols. The right-hander raised his career record against the Cardinals, one of his toughest foes, to 19-16 with a 2.56 ERA. It was his first victory over St. Louis since Sept. 6, 1999.

Jones led off the second with his ninth home run, lining a pitch from Darryl Kile (1-2) off the upper deck facade in left - a drive estimated at 435 feet. Jones also doubled and scored in the sixth on Wes Helms' sacrifice fly.

The Braves made it 2-0 in the third on a double by Sheffield and Chipper Jones' single. Sheffield, who entered in a 2-for-35 slump, extended the lead to 4-0 in the seventh with a run-scoring single.

Kile lasted six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. He has a 7-12 career record against the Braves.

Vina doubled off Tim Spooneybarger and scored on Pujols' groundout against Smoltz in the eighth.

Notes: Drew was 1-for-12 in the series with eight strikeouts, fanning all four trips Sunday, and is among the NL leaders with 32. His lone hit in the series was a bunt single. ... Cardinals 1B Tino Martinez had his first sacrifice bunt in nearly six years, since May 6, 1996, when he moved Edgar Renteria from first to second for the first out of the fifth. ... Andruw Jones was 4-for-24 against Kile coming in.