Originally created 07/24/02

Braves shut out Marlins

MIAMI -- Damian Moss had as many hits as he gave up, and that was enough to beat the Florida Marlins.

The rookie left-hander allowed one hit in seven innings and doubled in a run with the first extra-base hit of his career to help the Atlanta Braves win 10-0 Wednesday.

Florida's only hit was by Derrek Lee, who grounded a single past third baseman Vinny Castilla leading off the fifth. Moss (6-4) said a no-hitter never entered his mind.

"I didn't think I had that kind of stuff," he said. "I just wanted to win."

Albie Lopez pitched two innings to complete the one-hitter, the first thrown against the Marlins in their 10-year history. The only time they were no-hit was on July 14, 1995, by Ramon Martinez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I snuck a hit into the hole," Lee said. "I was glad we didn't get no-hit, but 10-0 is no fun."

Atlanta's previous one-hitter was on April 11, 2001, when Greg Maddux, Mike Remlinger and John Rocker combined to beat the New York Mets 2-0.

The Braves took the series two games to one. Since May 10, they've won 18 series and split the other four.

Wes Helms drove in three runs with a career-high four hits. Henry Blanco hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and Andruw Jones added a two-run homer.

"That's what makes this team so good - everybody can do the job," Helms said. "It's going to be a different person every day."

Helms, who had been 1-for-37 against left-handers this season, went 4-for-5 against lefties with two doubles, a single and a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Moss struck out four and walked three before departing with a 10-run lead.

"That might have been his best game," manager Bobby Cox said. "He was around the plate all day long. And sometimes pitching with a lead isn't easy, either."

Moss threw 96 pitches on an 88-degree afternoon before giving the ball to Lopez.

"I could have kept going, but I was pretty tired after seven innings," Moss said. "It was hot out there."

The Australian spent some time in the sun on the basepaths for a change. He was 1-for-27 this season until he doubled home a run in the fifth to make it 7-0, hiking his career average to .069.

An emotional reunion may have distracted Florida's Michael Tejera (6-3), who allowed 11 hits and nine runs in six innings. The crowd of 10,375 included Tejera's grandfather, who recently arrived in Miami from Cuba. They last saw each other eight years ago, when Tejera defected.

"I was emotional and I wanted to have a victory, but that's no excuse," Tejera said. "They got me. It was a really bad day."

In four games covering 9 2-3 innings against the Braves, Tejera has an ERA of 13.97.

The Marlins found themselves trailing 6-0 after one inning, a big hole even by their standards. They've given up the most runs of any major league team in the first inning, when they've been outscored 95-46.

Tejera, who had won his past five home starts, needed 42 pitches just to get through the first inning. Mark DeRosa doubled home the first run, and after Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones struck out, the Braves scored five more times.

Helms singled home two runs. Blanco followed with a three-run homer, his third.

"We're getting it from everybody," Cox said through the haze of his latest victory cigar. "It's amazing."

Notes: Marlins CF Preston Wilson missed his fourth consecutive game because of swelling in his right wrist. Manager Jeff Torborg said Wilson might rejoin the lineup Thursday at Montreal. ... Gary Sheffield singled in the first to reach base for the 49th consecutive game, extending his Braves record. ... Fans booed Sheffield, a former Marlin, for failing to run out a grounder to third in the fourth inning. He thought the ball was foul. ... Tejera's best moment came when he made a pirouette jump throw to retire Chipper Jones on a swinging bunt in the fourth.


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