Originally created 05/15/04

Braves riding a streak



MILWAUKEE - This is the way Bud Selig must have imagined it, owning a team with "Braves" across the front of their uniforms.

But he hoped it would be the team of Warren Spahn and Hank Aaron, not the Brewers, who haven't won anything in more than two decades.

On a Friday night when the Brewers paid homage to the past by wearing Milwaukee Braves uniforms, the team that moved south 38 years ago offered a crash course in history to a crowd of 33,061 fans at Miller Park.

It took Atlanta eight innings to score a run, but when it did, it scored in a style reminiscent of Aaron. J.D. Drew and Chipper Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to support the best performance of Horacio Ramirez's brief career, a 2-0 win that gave the Braves consecutive victories for the first time in almost a month.

"Maybe the uniforms brought out the best in us," manager Bobby Cox said. "A shutout and two home runs. It's a good win for us."

Ramirez came into the game among the league's ERA leaders, but that that had not translated into a win in six starts. The Braves have made a habit of not scoring many runs when the 24-year-old lefthander went to the mound, averaging less than two runs when he pitched, and for seven innings this one was no different.

But after Brewers starter Victor Santos departed after pitching seven scoreless innings, Drew sent reliever Luis Vizcaino's 1 and 1 offering 415 feet into the right field stands with two out in the eighth and moments later Jones followed with a drive to the same spot.

Morry Gash/Associated PressAtlanta starter Horacio Ramirez throws a pitch in the first inning at Milwaukee. For results from the Braves' late game against the Brewers, go on line to www.augustachronicle.com.