Braves Blast Maddux; Hold on for Victory

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ All-Star Brian McCann homered and drove in four
runs against Greg Maddux, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-to-4
win over the San Diego Padres tonight.
Kelly Johnson also homered and Andruw Jones went 3-for-3 and
scored two runs for the Braves, who took two of three from the N-L
West-leading Padres to go into the break two games behind the New
York Mets in the N-L East. The Padres, trying for their third
straight division title, have a one-game lead over the Los Angeles
Dodgers.
The Braves went 6-and-4 on a bicoastal road trip. The Padres
lost for the fifth time in eight games.
Maddux (7-6), who pitched for the Braves from 1993-2003, failed
to get an out in the sixth before he was chased by McCann's two-run
single to center that made it 5-to-1.
McCann, the N-L's backup catcher for Tuesday night's game at San
Francisco, was 2-for-4. The four R-B-Is were one behind his career
high.
San Diego scored three times in the ninth inning to cut it to
5-to-4. Michael Barrett, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Brian Giles had
run-scoring hits off Bob Wickman before Marcus Giles struck out
with runners on first and second to end the game.

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