The Braves completed the sweep, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and winding up pounding Chicago 9-1. Jason Marquis pitched and pitched well, mimicking Damian Moss’ outing of last night; occasional bouts of wildness (three walks) mixed in with near-unhittability (only three hits), the only run coming on a solo homer. After being held to three runs on three hits Friday, the Braves scored 24 runs in the last 16 innings against the Sox. Furcal led off the bottom of the first with a homer, and Andruw, Chipper, and Matt Franco all added roundtrippers.
The Mets won and the Expos are on the verge, while the Marlins are yet to play; the Braves should lead Montreal by five and a half, Florida by six, and New York by 7 1/2 heading to a four-game series at Shea. If the Braves can win that series, it would almost eliminate the Mets from contention.