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Atlanta Tries to Keep Heavy Hitting Alive

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Atlanta Braves look to continue their
historic offensive outburst and win their eighth consecutive game
Wednesday night as they seek a third straight rout in St. Louis.

In last night's 14-to-5 win over the Central Division-leading
Cardinals, the Braves became the first team since the 1930 Yankees,
who featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, to score 10 or more runs in
five straight games.

Andruw Jones was 5-for-5 with two homers and matched his career
high with six RBI's. Adam LaRoche, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann
also homered for the Braves, who have scored 65 runs during their
offensive explosion that includes two 15-run games. The last time
the franchise reached double figures in five straight games was in
1897, when it was called the Boston Beaneaters and they totaled 61
runs.

The Braves have 81 hits during their five-game run and 98 in
their last six, going back to an 8-to-3 victory over Cincinnati on
July 9th. That was the last game before the All-Star break.

Chipper Jones was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 18
games -- all but four multihit efforts. He's batting .534
(39-for-73) during the streak with eight homers and 23 RBI's.


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