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Game 2 October 3, 2002
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W: Millwood (1-0, 3.00)   L: Rueter (0-1, 18.00)  
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Millwood too good vs. Giants

By Josh Rawitch /

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ATLANTA -- The Giants spent the last 24 hours talking about how they never came here looking for a split, that they wanted and expected to win Games 1 and 2 of their National League Division Series.

That idea went out the window early in Game 2 Thursday night as the Braves chased Giants starter Kirk Rueter in the fourth inning and evened the series with a 7-3 victory at Turner Field.

Rueter lacked control throughout his short stint, falling behind in the count to the first five hitters he faced, and when he did find the strike zone, his pitches simply got crushed. The left-hander gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, including homers on back-to-back pitches in the second inning, and failed to retire a batter in the fourth.

"It was one of those games," said Rueter, who was making his third postseason appearance and second start. "I threw some fastballs [inside] tonight that they laid off of. When I threw the fastball away, they hit it. I thought I made some good pitches."

In the first inning, Julio Franco drew a one-out walk, advanced to second base on a groundout and scored on Chipper Jones' ground ball through the hole at shortstop, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. Ordinarily, that would not be headline news but for the fact that it marked the first time the Giants had trailed in a game since the first frame on Sept. 20, a span of 80 innings.

J.T. Snow's second opposite-field homer of the year, his second career postseason blast, tied the game for the Giants in the top of the second. It was Snow's first home run since Aug. 4 at Pittsburgh, a drought of 148 at-bats, and also marked the first homer in the postseason for any Giant since Snow's dramatic pinch-hit, game-tying, three-run shot in Game 2 of the NLDS in 2000.

"I wish we could've played better tonight than we did," said Snow, who pumped his fist in excitement while rounding first base. "A loss is a loss. We didn't want to settle for coming back and winning one, but we are, so you accept it and we get to go back to our place now."  More >

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ATLANTA -- It might have been fitting that Kevin Millwood was on the mound the night that Javy Lopez and Vinny Castilla proved they could enjoy new life in the postseason. Millwood, who resurrected his career this year, continued the dominance he displayed the past four months and got some much appreciated support from Lopez and Castilla during the Braves' 7-3 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the Division Series at Turner Field on Thursday night.

"It was definitely a big game," Millwood said of the victory that evened the series at one game apiece. "It was definitely the biggest game of the year so far for us. We get out of here with a win and it gives us confidence as we head to their place."

Millwood, who lost just three of his final 25 starts this year, limited the Giants to two runs on three hits in six innings. His outing, which saw him hit 95 and 96 mph on a consistent basis, was reminiscent of the ones he enjoyed in 1998 and '99, before enduring two consecutive injury plagued seasons in 2000 and 2001.

"That's as pumped up as I've ever been on the field," Millwood said. "I think I had more adrenaline flowing than I ever have."

Two-out solo homers from J.T. Snow and Rich Aurilia would provide the only runs against Millwood. Snow's home run, which came in the second inning, barely cleared the left-center field wall.

After allowing the Snow homer, Millwood would retire seven straight batters before Benito Santiago singled to begin the fifth inning. Santiago and Snow were the only runners to reach until Aurilia homered in the sixth.

"I felt like I threw the ball well," Millwood said. "I felt like I put pitches in spots where I wanted to most of the night, with the exception of a few pitches."

The Aurilia homer, which came in the sixth inning, occurred immediately after the Braves right-hander stumbled over the first base bag and tweaked his groin while retiring Kenny Lofton. He retired the next batter to end the inning and his evening.  More >

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Atlanta Braves 7, San Francisco Giants 3
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Aurilia, SS 4111011.222
Kent, 2B 4000021.125
Bonds, LF 4111010.250
Santiago, C 4010020.444
Snow, 1B 4121021.333
Sanders, RF 4010011.250
Bell, 3B 3000013.286
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Witasick, P 0000000.000
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a-Struck out for Aybar in the 6th. b-Struck out for Witasick in the 8th.
HR: Snow (1, 2nd inning off Millwood, 0 on, 2 out), Aurilia (1, 6th inning off Millwood, 0 on, 2 out), Bonds (1, 9th inning off Smoltz, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Snow (3), Aurilia (3), Bonds (1).
2-out RBI: Snow, Aurilia.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bell.
Team LOB: 4.
PB: Santiago (1).
DP: (Aurilia-Kent-Snow).
Furcal, SS 4011021.333
Franco, J, 1B 3100110.125
Smoltz, P 0000000.000
Sheffield, RF 4000001.125
Jones, C, LF 3011100.333
Jones, A, CF 4010012.250
Lopez, J, C 4221002.375
Castilla, 3B 2211100.500
DeRosa, 2B 3222000.500
Remlinger, P 0000000.000
Holmes, P 0000000.000
Helms, 1B 0000000.000
Millwood, P 1000001.000
a-Lockhart, PH-2B 1000000.000
a-Grounded out for Millwood in the 6th.
2B: DeRosa (1, Rueter).
3B: DeRosa (1, Rueter).
HR: Lopez, J (2, 2nd inning off Rueter, 0 on, 0 out), Castilla (1, 2nd inning off Rueter, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Jones, C (1), Lopez, J (3), Castilla (1), Furcal (1), DeRosa 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Jones, C.
S: Millwood.
GIDP: Lopez, J.
Team LOB: 2.
CS: Furcal (1, 2nd base by Rueter/Santiago).
Rueter (L, 0-1) 3.077621218.00
Aybar 2.00001200.00
Witasick 2.00000100.00
Rodriguez 1.01000000.00
Millwood (W, 1-0) 6.03220723.00
Remlinger 1.02000200.00
Holmes 0.21000100.00
Smoltz 1.11110416.75
Rueter pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

Pitches-strikes: Rueter 62-32, Aybar 30-18, Witasick 19-12, Rodriguez 14-10, Millwood 72-54, Remlinger 21-17, Holmes 14-10, Smoltz 18-16.
Ground outs-fly outs: Rueter 6-1, Aybar 2-2, Witasick 4-1, Rodriguez 2-1, Millwood 5-6, Remlinger 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Smoltz 0-0.
Batters faced: Rueter 17, Aybar 7, Witasick 6, Rodriguez 3, Millwood 21, Remlinger 5, Holmes 3, Smoltz 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Aybar 1-1, Smoltz 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Tim Tschida. LF: Ted Barrett. RF: Mike Reilly.
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, R to L.
T: 2:58.
Att: 47,167.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner 

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