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10/09/2001 08:01 PM ET
Astros, Braves finish atop NL in road wins.
By Mark Bowman
MLB.com
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    HOUSTON -- The Braves and Astros ended the season as the National League's best road teams. The Astros went an NL-best 49-32 away from Enron Field, while the Braves finished second with a 48-33 road mark.

    Thus it shouldn't come as a surprise that the two teams split six games this season, with each team capturing two on the road.

    April 23, 2001: Enron Field

    Tom Glavine, who hasn't lost in Houston since June 25, 1991, continued his good fortunes there. Although he allowed four earned runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, he benefited from a Braves offense that tagged Astros then-starter Octavio Dotel for five runs on seven hits in seven innings.

    Chipper Jones, Wes Helms and Rico Brogna each had two RBIs to lead the Braves. A two-run single by Brad Ausmus off John Rocker closed the gap in the ninth, but Rocker and the Braves escaped with a 9-7 win.

    April 24, 2001: Enron Field

    Moises Alou's two-homer, four-RBIs performance overshadowed Chipper Jones' two homers on his 29th birthday. Astros starter Shane Reynolds allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, but control problems by Braves starter Odalis Perez helped the Astros score 10 in the first four innings of their 11-6 win.

    A two-run homer by Astros catcher Tony Eusebio provided two runs in a four-run fourth. Ken Bottenfield pitched the final 3 1/3 innings for the save.

    April 25, 2001: Enron Field

    Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones each homered and knocked in three runs to help Kevin Millwood win his first game of the season. Millwood allowed three runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Astros starter Scott Elarton was tagged for four runs on seven hits in six innings.

    After the Braves cut the Braves lead to 4-3 after six, the Braves scored seven in the final three frames to walk away with an 11-3 victory.

    Aug. 7, 2001: Turner Field

    Rookie second baseman Marcus Giles' three-run homer in the sixth off Nelson Cruz gave the Braves a 6-5 win over the Astros. Giles' heroics helped Greg Maddux win his 15th game.

    Maddux allowed the Astros five runs -- four earned -- on 11 hits in five innings. In that contest, the veteran hurler didn't walk a batter and extended his NL-record walkless innings streak to 70 1/3 innings.

    Aug. 8, 2001: Turner Field

    With the help of 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, the Astros prevailed in a 2-1, 12-inning thriller. It was the Astros first win at Turner Field since 1998.

    Julio Lugo's sacrifice fly off former Astros reliever Jose Cabrera in the top of the 12th scored Brad Ausmus with the winning run. and nullified a strong performance from Tom Glavine. The Braves southpaw allowed just one run on seven hits in nine innings.

    Aug. 9, 2001: Turner Field

    In the final regular season meeting between the clubs, three Braves errors helped the Astros pull of a 6-5 win. A Chipper Jones throwing error in the ninth allowed Jeff Bagwell to reach and later score on a game-winning single by Orlando Merced.

    Octavio Dotel closed the game with two scoreless innings to notch his sixth win. Meanwhile, Kerry Ligtenberg was saddled with the loss after allowing one earned run in two innings. The Astros scored once in the eighth and ninth to even the season series at three games each.

    Mark Bowman is the site reporter for atlantabraves.com