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10/16/2001 03:19 PM ET
D-Backs won season series, 5-2
By Mark Bowman
Highlights from the season series: 56k | 300k

ARIZONA -- In early August, the Diamondbacks took three straight from the Braves at Turner Field. The sweep propelled Arizona to the top of the NL West, a position they wouldn't relinquish, and gave them confidence against a team they'll become very familiar with during the next week.

With the three wins, Arizona claimed the season series from Atlanta five-games-to-two. The Braves two wins came when they split a four-game set in Arizona in early April.

Greg Maddux lost once in each of the two series and the D-Backs pitching held the Braves to a .225 average, the second-lowest average for the Braves against an NL team this season.

Below is a recap of the seven games these two teams played this season:

April 26 at Bank One Ballpark
Diamondbacks 13
Braves 5

Luis Gonzalez pounds two home runs to lead the D-Backs. His second homer tied Ken Griffey Jr's homer mark for April, and set the standard for that mark in the NL.

Greg Maddux allowed a season-high seven runs in 5 2/3 innings and walked his first batter of the season while getting the loss. Rookie starter Robert Ellis allowed six earned runs in six innings, but got the win.

April 27 at Bank One Ballpark
Braves 9
Diamondbacks 0

John Burkett tossed his first shutout in five seasons to earn his first win of the season, allowing three hits along the way.

Chipper Jones' first career five-hit game paced the offense that erupted for five second-inning runs off Diamondbacks starter Armando Reynoso. B.J. Surhoff, Quilvio Veras and Andruw Jones also homered.

April 28 at Bank One Ballpark
Braves 3
Diamondbacks 1

Tom Glavine allowed one run and scattered five hits through seven innings. A monstrous homer to dead center off Randy Johnson provided the evening's biggest offensive highlight. Johnson allowed three earned runs on six hits in eight innings in the loss.

April 29 at Bank One Ballpark
Diamondbacks 7
Braves 5

After falling behind 3-0, the D-Backs put three on the board in the bottom of the third to begin their comeback. Jay Bell and Mark Grace each connected for a homer to pace Arizona's offense.

Odalis Perez, who allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, suffered the loss. Eric Sabel came on to relieve Miguel Batista and earned the win.

August 10 at Turner Field
Diamondbacks 7
Braves 0

Curt Schilling threw seven scoreless innings to beat the Braves in his only appearance against them this season. Junior Spivey and Mark Grace both had two hits to pace the Arizona offense.

For the second straight night, the Braves committed three errors and consequently suffered their third straight loss. Kevin Millwood allowed five runs -- two earned -- on six hits in eight innings.

August 11 at Turner Field
Diamondbacks 3
Braves 1

A sixth-inning error by Jason Marquis plated the game's final two runs in the Braves 3-1 loss. Marquis allowed three runs --one earned -- on six hits in six innings.

D-Backs starter Miguel Batista won his seventh game of the season by allowing one hit in five scoreless innings. Luis Gonzalez and Damian Miller both had two hits in the win that put Arizona in first place for good in the NL West.

Sunday, August 12 at Turner Field
Diamondbacks 9
Braves 1

Greg Maddux suffered his second loss of the season to the Diamondbacks. In addition, his NL-record consecutive walk-less innings streak ended at 72 1/3 innings. Junior Spivey's 4-for-4 performance paced the Arizona bats to complete the three-game sweep.

Albie Lopez, who beat the Braves while with the Devil Rays earlier in the year, earned the win. He allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings.

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