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Braves pound Reds with homerun barrage

May 28, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the first inning to begin a 15-3 rout of the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field.

Before the inning was done, Javy Lopez hit a two-run homer to knock out Reds starter Jeff Austin.

 The only other team to start a game with three straight homers was the San Diego Padres - in April 1987.

 The Braves tied a franchise record with four homers in an inning. They finished with six home runs, the most in a game since May 31st, 1996, at Cincinnati.

Furcal homered again in the second for the first two-homer game of his career.

Lopez had three hits and four R-B-I's as the Braves scored in double figures for the 10th time this season.

They reached that plateau only nine times all last season.

The Braves scored five runs in both the first and third innings, staking Russ Ortiz (7-3) to an 11-0 lead.

The right-hander worked six innings, giving up two hits and two runs. Ortiz also had a run-scoring single.