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September 2, 2002

(Atlanta-AP) -- Greg Maddux won for the first time in a month, pitching eight strong innings as the Atlanta Braves won their fourth in a row, 5-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates today.

Maddux (12-5) allowed seven hits and also sparked a three-run rally in the third, singling up the middle and scoring Atlanta's first run on a wild pitch. Chipper Jones hit his 22nd homer for the Braves, who lost two of three at Pittsburgh last week. They bounced back with a sweep of Montreal over the weekend.

Maddux had gone 0-2 with two no-decisions in his previous four starts. He didn't pitch poorly during that stretch, allowing ten earned runs in 28 innings, but his teammates scored only eight runs. Maddux was making his second straight against the Pirates, having worked nine shutout innings last Wednesday.

Brian Giles homered off Mike Remlinger in the tenth to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 victory. Giles homered again today, leading off the second with his 33rd into the seats in right-center. The Braves broke through in the third against Brian Meadows (1-3), who was one strike away from getting out of the inning without any runs scoring. Maddux singled with one out and went to third on Rafael Furcal's double off the right-field wall.

After Darren Bragg was called out on strikes, Chipper Jones was intentionally walked to load the bases. Meadows got two quick strikes on Andruw Jones, then threw a curve that bounced about two feet in front of catcher Jason Kendall. The ball skipped all the way to the backstop, and Maddux slid across home with the tying run. Jones worked the count to three-and-two before hitting a blooper to left. Giles made a diving attempt, but the ball skipped under his glove for a two-run double.

Chipper Jones homered with two outs in the fifth and the Braves added an unearned run in the sixth when Maddux's grounder was booted by first baseman Craig Wilson, allowing Julio Franco to come home.

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