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Teixeira, Braves avoid sweep against Brewers

May 29, 2008 - 9:23 PM By David Cotey PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Mark Teixeira took advantage of batting behind the hottest hitter in baseball.

Teixeira, slotted right after Chipper Jones, belted his sixth home run and drove in four runs as the Atlanta Braves avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.

Jones singled twice to raise his batting average to .420 and walked a pair of times to boost his on-base percentage to .500 for the Braves, who snapped a three-game road losing streak.

Teixeira hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run fifth inning. With one out, Kelly Johnson singled off Brewers starter Seth McClung (2-2) and was allowed to steal second without a throw and Jones at the plate. McClung then intentionally walked Jones before serving up Teixeira's blast on a 2-0 pitch.

"The guy's hitting .420," Teixeira said of Jones. "I've never seen a guy locked in for two months to start the season. He's going to get walked. That's baseball."

It was Teixeira's first home run in 19 days.

"My power hasn't been there this year," Teixeira said. "I'm trying to work on that. I've got to start swinging at good pitches like that and drive the ball."

Braves starting pitcher Jorge Campillo later added a two-run single in the fifth inning, his first hit in nine career at-bats.

Campillo (2-0) was equally impressive on the mound. The rookie righthander struck out six batters and allowed only four hits in five innings. The lone run he gave up came on Russell Branyan's home run in the fifth. He left the game with a blister.

"The hit felt good, but the way I pitched felt better," Campillo said through an interpreter.

"If he can give us five like that every time, it's good enough," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's an incredibly gifted pitcher. This guy knows what he's doing out there and he's got stuff."

Four Braves relievers combined for four scoreless innings, including closer Rafael Soriano, who made his first appearance since April 6. Soriano worked around a one-out walk to retire the side in the ninth.

Teixeira got the Braves on the board in the third inning with an RBI infield single that plated Yunel Escobar, Atlanta's first run scored in 19 1/3 innings.

"Sometimes it takes a bloop hit or an error to get a team rolling," Teixeira said. "I think that kind of got us going a little bit and we swung the bats well the rest of the game."

McClung, making his second start of the season, allowed six runs on eight hits and six walks in just 4 2/3 innings for the Brewers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"He struggled with his command, but he still kind of kept it in check until the fifth inning and found ways to make pitches when he needed to," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

A win would have pushed the Brewers (26-28) back to .500 for the first time since May 14 (20-20) and would have given Milwaukee it's first sweep of Atlanta since April 2006.

"You want to sweep everyone, but winning series is important too," Brewers outfielder Corey Hart said. "Taking two of three is still a momentum-builder, regardless of if we won today or not."








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    ATLANTA 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 2 8 12 0
    MILWAUKEE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - JORGE CAMPILLO, JEFF BENNETT (6TH), BLAINE BOYER (7TH), MANNY
    ACOSTA (7TH), RAFAEL SORIANO (9TH) AND CORKY MILLER
    MIL - SETH MCCLUNG, TIM DILLARD (5TH), BRIAN

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    Braves 8, Brewers 1  Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 29 3:59 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KELLY JOHNSON SCORED CORKY MILLER AND OMAR
    INFANTE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHNSON ON FIRST, Y ESCOBAR ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 8
    MILWAUKEE 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.422, 2-FOR-3, 2 BB)

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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RUSSELL BRANYAN (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF JORGE CAMPILLO.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, MILWAUKEE 1
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J HARDY (.253, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 6, Brewers 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 29 2:33 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JORGE CAMPILLO SCORED JEFF FRANCOEUR AND GREGOR
    BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J CAMPILLO ON FIRST, C MILLER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    MILWAUKEE 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.308, 2-FOR-3)

    Braves 6, Brewers 0  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 29 2:29 PM
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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MARK TEIXEIRA (6) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF SETH MCCLUNG SCORED KELLY JOHNSON AND CHIPPER JONES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4, MILWAUKEE 0
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.125, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 4, Brewers 0  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 29 2:21 PM


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    AT MILWAUKEE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, C JONES ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    MILWAUKEE 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.130, 0-FOR-1)

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