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Morton sharp in debut as Braves top Angels

Jun 15, 2008 - 4:57 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- A pair of new faces helped the Atlanta Braves pick up a rare road victory.

Charlie Morton pitched six effective frames in his major league debut and Brandon Jones had three hits and his first career home run as the Braves posted a 6-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday.

Kelly Johnson also homered for Atlanta, which will look to complete its first sweep away from Turner Field this season on Sunday.

"It was a good overall game for us tonight," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We got good pitching and timely hits."

The 24-year-old Morton (1-0), who was recalled from Class AAA Richmond earlier in the day, yielded three runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts over his 104-pitch outing.

"Just exciting to get a chance to pitch up here," Morton said. "I just wanted to be attacking their hitters and make pitches."

The Braves rallied for four runs in the fifth after consecutive singles by rookies Greg Norton, Jones and Gregor Blanco loaded the bases with no outs. Yunel Escobar then delivered a two-run single, Teixeira drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch and Brian McCann added a run-scoring base hit.

"Ervin (Santana) threw a breaking ball that hit Teixeira for an easy run," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I thought he had better stuff than his line shows."

Jones and Johnson both homered in the sixth to extend the advantage to 6-2.

"It was an unbelievable feeling running the bases," said Jones, who was playing in his third career major league contest. "I'm just taking it in and just happy to be here."

The Braves, who still own the majors' worst road record at 9-24, plated three more runs in the eighth. Teixeira capped the rally with a two-run single that gave Atlanta a 9-3 edge.

Maicer Izturis extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-run single in the third inning for the Angels, who had won nine of their previous 11 contests before dropping back-to-back games to the Braves.

Santana (8-3) gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt good out there," Santana said. "Just made some bad pitches in situations and they took advantage of them."








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    ATLANTA 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 0 9 11 1
    LA ANGELS 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - CHARLIE MORTON, MANNY ACOSTA (7TH), ROYCE RING (8TH), BLAINE
    BOYER (8TH), WILL OHMAN (8TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN
    LAA - ERVIN SANTANA, DARREN OLIVER (6TH), JUSTIN S

    Jun 15 12:07 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF MATHIS SCORED HOWIE KENDRICK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MATHIS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 9
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.310, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Braves 9, Angels 4  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 15 12:04 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR AND KELLY
    JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, C JONES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 9
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.306, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Braves 9, Angels 3  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 14 11:34 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHIPPER JONES SCORED GREGOR BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C JONES ON FIRST, K JOHNSON ON SECOND, Y
    ESCOBAR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 7
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M TEIXEIRA (.273, 0-FOR-3, HBP, RBI)

    Braves 7, Angels 3  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 14 11:30 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TORII HUNTER SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HUNTER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C KOTCHMAN (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 6, Angels 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 14 10:53 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KELLY JOHNSON (7) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF ERVIN SANTANA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, LA ANGELS 2
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.410, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves 6, Angels 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 14 10:40 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRANDON JONES (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF ERVIN SANTANA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, LA ANGELS 2
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G BLANCO (.263, 1-FOR-1, SAC)

    Braves 5, Angels 2  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 14 10:35 PM
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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED YUNEL ESCOBAR.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B MCCANN ON FIRST, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, C
    JONES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4
    LA ANGELS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.259, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 4, Angels 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 14 10:20 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    MARK TEIXEIRA HIT BY ERVIN SANTANA PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED GREGOR BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, C JONES ON SECOND, Y
    ESCOBAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    LA ANGELS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: B MCCANN (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 3, Angels 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 14 10:18 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YUNEL ESCOBAR SCORED GREG NORTON AND BRANDON
    JONES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y ESCOBAR ON FIRST, G BLANCO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    LA ANGELS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: K JOHNSON (.281, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 2, Angels 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 14 10:12 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MAICER IZTURIS SCORED MIKE NAPOLI AND CHONE
    FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M IZTURIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.259, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Angels 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 14 9:53 PM
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