Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Romp; Giants Keep Pace

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Romp; Giants Keep Pace

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Greg Maddux posted his 20th victory and the Atlanta Braves stayed tied for first place in the Western Division with one day to go in the regular season, beating the Colorado Rockies 10-1 Saturday.

The Braves set a franchise record with their 103rd victory, but the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 for their 103rd win. If the Braves and Giants are tied after Sunday's games, there will be a one-game playoff Monday night in San Francisco.

The Braves improved to 12-0 against the expansion Rockies. Tom Glavine (21-6) will start Sunday against David Nied (5-8) as the Braves try to become the first NL team in this century to sweep a season series.

The sellout crowd of 48,899 spent time between innings cheering and moaning as updates from the Giants-Dodgers game were flashed on the scoreboard above the center-field fence. After the game, several thousand stayed to watch the Dodgers and Giants finish.

Maddux (20-10), who allowed an unearned run and four hits in seven innings, clinched the NL's earned-run title with a 2.36 mark. He was flawless through the first three innings, retiring nine in row as the Braves built a 4-0 lead.

Terry Pendleton, who drove in five runs Friday night, had three more RBIs for the Braves. Giants 5, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES - San Francisco withstood another day of pressure, holding off Los Angeles to remain tied for first.

Sunday, rookie Salomon Torres (3-4) will make just his eighth big-league start when he pitches for the Giants against veteran Kevin Gross (12-13).

Seldom-used Dave Martinez put the Giants ahead 5-2 with a two-run double in the seventh.

The Dodgers gave the Giants one last scare in the eighth, closing to 5-3 on a bases-loaded walk by Mike Jackson to Tim Wallach with two outs.

That brought on Rod Beck to face pinch-hitter Dave Hansen, who set the Dodgers' record for pinch-hits this season. Hansen pulled a long fly to right field, but Martinez went back to the warning track and caught the ball right in front of the low fence. …

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