Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Pound Phillies 14-3, Even Series 1-1

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Braves Pound Phillies 14-3, Even Series 1-1

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Righthander Tommy Greene of the Philadelphia Phillies was the embodiment Thursday night of that often-overlooked adage, "You can throw the regular season right out the window."

Greene, who had been 10-0 at Veterans Stadium this year, got an up-close-and-personal look at why the Atlanta Braves led the National League in home runs. He allowed two of the four home runs the Braves smote in the first five innings, including an upper-deck shot by Fred McGriff in the first that started the Braves to a 14-3 victory in the second game of the National League Championship Series. The best-of-seven series is tied.

Greg Maddux, a 20-game winner, didn't need that much help as he took the Braves back to Atlanta with the home-field advantage. The next three games will be played at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium, beginning Saturday afternoon.

Maddux, giving up just five hits in seven innings, gained his first postseason victory after blowing out twice in the 1989 playoffs while pitching for the Chicago Cubs against the San Francisco Giants.

Besides McGriff, Jeff Blauser, Damon Berryhill and Terry Pendleton had home runs for the Braves. Pendleton, playing in a record-tying 28th NLCS game, hit his first playoff homer and drove in three runs, the latter feat matched by Berryhill and Ron Gant.

The Braves' 14 runs set a championship series record for either league and their 16 hits tied an NLCS record.

Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said: "This wasn't very pretty. We left some balls out over the plate for them to hit and they hit them. They have a very powerful lineup."

McGriff, who had 37 homers this season, including 19 in 2 1/2 months with the Braves, was the fulcrum for the Braves as he so often has been since he was acquired from San Diego. He gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the first with a 438-foot blast that landed in the upper deck in right-center field.

Otis Nixon opened the inning by drawing a walk on four pitches from Greene. After Blauser struck out for the fourth time in five at-bats in the series, Nixon went to second on Darren Daulton's passed ball and to third on Gant's groundout.

McGriff, who had been nothing for seven against Greene, annihilated Greene's first pitch, becoming only the seventh player to find the last deck in right field. …

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