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St. Louis Cardinals (9-10) at Atlanta Braves (12-9), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Woody Williams (3-0, 0.00)
Atlanta - Mike Hampton (0-1, 7.20)
(Sports Network) - Woody Williams will try to continue his scoreless innings
streak this evening, when he leads the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta
Braves in the finale of their three-game set at Turner Field.
Williams has yet to allow a run in 19 2/3 innings of action this season, while
giving up 11 hits and fanning 13. The hurler has won six straight regular
season decisions dating back to last year, including a victory over Arizona
last week. Williams' last regular season loss came at the hands of the
Cincinnati Reds on August 29, 2002.
Williams gave up just three hits over seven frames en route to his victory
over Arizona last week. The 36-year-old struck out six and didn't walk a
batter in the winning effort. This season, Williams has given out only three
Williams has been successful against the Braves in his career, going 2-1 with
a slim 1.99 ERA. The twirler has surrendered 13 hits and five earned runs over
22 2/3 innings of action versus Atlanta.
The Cardinals have lost the first two games of this series, including a 4-2
decision on Wednesday. Matt Morris (1-2) pitched well in defeat, giving up
just two runs and five hits and struck out three in seven frames of work.
Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the ninth for St. Louis. No Cardinal posted
more than one hit in the losing effort. Tino Martinez extended his hitting
streak to 11 games with a single in the ninth.
Greg Maddux pitched seven scoreless innings and Marcus Giles and Gary
Sheffield hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning for the Braves on
Maddux (2-3), who got off to a terrible start this season, gave up just three
hits and did not walk a batter for Atlanta, which won its third straight game
and eighth in 10 tries. John Smoltz came on in the ninth to record his league-
leading eighth save of the season.
Giles and Sheffield each knocked in a pair of runs in the contest for the
Braves, who posted their seventh straight home victory over the Cardinals.
Atlanta will look to lefthanded twirler Mike Hampton to carry the load this
evening. Hampton came off the disabled list (strained calf) last week and
promptly took a loss to Philadelphia. The former Colorado hurler struggled,
giving up six hits and four runs over five innings. Hampton walked four and
fanned just one in the defeat.
Hampton has registered a 10-7 record with a 3.51 ERA against the Cardinals in
his career. The 30-year-old has allowed 127 hits and 52 runs over 133 1/3
innings versus St. Louis.
The Braves owned the Cardinals during the 2002 regular season, winning five of
six meetings. Atlanta is 10-4 against the Cardinals since the start of the
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