When the Braves looked like they were going to let a golden opportunity get away from them — again — by leaving the bases loaded with one run in in the first, Andruw hit a bases-clearing double, and Marrero followed with a two-run homer. It was 6-0 Braves, and they coasted from there.

The Braves got some sort of production from everywhere in the batting order. The only starters not to get a hit were Furcal — who scored two runs — and Chipper — who walked twice, scored once, and drove one in. JD Drew was 2-3 with a triple. Marrero wound up 2-4, is now hitting .303 for the season, and threw out another runner at the plate.

Russ Ortiz went 7 2/3, striking out seven and allowing only one run on seven hits. Little Brother Tim Drew, called up to replace Travis Smith, pitched the last inning and a third, allowing a walk.

The Braves stay 3 1/2 behind the Phillies, now in sole possession of first place. Atlanta has crawled back to two games under .500, so nearly all the disasterous middle of June has been erased. The Red Sox now come to town for three.