â€¢ The Braves, fresh off a three-game sweep against the Padres in which they scored 10+ runs in every game, hammered the Cardinals on Monday night, 15-3. They are the first team in major-league history to score 10-or-more runs in four consecutive games, each time against a team in sole possession of first place.
â€¢ The Braves have scored 59 runs over their last five games, their highest total over any five-game span in more than 100 years — since they scored 61 times in five games in September 1897.
â€¢ Brian McCann got things started for Atlanta with a grand slam. It was the fourth slam that Jeff Weaver has allowed over the last two seasons (2005-06), the most given up by any pitcher in the major leagues over that period. Weaver did not allow a grand slam in his first six seasons in the big leagues (1999-2004).
â€¢ Jorge Sosa capped the scoring for Atlanta with a home run, his third this season. Carlos Zambrano also has hit three homers in 2006. It’s the first time in 22 years that more than one major-league pitcher hit 3-plus homers in a season. Three hurlers did that in 1984 (Tim Lollar, Eric Show and Fernando Valenzuela).