Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Monday, September 24
Atlanta 0Final
Florida 1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 25
Atlanta 5Final
in 11
Florida 2
Game 3: Wednesday, September 26
Atlanta 4Final
Florida 1
Game 4: Thursday, September 27
Atlanta 1Final
Florida 7

Braves 1

(81-71, 47-33 away)

Marlins 7

(71-81, 42-31 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 27, 2001

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

    R H E
    ATL - -
    FLA - -

    W: J. Acevedo (2-4)

    L: G. Maddux (17-10)

    Braves lose for seventh time in last 11 games

    MIAMI (AP) -- Nothing is easy for the 2001 Atlanta Braves.

    Greg Maddux


    Greg Maddux loses in his first start since hyperextending his elbow.

    Greg Maddux lost his third straight decision, giving up four runs in the first three innings Thursday night as the Atlanta Braves lost to the Florida Marlins 7-1.

    With 10 days left in the regular season, the Braves are clinging to a one-game lead in the NL East following a 4-7 road trip.

    "We left Atlanta in first place and we're coming home in first place," Maddux said. "We control our own fate. We just have to play good."

    Atlanta, one game ahead of Philadelphia and three games in front of the New York Mets, headed home from its first sub-.500 trip since May 8-13. The Braves, just 34-38 at Turner Field, finish with a nine-game homestand against the Mets, Philadelphia and Florida.

    "The Mets, the Phillies -- it's the same thing. We have to win," Braves catcher Javy Lopez said. "We could have put more distance on those teams but we didn't do it. We'll have to do it when we get back home."

    Maddux (17-10), pitching for the first time since hyperextending his elbow Saturday in New York, fell behind in the first when Derrek Lee reached on just the 27th walk off the pitcher this season, Cliff Floyd hit an RBI double and Kevin Millar followed with a run-scoring single.

    Lee hit a sacrifice fly in the second for a 3-1 lead and Lowell homered in the third.

    "I felt fine but I didn't pitch good," Maddux said. "I hung too many sliders. I didn't aim the ball well."

    Maddux, who lasted just two batters in New York, gave up eight hits in six innings. He has lost three straight decisions for the first time since July 22 to Aug. 2 last year.

    "I thought Maddux pitched well," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He felt like he should keep pitching. He didn't want me to pinch hit for him."

    Florida beat Maddux for the first time in three starts this season.

    "We did a pretty good job on him," Florida manager Tony Perez said. "He got the ball up and didn't get the ground balls he usually does. But he was still tough."

    Andy Fox added a three-run homer in eighth off Jose Cabrera, Fox's second home run of the season.

    Florida starter Matt Clement left after being hit on the right wrist by a Brian Jordan liner leading off the second inning.

    "It swelled up pretty good right away," Perez said. "The X-rays were negative but it's still sore. I don't know if he'll pitch again."

    Juan Acevado (2-4) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings, and Vladimir Nunez followed with three innings of two-hit relief.

    Andruw Jones drove in Atlanta's run with an RBI grounder in the second.

    Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected in the sixth inning by plate umpire Tim Tschida after questioning a called strike to Jones. It was Cox's 11th ejection this season, the third on the 11-game road trip.

    An inning earlier, Maddux has questioned a pitch to Millar that was called a ball.

    "That might have been the tightest strike zone I've seen going both ways," Cox said. "It was unbelievable."

    Game notes
    Maddux made his 500th career start. ... B.J. Surhoff, 2-for-14 during the first seven games of the trip, went 6-for-10 during the four-game series in Florida. ... Floyd's two doubles gave him 76 extra-base hits, tying him with Gary Sheffield (1996) for the Marlins' season record. ... Lowell has 91 RBI, tying his career high. ... The Marlins have 160 homers, tying the team record set last year. ... Lee saw his career-high 12-game hit streak come to an end.

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