Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/28)

Game 1: Friday, July 25
Atlanta8Final
in 11
Montreal9
Game 2: Saturday, July 26
Atlanta15Final
Montreal4
Game 3: Sunday, July 27
Atlanta10Final
Montreal13
Game 4: Monday, July 28
Atlanta10Final
Montreal8

Braves 10

(69-36, 33-21 away)

Expos 8

(54-52, 32-20 home)

7:05 PM ET, July 28, 2003

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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W: M. Hampton (7-5)

L: J. Vazquez (8-7)

S: J. Smoltz (38)

Giles smacks grand slam in win over Expos

MONTREAL (AP) -- Marcus Giles homered twice, hitting his second career grand slam, and had a career-high six RBI and four hits to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Montreal Expos 10-8 Monday night.

Giles, who tied a major league record Sunday by hitting doubles in his first four at-bats, had Atlanta's fifth slam this season, a drive off Javier Vazquez (8-7) that capped a five-run sixth.

Giles, who also hit an RBI single in the fourth, hit his second homer of the game in the eighth off Joey Eischen. He went 13-for-20 (.650) in the four-game series with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.

Vladimir Guerrero homered twice off Mike Hampton (7-5), including a 502-foot drive off the base of Olympic Stadium's middle deck -- one of the longest home runs since the Expos moved into the ballpark in 1977.

Hampton won his fourth straight start, his longest winning streak since a 5-0 spurt with Colorado from April 2 to May 9, 2001.

He was ejected by plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the sixth. Hampton, attempting to sacrifice, was called out for interfering with the throw at first, then argued. He allowed five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in six innings.

Javy Lopez hit his 29th homer in the ninth off Rocky Biddle.

Atlanta had 14 hits -- its lowest total in a four-game split that saw the Braves score 43 runs and get 66 hits.

After Montreal loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Jason Marquis, John Smoltz gave up a two-run single to Orlando Cabrera and an RBI single to Guerrero, then got Wil Cordero to hit into a game-ending double play. Smoltz got his major league-leading 38th save in 41 chances.

Vazquez allowed eight runs -- four earned -- and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Atlanta led 3-1 in the third when Guerrero hit his long homer, which soared past the net that serves as a left-field foul pole before striking the lower facade of the middle deck.

Hall of Famer Willie Stargell hit a 535-foot drive off Wayne Twitchell on May 20, 1978, the only home run that has ever landed in the stadium's remote middle deck.

New York's Darryl Strawberry and the Expos' Henry Rodriguez each homered off the stadium's concrete rim, about 150 feet above the playing field. Both drives were estimated at 525 feet.

Montreal added an unearned run later in the inning, but Atlanta came back with five runs in the sixth on Rafael Furcal's RBI single and Giles' slam to make it 8-3.

Guerrero homered in the bottom half, his 11th of the season and 220th of his career, tying new Hall of Famer Gary Carter for second on the team's career list.

Game notes


A yellow seat designates where Stargell's home run landed. ... Braves CF Andruw Jones was rested by manager Bobby Cox after hurting an oblique muscle Sunday. ... It was Guerrero's 19th career multihomer game, his first since July 17, 2002, against the New York Mets. ... Andre Dawson hit a team-record 225 homers with Montreal from 1976-86.

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