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Giles smacks grand slam in win over Expos

7/28/2003

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.