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Braves hammer Olsen, Marlins

McCann slams as Atlanta gains ground

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Posted: August 27, 2007 10:03 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    MIAMI — Brian McCann hit his second grand slam in a week and the Atlanta Braves beat the slumping Florida Marlins 13-2 Monday night to bounce back after a rough weekend in St. Louis.
    Atlanta had lost five of six and fallen into third in the NL East, a season-high seven games back of the division-leading Mets. The Cardinals took two of three from the Braves in a weekend series.
    Matt Diaz hit a solo homer, doubled twice, singled and scored three runs. Chipper Jones had three hits and scored three runs, and Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer.
    McCann’s fourth career grand slam came with two outs in the fourth and gave Atlanta a 10-2 lead. It was his second this season — he also hit one Aug. 20 off Cincinnati’s Phil Dumatrait.
    Scott Olsen (9-12) lasted just four innings for the Marlins. He gave up 10 runs, six earned, and 11 hits.
    Diaz, Jones and Jeff Francoeur all doubled in runs in the first, and Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones had RBI singles in the fifth to help Atlanta build a 5-1 lead.
    Dan Uggla doubled and scored in the first for Florida, then hit his 26th homer of the season in the third.
    Chipper Jones, who missed Sunday’s game at St. Louis because of a strained right groin, was replaced by Chris Woodward in the fifth with Atlanta ahead 11-2.
    Lance Cormier (1-4) pitched seven innings for the Braves, allowing two runs and six hits.
    Olsen fell to 1-5 in seven starts since he was arrested July 21 for driving under the influence and resisting an officer.

Notes: The Braves faced a left-handed starter for a major league-leading 54th time. Cincinnati was second, having faced 48 lefty starters. ... Braves OF Pete Orr was recalled from Triple-A Richmond. RHP Joey Devine was optioned to Richmond. ... The announced attendance was 11,716.

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