The real adventure is about to begin for the Atlanta Braves. Now pitching, John Rocker.
Playing their last game before Rocker returns from his two-week suspension, the Braves did not need their relief ace Sunday. Mike Remlinger came out of the bullpen and preserved a 2-1 win at Milwaukee.
The Braves are off today, then play Tuesday night at home against Philadelphia. That's when Rocker comes back -- he was penalized for criticizing minorities, foreigners and gays in a magazine interview.
''I don't think it will be a problem when we're in Atlanta,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. ''John still has many fans in Atlanta. I'm not worried about it.''
Rocker was with the Braves at County Stadium for workouts. He had nothing to say about his return.
''He's already been welcomed back by our team,'' third baseman Chipper Jones said. ''Now it's just a question of the fans welcoming him back. Then we go on the road.''
In other games, San Diego beat Houston 13-3; Florida edged Chicago 6-5 in 10 innings; Cincinnati defeated Los Angeles 5-3; Philadelphia downed Montreal 5-4; and New York topped Pittsburgh 12-9. St. Louis split with Colorado in a doubleheader, winning the opener 9-3 and dropping the nightcap 14-13. Arizona was rained out at San Francisco.
Terry Mulholland (1-2) pitched eight strong innings on a cold and drizzly day at Milwaukee. Remlinger, who has taken over in Rocker's absence, finished for his third save.
Everett Stull (0-1) made his first major league start and began the game with six straight balls. But the 28-year-old Brewers rookie settled down, and allowed only three hits and two unearned runs in six innings.
''I had a feeling he would match up well against the Braves, and he did,'' Milwaukee manager Davey Lopes said. ''He pitched exceptionally well. That was a great performance.''
Marlins 6, Cubs 5, 10 innings
Cliff Floyd hit a disputed home run around the right-field foul pole in the 10th inning and Florida won at Wrigley Field.
Phillies 5, Expos 4
Bobby Abreu came through with another clutch hit, an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted Philadelphia over Montreal.
Reds 5, Dodgers 3
Michael Tucker and Ed Taubensee homered as Cincinnati won at Dodger Stadium.
Padres 13, Astros 3
Al Martin scored a team-record five runs and San Diego routed visiting Houston.
Mets 12, Pirates 9
The Mets lost Rickey Henderson and starter Bobby J. Jones to injuries in the first inning, then went on to win at Three Rivers Stadium.
Cardinals 9, Rockies 3, 1st game
Rockies 14, Cardinals 13, 2nd game
J.D. Drew had a three-run double and Pat Hentgen (3-0) gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Placido Polanco and Thomas Howard added solo homers for the Cardinals.
Rolando Arrojo (1-1) was tagged for eight runs and six hits in four innings.
In the second game, Jeff Manto hit a go-ahead double during an eight-run sixth inning to lead Colorado. Jose Jimenez (3-0) retired both hitters he faced in the sixth.
Gabe White, who entered with the bases loaded and Colorado leading 14-10, ended the game by getting Placido Polanco to line out for his first save.
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