In their most lopsided shutout win in 114 years, the Braves pounded out 21 hits and Tom Glavine threw five scoreless innings yesterday to close out the regular season with a 18-0 rout of the Florida Marlins in Atlanta.
Atlanta, winning 11 of its last 13 games en route to a record eighth consecutive playoff berth, finished with the best record in the majors (103-59). The Marlins wound up with the worst mark in the NL at 64-98.
The 18-0 win matched the record set against Buffalo on Oct. 3, 1885, when the franchise was in Boston.
Glavine (14-11) allowed five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out six. He also went 2 for 2 with two RBI.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 3: Arizona beat visiting San Diego behind five shutout innings from Brian Anderson to complete the biggest turnaround in major league history. The NL West champion Diamondbacks, the first team to reach the playoffs in its second year, went from 65-97 in 1998 to 100-62 this year. The 35-game turnaround beats the previous best of 34 1/2 games, set by the 1903 New York Giants, who went from 48-88 in 1902 to 84-55.
PHILLIES 6, EXPOS 5: Alex Arias hit a two-run bloop single in the eighth off Ugueth Urbina to lift Philadelphia over visiting Montreal. Expos starter Dustin Hermanson was lifted after seven innings with a 5-2 lead, retiring the last nine batters he faced. The Phillies finished with their 12th losing season in 13 years. One fan's sign said, "Wait 'Till Next Century."
ROCKIES 9, GIANTS 8: Colorado gave Jim Leyland a nice going-away present: a two-run rally in the ninth inning to beat visiting San Francisco in his final game as manager. Edgard Clemente brought in the winning run with a one-out sacrifice fly after Dante Bichette's RBI single tied it.