Braves down Diamondbacks, 5-2

Wednesday, September 6th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ATLANTA – Finesse won over power in a Cy Young showdown.

Tom Glavine of the Braves became the NL's first 19-game winner, and Arizona's Randy Johnson surrendered three homers to extend his second-half slide as Atlanta defeated the Diamondbacks, 5-2, on Tuesday night.

Chipper Jones broke out of a slump by homering twice for the Braves, who won for only the fourth time in 12 games and kept a one-game lead over New York in the NL East. The Mets won, 3-2, at Cincinnati to move five games ahead of Arizona in the wild-card race.

Glavine (19-6), who allowed five hits and one earned run in seven innings, kept Arizona off balance with a baffling barrage of changeups and carefully placed fastballs – none clocked faster than the upper 80s. He won for the 12th time in 13 decisions and kept himself in contention for the third Cy Young of his career.

Johnson (17-6) seemed to have a lock on winning that award for the second year in a row after reaching the All-Star break at 14-2 with a 1.80 ERA, earning the start in the midsummer classic at Turner Field.

The Big Unit hasn't been nearly as dominating in the second half, going 2-4 with a 3.75 ERA. In this trip to Atlanta, the hard-throwing left-hander had 11 strikeouts in six innings, leaving him one shy of the fourth 300-strikeout season of his career, but made three critical mistakes.

Jones went the opposite way on a 3-2 fastball in the first for a two-run homer.

Then, with the game tied at 2 in the fifth, the Jones and Andres Galarraga went back-to-back against Johnson.