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Ortiz earns 100th major league win

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Reliever Russ Ortiz of the Braves hit the century mark in a heated battle with the Pirates. Angel's Troy Percival got his 300th career save

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Relief pitcher Troy Percival of the Angels tips his hat to the crowd after recording his 300th career save against the Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Wednesday. The Angels won 2-0.

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Russ Ortiz shut out Pittsburgh for seven innings to win his sixth in a row and Chipper Jones homered for Atlanta's only run off rookie Oliver Perez, leading the Braves past the Pirates 1-0 Wednesday.

The game matched two streaking pitchers in Ortiz and Perez, neither of whom had lost since June, and two of baseball's hottest teams -- the Braves have won 21 of 28, the Pirates 21 of 29.

Ortiz (12-6) earned his 100th major league victory and improved to 7-0 against Pittsburgh, despite allowing at least one baserunner in every inning.

"If you had told me I'd be able to get 100 wins in the big leagues, I didn't know how long I would even last," Ortiz said. "I just feel very fortunate."

The Pirates had nine hits off Ortiz and 11 overall, only to strand 11 runners after scoring 36 runs in their previous five games.

Perez (6-5) allowed Jones' 14th homer with one out in the fourth. He didn't allow a runner to reach second until Eli Marrero tripled in the ninth.

"When a guy's throwing as good as that kid [Perez] was, you hope for more but you know that may hold up," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "I'm sure that was what Russ was thinking."

Expos 7, Mets 4

In Montreal, Tony Batista homered and drove in two runs, and Nick Johnson hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning to lift Montreal over New York.

Brian Schneider had two RBIs for the Expos, who have won six of seven.

T.J. Tucker (1-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, and Luis Ayala pitched a perfect eighth to extend his shutout streak to 23 1-3 innings. Chad Cordero got three outs for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

Trailing 4-3 after blowing a three-run lead in the fifth, Montreal rallied in the fifth to chase Jae Seo (4-7).

Mike Piazza played first base and went 0-for-4 with a walk for the Mets in his first start since spraining his wrist on July 20.

Cardinals 11, Reds 10

In Cincinnati, Scott Rolen hit two of St. Louis' four homers, repeatedly blunting Cincinnati's comeback and sending the Reds to their eighth straight loss.

Jim Edmonds homered in all three games of the series sweep, which put the Cardinals 11 games up in the NL Central. St. Louis has gone 42-14 since May 27, digging out of a fifth-place hole.

The Cardinals have won 11 of 13 from the Reds -- including nine of 10 in July.

Cardinals right-hander Jeff Suppan, who hasn't lost on the road this season, walked a career-high 10 in 4 2-3 innings, helping the Reds recover from an 8-1 deficit.

Adam Dunn led off the fifth with his 28th homer, and Barry Larkin had a pinch-hit grand slam off Steve Kline that cut it to 8-7.

Cal Eldred (2-0) was awarded the victory for his two perfect innings. Jason Isringhausen allowed one run but got five outs for his 26th save.

St. Louis scored seven runs in 4 1-3 innings against Jose Acevedo (4-10), winless in six starts in July.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4

In Denver, Aaron Miles hit a tiebreaking single off Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning and Jeromy Burnitz homered in his sixth straight home game to tie a team and leading Colorado over Los Angeles.

With the score tied at 4, Burnitz started off the winning rally against Mota (8-4) with a two-out double. Charles Johnson and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney walked to load the bases before Miles punched a single between third base and shortstop for Colorado's fifth win in six games.

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