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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Quote: "That's the kind of formula Atlanta has been using for years. Pitch that well, then stay close, and then put us away late." - Arizona manager Buck Showalter on his team's troubles against the Braves.

It's a fact: This is the first time that the Giants have had a lead of more than nine games in the final month of the season since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

Who's hot: The Giants have won 15 of their 18 games overall and have the best record in the majors.

Who's not: Colorado's Masato Yoshii was charged with five runs and five hits for 2 2/3 innings for his shortest start of the season.

On deck: The Mets and Braves begin a critical three-game series tonight in Atlanta as Mike Hampton faces Greg Maddux.

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