Brown’s back

Kevin Brown used a 95 mph fastball to shut down the Atlanta Braves in a 5-1 victory last night at Dodger Stadium. Brown struck out seven in seven innings, salvaging one win in a three-game series which pitted the National League’s #1 pitching team (Dodger team ERA of 2.97) vs. the #2 hitting team (Atlanta team batting average of .276).

“His stuff was so nasty I couldn’t catch it at times,” catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “He had two or three different sliders and a sweeping curve. I’ve been telling people the last three years that this guy is that good. I think people forgot how good he is.”

“His fastball was as good tonight as I’ve seen in a while � the ball was coming out of his hand and jumping up there,” Dodger Manager Jim Tracy said. “He looks an awful lot like the Kevin Brown I saw in 2000 and 2001.”

The win moved the 2nd place Dodgers to within five games of the San Francisco Giants, who’ve lost five straight games.

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