(Sports Network) - Atlanta righthander Russ Ortiz tries to win his third straight start with an outing against his former team tonight, as the Braves conclude a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.
The series is even after the Braves walloped the Giants, 12-3, blowing the game open with a seven-run ninth inning.
Ortiz, who racked up 67 wins while pitching for the Giants from 1998-2002 before being traded, has been stellar in his last two appearances, both against Florida. After starting the season with consecutive defeats to the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, Ortiz now looks more like the pitcher who won a career-high 21 games last year. The 29-year-old has surrendered just 10 hits and two runs over his last two starts, covering 13 innings.
Ortiz has faced the Giants just once before in his career and doesn't have a decision after allowing three runs in seven innings.
J.D. Drew homered and scored three runs, while Andruw Jones delivered three hits, two RBI and a run scored to lead Atlanta to last night's win. Johnny Estrada also homered, notched three hits and three runs batted in for the Braves, who have captured three of their last five games. Marcus Giles added three hits and two runs scored in the victory.