19-year-old Leads Way in Braves' Rout

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NEW YORK: When the New York Yankees last appeared in the World Series in 1981, Andruw Jones was 4 years old. Tonight in Game 1, the 19-year old Atlanta Braves' player came of age, hitting 2 home runs and knocking in five runs as the Braves blew out the Yankees, 12-1. He is the youngest player ever to hit a home run in a World Series. The game matched up John Smoltz and Andy Pettitte, the probable Cy Young Award winners in each league, but only Smoltz proved superior, holding the Yankees hitless through five innings and allowing only one run and two hits in six innings. Pettitte was touched early and often for six runs in only 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Brian Boehringer, who promptly gave up another five runs, including Jones' second home run. "We've been on a roll," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "St. Louis caught us awfully hot those last three games, and the Yankees caught us hot tonight. Hopefully, we can continue it for three more games." Since falling behind three games to one in the NLCS, Atlanta has outscored opponents 44-2. Because of Saturday's rainout, Game 2 is slated for Monday night, pitting Atlanta's Greg Maddux against New York's Jimmy Key. As rain continues to fall Monday morning, reports cautiously predict that the game will be played.