Teenager Leads Braves to 12-1 Opener

NEW YORK -- Nineteen-year-old Andruw Jones homered twice and drove in five runs while John Smoltz allowed just two hits in six innings as the Atlanta Braves demolished the New York Yankees 12-1 in the World Series opener.


In a Game 1 delayed one day by Saturday's rain and wind, Jones scored three times and had three hits and Smoltz threw a no-hitter through four innings in a show of complete domination by the National League champions.


Jones, who in just under two months this year jumped from the low minor leagues to the majors, hit full-count, two-out homers in the second and third innings.


The left-fielder became the youngest man ever to homer in the World Series at 19 years, 6 months, and the 25th to homer in his first Series at-bat.


In the second inning, one out after Javier Lopez poked a single up the middle, the Curacao kid smacked a 3-2 fast ball into the left-field seats to put the Braves up 2-0.


In the third inning, Jeff Blauser and Marquis Grissom singled, Mark Lemke bunted them over and Chipper Jones singled both home to make it 4-0. Fred McGriff singled him home, Lopez walked and an out later, Andruw Jones again took the count to 3-2, this time against Brian Boehringer.


Jones then slammed a slider into the bullpen area beyond left field to make it 8-0.


In the fifth, McGriff added a solo shot off the right-field foul pole to make it 9-0.


The Yanks finally scored in the bottom of the fifth when Derek Jeter walked and Wade Boggs got New York's first hit, a double scoring Jeter.


"I could care less about the no-hitter, but the run ...," said Smoltz.


Andruw Jones led off the sixth by sending a ground ball to third along with a shard of his broken bat that hit Boggs in the leg, and Tino Martinez could not scoop the throw at first.


"I saw I had a chance, so I just kept running, and I beat it out," said Jones.


The Braves went on to score three runs in the inning capped by a sacrifice by the other Jones boy, third baseman Chipper, 24, who had three RBI.


The Braves finished with 13 hits.


Smoltz, who walked five and struck out four, recorded his 100th career post-season strikeout when he caught Martinez looking in the third. Yankee starter Andy Pettitte, who yielded six hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings, took the loss.