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Braves bounce back, 7-1; knot NCLS series at 1-all

His home run sailed so far into the right-field seats that Ryan Klesko stood at the plate, admiring his accomplishment.

After the game, he was equally impressed by what his team had done Wednesday against the Florida Marlins."We played good defense, Tommy pitched a great game and we swung the bats well - just typical Atlanta Braves baseball," Klesko said.

A day after embarrassing themselves in the opener of the NL championship series, Tom Glavine and the Braves bounced back. Looking every bit like the club that has often excelled in October, Atlanta put down the upstart Marlins 7-1 to tie the series at one game each.

"This team just picks itself up and moves on. After what happened, we knew what we had to do," Klesko said.

Klesko and Chipper Jones hit two-run homers off Alex Fernandez, while Glavine, given an early 5-0 lead, pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning. The Braves' defense, the downfall in a 5-3 loss in Game 1, looked sharp in making every play.

"I said it last night: The Braves aren't going to get excited about one loss," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. "They came back today and did everything almost perfect."

The best-of-7 series shifts to Florida for Game 3 on Friday night. Rookie Tony Saunders, 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA against Atlanta this season, faces John Smoltz.

The loss was Florida's first in postseason play, following four wins earlier in the playoffs. As much as the Marlins hoped, they knew the real Braves were bound to show up soon, especially after several mistakes made all five runs against Greg Maddux unearned in Game 1.

"We knew that wasn't typical of them," Florida first baseman Jeff Conine said. "We knew it was going to get a lot tougher."

If the Braves were feeling the pressure to perform, neither Glavine nor his teammates showed it.

"Today was a good example," said Glavine, who allowed just three hits in 72/3 innings. "We did not panic, we didn't come into the locker room tense today. We knew there were a lot more games to play."