Cox's Illustrious Career Ends in Braves 3-2 Loss

By: From CBS Sports
By: From CBS Sports

ATLANTA -- San Francisco won another thriller, again with help from some shaky Atlanta defense, and the Giants are off to the NL championship series for the first time since 2002.

For Bobby Cox, there are no more games.

Cody Ross homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning single, leading the Giants to a 3-2 victory in Game 4 Monday night and wrapping up an NL division series that was tight and tense to the very last out.

Every game was decided by one run, but the Giants won three of them to take the best-of-five series and earn a shot against the two-time defending NL champion Phillies. Game 1 is Saturday at Philadelphia.

After Melky Cabrera grounded out with two runners aboard to end the series and Cox's career, the fans chanted "Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!" The retiring manager finally came out of the dugout and tipped his cap. Even the Giants halted their celebration, clapping for Cox and tipping their caps from the winning side of the field.

"Thank You, Bobby Cox," the giant video board said as "Georgia On My Mind" played throughout the stadium.

The Braves have yet to win at Turner Field with a series on the line, losing for the eighth straight time in that situation since the Ted opened to baseball in 1997. Cox won't get a chance to end that streak, deciding more than a year ago to call it a career at age 69.

He heads for the rocking chair as the fourth winningest manager in baseball history (2,504 regular-season victories) but one major shortcoming on a record that will surely be good enough to land him in Cooperstown. In 16 trips to the playoffs — one with Toronto, 15 with the Braves — Cox's teams captured only one World Series title, way back in 1995.

A Braves fan held up a sign pleading for the team to "Win It For Bobby," but Ross and the Giants were in no mood for sentimentality. Not even with the comfort of knowing that Game 5 would've been back in San Francisco, and ace Tim Lincecum was all rested and ready to go after a two-hit, 14-strikeout performance in Game 1.

Now, Lincecum is lined up to start the NLCS opener against Roy Halladay, who pitched a no-hitter last week in his postseason debut. The Phillies and Giants split six games this season.


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