Unlike last year, Chris Young solved the Atlanta Braves.

Young struck out eight in six innings, and visiting San Diego beat the Braves last night, 4-2.

Last year, Young went 0-1 against the Braves in two starts, both at San Diego, allowing 13 runs and 15 hits in six innings, a 19.50 ERA. Young (4-2) allowed two runs and two hits in six innings this time, walking two.

He struck out seven in the first four innings, allowing only one hit. Young, unbeaten in 25 straight road starts before losing at Los Angeles on April 15, is 2-2 away from home this season. He has allowed five hits in his last two starts.

Scott Linebrink, Heath Bell and Trevor Hoffman completed the three-hitter, with Hoffman getting his ninth save in 11 chances to finish off San Diego's third straight victory.

Chuck James (3-3) gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings, the first time in seven starts this season he has not lasted five innings.

Braves reliever Chad Paronto hit Young on his left leg with a pitch in the sixth, and plate umpire Jim Joyce warned both benches.

In other games:

* At Miami, Brad Penny (4-0) struck out a career-high 14 and allowed only five baserunners in seven shutout innings, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida, 6-1.

* At Cincinnati, Luke Scott hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning that helped Roy Oswalt (5-2) get his 19th career victory over the Reds as Houston won, 5-4.

* At Milwaukee, Chris Capuano (5-0) struck out a season-high nine, Geoff Jenkins hit a homer and the Brewers won for the eighth time in nine games, 3-0, over Washington.

* At San Francisco, Bengie Molina hit two homers, driving in five runs, and Rich Aurilia added a three- run shot as the Giants beat the New York Mets, 9-4.

* At St. Louis, Brad Hawpe drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning and Todd Helton hit a solo homer in the second, lifting Colorado to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.


* Pittsburgh reliever Matt Capps was suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed sum for hitting the Brewers' Prince Fielder with a pitch during a 6-3 loss Saturday in Milwaukee. *