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Jones doubles Braves to 5-4 win over Giants

Jones doubles Braves to 5-4 win over Giants

Chipper Jones doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Bob Wickman blew a save in the top half Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was tossed after the fifth inning for arguing a called third strike on Jones _ the 132nd ejection of his career to break the mark originally set by Hall of Famer John McGraw.
Steve Kline (1-1) walked Willie Harris leading off the Atlanta ninth, and Kelly Johnson reached on a throwing error by Kline while bunting the runner along. Randy Messenger came on to give up Jones' game-winning hit, which split the gap in left-center.
Marlins 14, Diamondbacks 5
At Miami, Dontrelle Willis earned his first win since May 29, striking out 11 in seven innings and Florida's bats do the rest in a victory over Arizona.
Willis (8-12) had gone 0-7 over his past 13 starts. His teammates came to the rescue, building a 14-1 lead by the time he took the mound in the fifth inning.
Kim Byung-hyun (6-6) lasted only 17 pitches in his second start for the Diamondbacks since they claimed him off waivers from Florida. He retired one batter and gave up four runs, three earned, hiking his ERA with Arizona to 23.62.
Mets 5, Pirates 4
At Pittsburgh, Moises Alou's two-run single in the eighth inning put New York ahead, and the Mets finally figured out how to win in Pittsburgh.
Carlos Beltran, who doubled to set up the two-run eighth, hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the Mets won in PNC Park for only the second time in nine games. The Mets were swept by the last-place Pirates in a three-game series last September when they needed to win only once to clinch the NL East.
With the scored at 3, David Wright singled and Beltran doubled against reliever Salomon Torres (1-4), who faced only the two batters. Damaso Marte came on to walk Carlos Delgado to load the bases, and Alou, who stranded two runners in his previous at-bat, hit a line-drive single to center against Shawn Chacon that made it 5-3.
Phillies 3, Nationals 2
At Washington, Russell Branyan's pinch-hit, two-run homer keyed an eighth-inning rally and Philadelphia beat Washington to remain three games behind the New York Mets in the National League East.
Trailing 2-0 entering the eighth, Jayson Werth hit a one-out grounder to third which Ryan Zimmerman threw away for a two-base error. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single off Jon Rauch (8-3) to score Werth. Branyan, in his first at-bat with the Phillies after being acquired on Aug. 9 from Cleveland, lined a 1-0 pitch into the mezzanine in right field for his eighth home run of the year.
Branyan was batting for Antonio Alfonseca (4-1), who got the win after he retired the only batter he faced in the seventh. Tom Gordon allowed one hit in the eighth. Brett Myers struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save.
Reds 6, Cubs 5
At Chicago, Aaron Harang allowed four hits, including three homers, but still outpitched Carlos Zambrano as Cincinnati sent suddenly reeling Chicago to its seventh loss in nine games.
Harang (12-3) gave up three solo shots in seven-plus innings _ back-to-back homers to Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the fourth and one to Jacque Jones in the sixth. David Weathers earned his 23rd save.
Zambrano (14-9) didn't look at all like the Cubs' ace, failing for the third straight start to get his 15th win. He allowed 13 hits and six runs in seven innings with two walks and no strikeouts.
Cardinals 12, Brewers 4
At Milwaukee, St. Louis tied a season high with 19 hits and scored six runs in the fifth inning to rally past Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers' 1982 World Series team reunion.
Both teams wore throwback uniforms to commemorate the 1982 series, in which the Cardinals defeated the Brewers in seven games _ making Tuesday's result look vaguely familiar.
Jim Edmonds went 4-for-6 and drove in three runs for the Cardinals. Kip Wells (6-13) got the win.
Prince Fielder hit his 37th homer and Geoff Jenkins added a two-run shot in the first inning, but Chris Capuano (5-10) couldn't hold the lead and hasn't won since May 7, losing his last 10 decisions.
Padres 8, Rockies 0
At San Diego, rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff homered and hit a two-run single during the six-run second inning, carrying Greg Maddux and San Diego past erratic Jeff Francis and Colorado.
Morgan Ensberg also homered as the two-time defending NL West champion Padres pulled within two games of Arizona, which lost 14-5 at Florida. Maddux (8-9) and three relievers combined for San Diego's 17th shutout, tops in the majors.
Colorado, which had won five of seven coming in, remained five games back in third. They were shut out for the first time since July 22, at Washington.
Astros 7, Dodgers 4
At Los Angeles, Chris Burke capped a six-run sixth inning with a two-run single, Mike Lamb also drove in a pair of runs, and Houston beat Los Angeles.
Matt Albers (3-5) won for the first time in three starts since returning to the Astros' rotation. It was the right-hander's second start in place of rookie Chris Sampson, who is on the disabled list because of a sprained elbow. Albers allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out one and walking two in his Dodger Stadium debut.
Brett Tomko (2-10) allowed five runs, six hits and four walks over five-plus innings and struck out five. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.06 ERA in seven starts at home this season.


Updated : 2021-10-16 16:00 GMT+08:00