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Series: Game 1 of 4

Atlanta leads 1-0 (as of 9/5)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
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Game 2: Friday, September 5
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Game 3: Saturday, September 6
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Game 4: Sunday, September 7
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Pirates 2

(63-75, 31-37 away)

Braves 3

(88-52, 47-21 home)

    4:35 PM ET, September 5, 2003

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: W. Cunnane (1-1)

    L: M. Corey (0-2)

    Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 2 (10 innings, 1st Game)

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones helped tie the game with a simple hustle play. He later won it with a home run.

    Jones homered with one out in the 10th inning, giving the Atlanta Braves a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in the opener of a doubleheader.

    Jones lined a 2-1 pitch from Mark Corey (0-2) off the very top of the wall in right-center, and the ball skidded across to snap the Braves' three-game losing streak.

    "I saw a changeup really good out of his hand," Jones said. "I just got enough of it, from what I hear. Better to be lucky than good."

    Will Cunnane (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th, striking out the side on 11 pitches.

    In the nightcap, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox sat several of his regulars, including Gary Sheffield. September callup Ryan Langerhans got the first start of his career in place of Sheffield in right, and center fielder Andruw Jones, third baseman Vinny Castilla and catcher Javy Lopez also got the night off.

    Reggie Sanders gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead with a homer off Horacio Ramirez in the seventh, and Atlanta tied it on a two-out single by Vinny Castilla in the eighth that scored Jones.

    Jones led off the eighth with a single, then tagged up on a deep flyout to center by Andruw Jones. He narrowly beat the throw to second by Tike Redman, and after a groundout by Javy Lopez moved Chipper Jones to third, he scored easily on Castilla's hit.

    "He's a superstar that doesn't mind getting dirty," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McLendon said of Chipper Jones. "He tagged up on a routine fly ball. Chipper did it all. He won the ballgame for them."

    The ending spoiled a brilliant pitching duel between Ramirez and Oliver Perez, who lasted only 2 1-3 innings in his previous start, also against Atlanta. In that one, he walked five and allowed six runs on four hits.

    That was his debut with the Pirates; he joined the team in the trade that sent Brian Giles to the San Diego Padres.

    But he went seven strong innings this time and allowed six hits and one run. He struck out six. The Braves left eight runners on against him -- Javy Lopez accounted for five. He struck out with two on in the first, then lined into a double play with the bases loaded in the third.

    Ramirez also had struggled of late, going nearly two months without a win until beating the Pirates in his previous start.

    He was on top of his game Friday, pitching nine innings for the second time this year and giving up just three hits -- two singles to Jeff Reboulet to go with Sanders' homer. At one point, he retired 23 of 25 batters.

    "I never doubted myself, but it's really nice to have a game like this, to go out there and throw nine innings," Ramirez said. "If we had lost, it would have been tough.

    "But I had total confidence in the offense. I knew we were going to win. It was only a matter of time."

    The Pirates got an unearned run in the first, thanks to a throwing error by Castilla. He ranged to his left to field a grounder by Tike Redman, but his throw skipped past first baseman Julio Franco, allowing Redman to go to second.

    A single by Reboulet moved Redman to third, and he scored on a fielder's choice by Jason Kendall.

    The Braves got the run back in the bottom half, when Rafael Furcal scored on Gary Sheffield's first triple of the season.

    Game notes


    There were only about 4,000 people in the stands for the 4:35 p.m. EDT start. ... Franco made his first start since going on the disabled list Aug. 18 with a fractured middle finger on his left hand. ... Sanders has 30 home runs this season, the second time in three seasons he's reached that figure. His hit a career-high 33 with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. ... Braves RHP Darren Holmes, on the DL since May 7 with neuritis in his pitching shoulder, threw off the mound for the first time Friday.

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