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Francoeur, Chipper Jones drive in four runs each

ATLANTA (AP) -- Even though he already had been thrown out at the
plate Sunday by Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur, Luis Gonzalez
decided to test the rookie's arm a second time.

Gonzalez doubled in the fifth inning and tried to score on Shawn
Green's single to right. Even Braves third baseman Chipper Jones,
watching the play develop, thought Gonzalez would be safe.

Instead, Francoeur again threw out Gonzalez with a powerful
throw from right field, and the rookie added a three-run homer as
the Braves beat Arizona 13-8.

Braves pitcher Mike Hampton, backing up catcher Brian McCann on
the throw to the plate, said a shocked Gonzalez muttered "You've
got to be kidding me."

Said Jones: "I didn't think there was any way he would throw
him out the second time."

Francoeur has nine homers and 26 RBI and is hitting .382.

"He's a 21-year-old kid with half a season in Double A,"
Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's playing great. He's a great
outfielder and he has a very accurate arm."

Francoeur drove in a fourth run with a bases-loaded walk, and
Jones also had four RBI with a homer and two doubles. Rookies Ryan
Langerhans and Kelly Johnson added homers for the Braves.

Jones hit a two-run homer, his 10th, in the first inning. He
added run-scoring doubles in the third and fifth innings.

Troy Glaus, Kelly Stinnett and Chris Snyder homered for Arizona,
which had 15 hits. Gonzalez and Royce Clayton each had three hits.

Francoeur's two assists Sunday gave him three in the series and
eight for the season. Despite playing only 28 games since he was
called up from Double-A Mississippi on July 7, Francoeur is only
two assists behind NL leaders Geoff Jenkins and Cliff Floyd.

"He's probably going to lead the league if he doesn't watch
out," Cox said.

Said Arizona manager Bob Melvin: "It seems like he has the
total package."

Though the Diamondbacks kept testing Francoeur's arm, Jones said
the league will learn quickly.

"The kid's got a cannon," Jones said. "His reputation will
spread and they'll stop running on him."

Francoeur threw out Gonzalez in the first inning when Gonzalez
tried to score from second on Tony Clark's single to right.
Francoeur gave credit to McCann.

"He made a couple good blocks at the plate and forced guys to
go around him," Francoeur said.

The Diamondbacks, who began the day three games behind San Diego
in the NL West, are 2-4 on their 12-game road trip.

"It's not a panic situation, but now would be a nice time to
start (winning)," Clayton said.

Returning from the disabled list, Hampton (5-2) settled down
after a rough start to allow three runs and nine hits in five
innings. All the runs and six of the hits came in the first two
innings.

Arizona's Javier Vazquez (9-12) recorded only six outs, allowing
a career-high nine runs. He was pulled after facing seven batters
in the third inning and giving up back-to-back homers to Francoeur
and Langerhans.

"That was embarrassing," Vazquez said. "I should not have
given up that many runs. That's the bottom line. Our team scored
enough runs to win."

Vazquez yielded six hits and seven runs and hit a batter in the
disastrous inning.

Rafael Furcal led off the third with a double. Vazquez hit
Marcus Giles with a pitch and Jones followed with a double that
skipped past Gonzalez in left field for an error, allowing Giles to
score behind Furcal.

Francoeur's homer drove in Andruw Jones and Adam LaRoche for an
8-3 lead. Langerhans added his seventh homer, knocking Vazquez out
of the game.

In three straight losses, Vazquez has given up a combined 19
runs -- 16 earned. His ERA rose from 4.40 to 4.85 Sunday.

Arizona reliever Brian Bruney hit two batters and issued three
walks -- including bases-loaded passes to Langerhans and Brian
McCann -- for a 10-3 Atlanta lead.

Clark's first-inning single drove in Clayton, who added a
two-run single in the second.

Glaus greeted Braves reliever Horacio Ramirez with a
sixth-inning homer, his 26th. Stinnett hit his fourth homer off
Ramirez in the eighth and Snyder had a pinch-hit two-run shot in
the ninth.

Johnson hit a pinch-hit homer, his ninth, off Lance Cormier in
the sixth.

Game notes
Jones' homer was the 320th of his career, tying him and Cox
with the Yankees' Mickey Mantle and manager Casey Stengel for the
most home runs by a player at the start of his career with one
manager. ... Clayton's two-run single in the second was his 1,700th
career hit. ... Arizona pitchers hit three batters, including two
by Bruney. ... The Braves matched a season high with the seven-run
inning. They also scored seven runs in an inning on July 30 against
Pittsburgh.