PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Chipper Jones isn't the man in Atlanta's
lineup anymore. He isn't even the best Jones on the team this year.
Just like old times, though, the Braves relied on Chipper's bat
to get an important win.
Jones hit two homers and tied his career-high with five RBI,
helping Atlanta avert a four-game sweep with a 6-4 victory over the
Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
"He's been doing it ever since he's been healthy," Braves
manager Bobby Cox said. "He and Andruw (Jones) have been
While Chipper Jones has battled through injuries that have
forced him to miss more than 50 games this season, Andruw Jones has
enjoyed a breakthrough year. He has 50 homers, the first major
league player to reach that mark since 2002, and 125 RBI.
"I'd like to see some other guys chime in and get hot,"
Chipper Jones said. "Andruw and I aren't going to do drive in all
the runs every night."
The NL East-leading Braves moved six games ahead of the Phillies
and Florida Marlins. Philadelphia and Florida fell a half-game
behind Houston in the NL wild-card standings.
Jones hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run
shot in the seventh for his 32nd career multihomer game.
"I got a couple changeups and was able to send them," he said.
Kyle Farnsworth got the last four outs for his seventh save
since joining the Braves on July 31. He retired Chase Utley on a
grounder to first to leave runners at second and third in the
eighth, but gave up a solo homer to Ryan Howard, his 18th, in the
Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which plays 12
of its final 15 games on the road. The Phillies start a three-game
series in Florida on Friday night and play three games in Atlanta
"I feel confident. I think 87 or 88 wins will win this,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies (78-69) need to finish 10-5 to reach Manuel's
Brett Myers (12-8) allowed four runs and five hits in six
innings. It was the third straight subpar outing for Myers, who was
outstanding early in the season. He was 0-2 and the Phillies lost
all three of his starts during this 10-game homestand.
"I made a bad pitch. He's a great hitter," Myers said.
Furcal started the seventh with a double off Ryan Madson. One
out later, Jones connected, sending one into the shrubs beyond the
wall in straightaway center to make it 6-2.
Jones, who has been bothered by a strained left quadriceps, has
19 homers. He ignored the fans as they chanted his first name,
"Larry," put his head down and trotted around the bases each
time, silencing a crowd that brought brooms to the stadium hoping
for Philadelphia's first four-game sweep over the Braves since
"He's gotten a ton of big hits for us," Cox said.
Abreu cut it to 3-2 in the fifth with a two-run shot to right,
but the Braves answered when LaRoche hit his 16th homer on Myers'
first pitch of the sixth for a 4-2 lead.
Howard's two-out RBI single in the seventh made it 6-3.
Sosa worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning,
getting Pat Burrell on a popup to third and retiring Howard on a
fly to deep center.
The Phillies had a runner reach second in each of the first four
innings, but failed to score.
Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins had three hits, extending his
career-best hitting streak to 21 games. Since 1900, the longest
hitting streak for a Phillie was 26 games by Chuck Klein in 1930.
... Furcal stole his career-high 41st base. ... Jones' first homer
was his 1,800th career hit. He's homered twice in a game two times
this season. It was the 10th time he's had five RBI. ... Myers has
pitched a career-high 196 2-3 innings this season. ... The Phillies
stole a season-high five bases.