4:05 PM ET, July 16, 2006
Petco Park, San Diego, California
Jones hit a two-run homer Sunday to give him an extra-base hit in 14 straight games, tying a 79-year-old big league record, and the Braves roughed up Jake Peavy during a wild 10-5 win that gave them a three-game sweep of the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.
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While the Braves tore apart the Petco Park record book, Jones hit a 424-foot, two-run homer in the fourth to tie the record of 14 straight games with an extra-base hit set in 1927 by Pittsburgh's Paul Waner.
"That's pretty cool, when you think about all the great players who've played this game," Jones said. "When you think about it, there's not that many 14-game hitting streaks, much less getting an extra-base hit in those 14 games. Then again, I'm going to ride it as long as I can, hopefully extend it out there a few more."
It was Jones' third homer of the series and 14th this year. He hit two in Friday night's 15-12, 11-inning win, which was the highest-scoring game in Petco's three-year history.
Brian McCann also homered Sunday for the Braves, giving them 11 in the series -- a Petco record for one team. The 16 total homers were also a Petco record, eclipsing the 14 hit by the Mariners and Padres June 23-25.
The Braves scored 36 runs -- a ballpark mark -- on 43 hits in the series, including nine doubles. The teams combined for 56 runs -- also a Petco record -- on 82 hits.
"I'm getting a lot of pitches to hit," said Jones, who had three hits and three RBI. "I'm just going through a stretch where I'm not missing them and doing a lot of damage with them. Again, the guys in front of me have been doing a terrific job of getting on base, and me and Andruw [Jones] have been cleaning them up.
|Elias Says ...
Atlanta swept its three-game series at San Diego by scores of 15-12, 11-3 and 10-5. The Braves hadn't swept a road series of at least three games while scoring at least 10 runs in each game since 1950, when the Boston Braves won three in a row at Cincinnati (May 4-6; 12-6, 13-1 and 15-11).
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It was Chipper Jones' checked-swing in the sixth that led to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ejecting Padres manager Bruce Bochy and bench coach Tony Muser.
As Jones took a few steps behind Dreckman, third-base umpire Ed Hickox, on appeal, ruled that Jones didn't swing.
"I was walking back to the dugout," Jones said with a laugh.
Dreckman then ripped off his mask and began walking toward the Padres' dugout while exchanging words, apparently with Muser, who was tossed. Both Muser and Bochy came out to argue, and Bochy eventually was thrown out. Bochy kept arguing and had to be restrained by first base umpire Gary Darling. Bochy slammed down his cap near home plate before heading to the dugout.
"I was just putting the tarp on the field with the hat," deadpanned Bochy, whose size 8 3/4 hat is the biggest in the majors.
"There was no question that Chipper went there," Bochy said. "Chipper knew he went there and we didn't get the call. I thought Jake threw some good pitches early and he wasn't getting them. Questionable calls, borderline calls, we didn't get. It makes it that much tougher when you're going against a club that is playing well."
The Padres also were unhappy with Dreckman's calls in the third inning. Peavy, who lost his fourth straight decision, glared at Dreckman after striking out Andruw Jones to end the inning. Dreckman had called three straight balls during the at-bat.
In the seventh, Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur struck out and said something to Dreckman on his way back to the dugout and was tossed. Manager Bobby Cox came out to argue and was run.
Peavy (4-9) has lost six of seven decisions. Winless since May 28, he allowed seven runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked four.
Chuck James (4-0) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one.
San Diego's Brian Giles missed hitting for the cycle by a homer.
The Braves scored six runs in the fourth. San Diego's Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 13th. The Padres pulled to 7-5 in the fifth.
Chipper Jones has a 16-game hitting streak. ... Chipper Jones and McCann each had seven RBI in the series. ... McCann had three RBI Sunday.
Regular Season Series
|Atlanta leads 7-2 (as of Sun 7/16)|
|Fri 4/14||@ATL 5, SD 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/15||@ATL 2, SD 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/16||SD 4, @ATL 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/22||ATL 3, @SD 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/23||@SD 2, ATL 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/24||ATL 10, @SD 6||Recap|
|Fri 7/14||ATL 15, @SD 12||Recap|
|Sat 7/15||ATL 11, @SD 3||Recap|
|» Sun 7/16||ATL 10, @SD 5||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Braves | Padres|
|2nd||B McCann homered to right.||1||0|
|3rd||E Young hit sacrifice fly to center, J Barfield scored.||1||1|
|4th||S Thorman doubled to deep right center, J Francoeur and A LaRoche scored.||3||1|
|4th||W Betemit doubled to deep center, S Thorman scored.||4||1|
|4th||E Renteria singled to left, W Betemit scored.||5||1|
|4th||C Jones homered to right, E Renteria scored.||7||1|
|4th||K Greene homered to left, B Giles scored.||7||3|
|5th||M Cameron tripled to deep left center, J Barfield scored.||7||4|
|5th||B Giles singled to left, M Cameron scored.||7||5|
|8th||C Jones singled to right, W Betemit scored, E Renteria to third, C Jones to second on error by right fielder B Giles.||8||5|
|8th||B McCann singled to right, E Renteria and C Jones scored, A Jones to third.||10||5|
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|Stadium||Petco Park, San Diego, CA|
|Attendance||31,650 (74.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||79 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Ed Hickox|