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Game an official tie unless it affects playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning, then rain halted the game in the top of the 10th with the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants tied 3-3 Thursday night.

The tie left the Giants one game behind Los Angeles Dodgers in
the NL wild-card race.

The tie left the Giants one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL wild-card race.

The game will be replayed only if it has a bearing on the postseason race, possibly the day after the regular season ends. Either way, Thursday night's game gets recorded officially as a tie, and all the stats count.

The Giants, playing the final game of their only series in
Atlanta this season, hadn't had a tie since Sept. 2, 1968, against
the Chicago Cubs. The Braves' most recent tie was May 28, 1989, at
St. Louis.

Shortly after Jones came through with his tying hit against San
Francisco closer Robb Nen, heavy rain began falling at Turner Field.

After a delay of 2 hours, 33 minutes, umpires finally gave up on
trying to resume the game at 1:25 a.m. EDT.

It was the second rainout of the season at Turner Field, which didn't have any during its first five years.

The Braves trailed 3-1 heading to the ninth against Nen, who has
struggled against the Braves throughout his career.

With Rafael Furcal on second after a double, the Braves were
down to their last out. Gary Sheffield walked on four pitches, then
Nen paid dearly for his failure to pay attention to the runners.

Nen barely even looked toward second, allowing Furcal and Sheffield to move up a base without drawing a throw. That proved to be a critical mistake when Jones lifted a two-strike single into right field, bringing home the tying runs.

Nen is 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA in his career against the Braves,
including two blown saves this season. Jones has been especially
troublesome to the Giants closer, going 6-for-12 lifetime.

Barry Bonds had a sacrifice fly but failed to homer for the fifth straight game since hitting No. 600 last Friday.

Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer for the Giants, his third of the
series.

Giants starter Jason Schmidt gave up a season-high seven walks
but just two hits in six innings. The Braves couldn't take
advantage of all those runners, stranding eight while Schmidt was
on the mound.

Atlanta starter Damian Moss gave up just four hits in eight
innings, equaling the longest stint of his career. The rookie
left-hander has allowed only 90 hits in 135 1/3 innings this
season.

Moss, who has struggled with his control at times, walked the
first hitter of the game, David Bell. Two batters later, Kent
pounced on a high fastball, yanking it into the left-field seats
for a 2-0 lead.

The Braves scored their first run in the second, benefiting from
a leadoff walk to Andruw Jones and some shoddy defense by Bonds.

The left fielder got his feet tangled up going back for a liner
by Marcus Giles. The ball deflected off the outside of Bonds' glove
and was ruled a double, allowing Andruw Jones to score all the way
from first.

Bonds made up for his miscue with a sacrifice fly the following
inning. With Bell at third after a double and a wild pitch, Bonds
lifted a fly to left that was deep enough to score the runner.

Game notes
Schmidt began his career with the Braves. He went 5-6 for
Atlanta in two seasons, then was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
in 1996 as part of the deal that brought Denny Neagle to the
Braves. ... RHP Livan Hernandez, who had his first career triple
Wednesday, pinch-hit for Schmidt with two outs in the seventh.
Hernandez, who was batting .292, grounded out in the fourth
pinch-hit appearance of his career, and second this season. ...
Moss also pitched eight innings in an Aug. 4 start against St.
Louis. He gave up one hit and one run but didn't figure in the
decision.