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Chipper notches extra-base hit in 14th straight to lift Braves

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- No record was safe from Chipper Jones and the
Atlanta Braves, who made spacious Petco Park play like a bandbox.

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.

On a day when both managers, a bench coach and a player were
ejected for arguing balls and strikes, the Braves won their
season-high fifth straight game, and ninth of their last 11.

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.

"At times it's almost surreal," he added. "I put the meat
part of the bat on the ball a lot lately, but even when you don't
you break your bat and they fall in or you check-swing and they
don't call you out. Things like that happen that don't happen for
other people."

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.

Game Notes
Chipper Jones has a 16-game hitting streak. ... Chipper
Jones and McCann each had seven RBI in the series. ... McCann had
three RBI Sunday.