Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Atlanta leads 1-0 (as of 4/8)

Game 1: Friday, April 8
Philadelphia3Final
Atlanta6
Game 2: Saturday, April 9
Philadelphia10Final
Atlanta2
Game 3: Sunday, April 10
Philadelphia3Final
Atlanta0

Phillies 3

(5-2, 0-1 away)

Braves 6

(4-4, 1-0 home)

    7:35 PM ET, April 8, 2011

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

    123456789 R H E
    PHI 210000000 3 8 0
    ATL 03030000 - 6 12 2

    W: T. Hudson (2-0)

    L: C. Lee (1-1)

    S: C. Kimbrel (3)

    Chipper Jones reaches 2,500 hits as Braves chase Cliff Lee, beat Phillies

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- A perfect night for Chipper Jones.

    Jones hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fourth inning off Cliff Lee, added his 2,500th career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Friday night in their home opener.

    Even better, Bobby Cox was there to see it all after throwing out the first pitch.

    "I couldn't have scripted it any better," Jones said.

    Jones had two hits to reach the milestone.

    Lee (1-1) couldn't hold an early 3-0 lead as the Braves scored three runs in the second and then knocked the left-hander out of the game with three in the fourth.

    Tim Hudson (2-0) spotted the Phillies three runs before finishing strong. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs, with no walks in 7 2/3 innings.

    "That's why he's a big-game pitcher," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

    Hudson escaped a fifth-inning jam when Ryan Howard hit into a double play with the bases loaded. Howard hit a soft grounder to Hudson, who threw to catcher Brian McCann to start the double play.

    "I'm proud of it," Hudson said of his hard-fought win. "It wasn't pretty by any means, but you can't argue with the results."

    The Braves won in the home debut for Gonzalez, who caught the pregame first pitch from Cox, his predecessor.

    "He had good movement," Gonzalez said of Cox's toss from in front of the mound. "He had a nice, little sinker going for him."

    Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, striking out former Braves utility man Pete Orr to end the game.

    Martin Prado, who had three hits, and Alex Gonzalez had run-scoring doubles for Atlanta in the second. Jason Heyward led off the inning with a triple.

    Lee lasted only 3 1/3 innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs with a walk and one hit batter. He struck out three.

    "I felt like his [arm] angle wasn't real good," said Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel. "He was up mostly all night. It was hard to get his breaking ball over.

    "He has a game like that every once in a while."

    Lee's outing was his shortest since Sept. 4, 2009, when he lasted only three innings for Philadelphia in a 7-0 loss at Houston.

    Hudson found trouble and bad luck in the first inning. Shane Victorino led off the game with a single that bounced off second base. Placido Polanco followed with a single to shallow left but was forced out at second on a grounder by Jimmy Rollins.

    Howard's sacrifice fly to left field drove in Victorino. Rollins scored from second on Ben Francisco's single to left.

    Carlos Ruiz led off the second with a single off Hudson's leg and eventually scored on Victorino's grounder for a 3-0 lead.

    Jones reached the milestone with a sixth-inning single off Antonio Bastardo. He raised his helmet as the sellout crowd of 51,331 -- including Cox and his family -- cheered.

    Cox was the only manager Jones had played for before this season. Cox retired after last season.

    "You had to know Bobby Cox was going to be in the house tonight," Jones said.

    Jones is the ninth switch-hitter to reach 2,500 hits. The three RBIs left him with 1,497. If he drives in three more runs, Jones will join Eddie Murray as the only switch-hitters with at least 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs.

    "He's just been a good, solid hitter his whole career," Manuel said. "I saw him in the minor leagues. He's not a lifetime .300 hitter for nothing."

    Before the game, the 38-year-old Jones called 2,500 hits "a nice round number" but said the milestone is "not a huge deal."

    Cox, wearing his No. 6 jersey and khaki pants, tipped his Braves cap to the fans before throwing the pitch -- a little wide -- from the front of the mound. Gonzalez, a former catcher, caught the pitch and the two then embraced briefly.

    "I threw a four-seamer that sunk," Cox said.

    Gonzalez was Cox's third base coach from 2003-06.

    The Braves did not announce the unusual pairing for the first pitch. Last year, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron threw the first pitch to then-rookie right fielder Heyward.

    Cox is fourth all-time with 2,504 wins, including 2,149 in 25 years with the Braves.

    Game notes


    Bastardo recorded six straight strikeouts after giving up Jones' milestone hit. ... The Braves optioned LHP Mike Minor to Triple-A Gwinnett and purchased the contract of C J.C. Boscan. Minor made a fill-in start in a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday as RHP Jair Jurrjens opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Jurrjens will make a rehab start for Gwinnett on Monday and could then return to Atlanta. ... Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, attended the game and sat near Cox's family.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    Game Information

    StadiumTurner Field, Atlanta, GA
    Attendance51,331 (104% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:46
    Weather76 degrees, cloudy
    Wind7 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth

    Research Notes

    How Braves starter Tim Hudson beat the Phillies: Mixed up his pitches: Hudson had a balance between four pitches (32 percent fastball, 26 percent sinker, 22 percent slider, and 15 percent changeup). The sinker percentage was the only one to go down from his first start (57 percent), but did not allow a hit in at-bats ending with the sinker (0-for-7). Battled when behind: Hudson went to one 2-0 count (Wilson Valdez in 6th) and all eight at-bats that ended with Hudson behind in the count resulted in an out. At-bats ended early: Hudson threw 3.13 pitches per plate appearance against the Phillies, which is his lowest over the past two seasons. After a 24 pitch first inning, Hudson threw no more than 14 pitches in an inning for the rest of the game. It's the first time since August 18 of last season Hudson went beyond seven innings pitched.
    The Phillies are 5-2 and have an early lead in the NL East, but it's not because of their vaunted starting rotation. Roy Halladay has picked up where he left off last season, with an 0.69 ERA in two starts. Which makes the following numbers even more "impressive".
      [+]

    ESPN Stats & Information