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Jones' home runs lead Braves to win

POSTED: April 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
/The Associated Press

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones follows through as he hits a three-run home run in the fifth inning in Atlanta on Friday.

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ATLANTA — Another night, another two homers for Chipper Jones.

The Braves slugger homered twice for the second game in a row to lead Atlanta past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1 on Friday night.

Jones hit a three-run shot off Derek Lowe in the fifth to break open a 2-0 game, then added a solo homer against Chan Ho Park in the seventh to make it 6-1.

The previous night, Jones went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs in an 8-0 rout of the Florida Marlins. The 3-of-5 performance against the Dodgers raised his average to .455, with six homers and 18 RBIs.

Replacement starter Jeff Bennett worked into the fifth without allowing a run but came up one out short of qualifying for the win. Manager Bobby Cox went to the bullpen after Bennett allowed a two-out double to Rafael Furcal, then walked Matt Kemp. Will Ohman (1-0) came in from the bullpen and struck out Andre Ethier swinging.

Bennett filled in for Tom Glavine, who came out of his last start with an ailing hamstring. The 303-game winner had hoped to start Saturday against the Dodgers, but the team announced during the game he was going on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year career.

Chuck James was recalled from Triple-A Richmond to start next. The Braves can only hope he does as well as Bennett, who was making his second start in eight appearances this season. He allowed just two hits — the first a comebacker off the pitcher’s leg — walked two and struck out four.

Andruw Jones, who spent his entire career with the Braves before signing with Los Angeles over the winter, returned to Atlanta for the first time in a visiting uniform. He struck out twice, walked and hit a meaningless double in the ninth.

Jones’ reception was mostly cheers, though a few boos were scattered in.

The Braves jumped ahead with two runs in the second, taking advantage when Mark Teixeira’s grounder got through second baseman Jeff Kent for an error. Brian McCann followed with a double to the gap in left-center, and a couple of hits that never left the infield accounted for RBIs.

Jeff Francoeur singled off third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, and Gregor Blanco bounced one up the middle that nicked Lowe and rolled away, giving the rookie his first career RBI.

Blanco went 2-for-3 with a walk in his first career start.

Lowe (1-1) had a tough night. He also took a liner off his right foot and lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing eight hits, five runs (four earned) and walking four.Notes: Juan Pierre drove in the only Dodgers run with a pinch-hit single in the seventh. ... The Dodgers were held to five hits by five Atlanta pitchers. ... Ohman went 1 1-3 innings for the win. ... Buddy Carlyle, Blaine Boyer and Manny Acosta pitched the final three innings for the Braves.



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