Chipper Jones returns to lead Braves past Astros

Atlanta 6, Houston 4

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HOUSTON — Chipper Jones came off the disabled list and began his final season in the majors with a single and a two-run homer to help the Atlanta Braves get their first win of the season, 6-4 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones, playing in his first game of the regular season, watches his two-run home run along with Houston catcher Chris Snyder. The Braves got their first win Tuesday.  DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID J. PHILLIP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's Chipper Jones, playing in his first game of the regular season, watches his two-run home run along with Houston catcher Chris Snyder. The Braves got their first win Tuesday.

The nearly 40-year-old Jones didn’t look a bit rusty in his return after missing Atlanta’s first four games after surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, singled in his first at-bat and hit a left-handed homer – the 455th of his career – in the third inning to put the Braves up 3-1.

Rookie Tyler Pastornicky added a solo shot for the Braves, sending his first major-league homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field to push Atlanta’s lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning.

Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson (1-1) yielded six hits and two runs with eight strikeouts in five innings for the win.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Former Brave Jordan Schafer singled in the seventh before scoring after consecutive one-out singles that chased Kris Medlen. Chris Johnson’s two-out single scored J.D. Martinez and got Houston within 5-4 with runners at first and second.

Eric O’Flaherty escaped the jam by striking out Chris Snyder to end the inning.

Pinch hitter Eric Hinske drove in an insurance run with a single in the eighth inning that made it 6-4.

Kyle Weiland (0-1), who joined the Astros in an off-season
trade from Boston, allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.

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AT HOUSTON ASTROS

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