Chipper returns with bang as Braves extend winning streak

Atlanta 7, Milwaukee 4

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ATLANTA — Chipper Jones wants to relish the highlights in his final season.

Jones (10) celebrates with Martin Prado after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jones (10) celebrates with Martin Prado after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.

His first home game earned a special place on that list.

Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five in a row after losing their first four games. Beachy gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.

Jones, whose 40th birthday is April 24, had arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He missed the first two games of the series after having the knee drained on Friday.

He hit a hanging curve ball from Chris Narveson for the three-run homer in the third inning that gave the Braves the lead.

“It was a pretty cool moment,” said Jones, who announced in spring training he will retire after the season. “This year is going to be filled with a lot of moments, I hope. I’ve had two so far.”

Jones has two homers in only three games. After missing the first four games of the season while recovering from the surgery, he homered in his first game back on Tuesday night in Houston.

“It’s just amazing,” said Beachy, who became Atlanta’s second consecutive starter to pitch at least seven innings without allowing an earned run. “He just had his knee drained and comes up today with a big three-run homer. …It’s just huge having him out there.”

TODAY’S GAME

NEW YORK METS

AT ATLANTA BRAVES

Dillon

Gee

(0-1, 5.06)

Tommy

Hanson

(1-1, 2.70)

7:10 • FSS • Turner Field


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