Originally created 05/15/00

Braves pound Phillies, win series



PHILADELPHIA -- It seems equally unlikely to imagine, on a short night or a long day, that Chipper Jones would do a Mantle impersonation, that Andruw Jones would challenge history, that Rafael Furcal would try and move Quilvio Veras out of his leadoff spot, and that John Burkett would cement a job in the rotation.

But here the Braves sit, four days removed from a disastrous visit to Florida, savoring their first three-game sweep at Veterans Stadium since 1997 because all those elements were in place Sunday afternoon in an 11-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies, ending the trip with a respectable 4-3 record.

Little more than 12 hours after Saturday night's rain-delayed game ended, the Braves returned armed and ready with a lineup that blistered five Phils pitchers for a season-high 16 hits, including Chipper Jones homering from both sides of the plate, Andruw Jones falling a single shy of hitting for the cycle and Furcal contributing three hits and a pair of runs.

"We came out of Florida knowing we were going to see (Curt) Schilling and (Andy) Ashby and the prospects of us having a 4-3 road trip were slim and none and we did it," Chipper Jones said. "It's a good way to go home and start a homestand."

The Braves, who squeezed out a 3-2 victory Saturday night, a game that didn't end until nearly 1 a.m., scored early, scored late and in between received an impressive performance from Burkett. He worked seven shutout innings, gave up five hits and two walks, striking out six.

Burkett, who evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 5.06, has allowed just two runs in his last 13 innings.

"I'm starting to feel more and more like myself," he said. "I had command of my fastball and that's always key. It definitely feels good to contribute a little bit and make their decision (to sign me) look a little bit better."

Phils starter Paul Byrd almost pitched for the cycle twice. In the first, he gave up a single (Furcal), double (A. Jones) and home run (C. Jones), then matched it in the second with another single (Keith Lockhart), double (Furcal) and home run (A. Jones).

Pity the poor Phillies, they never had a chance.

By the time Andruw Jones' 10th homer flew over the left field wall, leaving him one shy of Andres Galarraga's club-leading total, the Braves were ahead 6-0.

In the fifth, center fielder Doug Glanville lost Jones' ball in the sun and while it took a kangaroo hop off the turf, Jones dashed to third. It should have been the easiest of plays, but Glanville wasn't charged with an error and Jones was credited with a triple.

Jones had two chances to become the first Brave since Albert Hall in 1987 (and the fifth in Braves modern history) to hit for the cycle. But he missed by inches, rocketing a pitch that reliever Trever Miller turned into a seventh-inning double play, then he went down swinging in the eighth.

"It would have been nice," Jones said. "A lot of people don't hit for the cycle. I don't know how (Miller) caught it, but he did. I don't think he even knew he had it. If he had to do it again, he'd probably miss it."

Hitting right-handed against Miller in the seventh, Chipper Jones launched his eighth homer, the fourth time he's homered from both sides and the 14th time he's homered twice in a game. Mark DeRosa's first extra-base hit in the majors came with the bases loaded in the eighth, delivering the first three RBI of his career and making it 10-0.

The Jones boys, who had combined for one RBI on the trip, came away with three each.

"I felt I was due a good day, but I didn't think I was going to have one," Chipper Jones said. "I spread out a little bit at the plate, had a good base and put some good wood on some balls."

So, the Braves head home, where they have won 14 of 18 this season, to enjoy a day off before opening a six-game set against the Giants and Padres Tuesday night.

"It was a great comeback to make this trip 4-3," manager Bobby Cox said. "It could have been a lot worse."