ATLANTA - Chipper Jones feels the same way about Sunday morning batting practice as he does about visits to his dentist.
But it was Jones who did the drilling in Sunday afternoon's 5-1 win, supplying the Braves with an emotional boost at the end of a less-than-stellar homestand that included a series loss to the last-place Diamondbacks and Randy Johnson's perfect game.
"That was big for us," said Jones. "We need to stop going through this period of losing 10 out of 15 games, which means we're losing almost every series. We don't necessarily have to worry about sweeping teams, but concentrate on winning series. If we do that, we should turns things around."
Jones hit his second home run of the series, and rookie second baseman Nick Green later added a double and a single. They enabled the Braves to win the series - just their fifth series win in 14 tries this year.
The Braves didn't immediately profit from the return of leadoff man Rafael Furcal, who celebrated his appearance in the lineup for the first time in 20 games.
"I was 0-for-5, but I'm happy to be back," said the shortstop, who jammed his right ring finger while sliding head-first May 1.Mike Hampton, who hit his 13th career home run in the fourth, was the beneficiary of Atlanta's big bats, winning for the first time in nine starts this season.
"It's been a long time and it definitely felt like it," Hampton said.
"I was due to get a little bit of good luck and I was fortunate to get some today."
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