Originally created 05/26/06

Braves' bats finally come alive in San Diego



SAN DIEGO - One night after Chipper Jones lamented Atlanta's inability to score runs in San Diego, the Braves gave Petco Park and the Padres' pitching staff a good workout.

Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and Chipper Jones had four singles and scored three runs to lead the Braves to a 10-6 win over the Padres on Wednesday night.

Atlanta scored just four runs total in the first two games of the series.

"This is a difficult park to hit in," Chipper Jones said. "It's a spacious yard, but they have always pitched well against us here and they play good defense, so it's not an easy place to score runs.

"Just as I say that, we come out and score 10. I guess I'm going to have to use the reverse psychology more often."

Edgar Renteria also homered, Andruw Jones scored three runs and Adam LaRoche had three RBI for the Braves, who took two of three from the slumping Padres. Taking advantage of catcher Mike Piazza's weak arm, Chipper Jones and Matt Diaz each stole two bases.

San Diego lost for the seventh time in nine games.

John Thomson (2-3) went 7Q innings for the win, allowing eight hits and six runs, four earned. He struck out three and walked one.

San Diego's Chris Young was knocked out after three innings, his shortest start of the year.

Young (3-3) fell behind 3-0 before he got two outs in the first inning. Renteria hit a solo homer into the home-run porch down the right-field line with one out, Chipper Jones singled and Andruw Jones ended his 71 at-bat homerless drought by going deep into the left-field corner on a full-count.

"It felt good, period," Andruw Jones said. "Everybody came out swinging the bat pretty good and when guys made mistakes we took advantage. I had a couple of fastballs to hit and I just jumped on them, hit them out of the park."

Chipper Jones singled leading off the third, and Andruw Jones hit Young's next pitch off the top of the fence in straightaway center field for a 5-1 lead.

Andruw Jones has 11 homers this year. It was his second multihomer game this year and the 32nd of his career.

"It's a welcome sight," Chipper Jones said of Andruw Jones' homers. "He can provide a lot of offense in a hurry when he's swinging that well."