Braves Bust Out of Slump

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Chipper Jones drove in five runs, Tim Hudson allowed three hits in seven innings and the Atlanta Braves routed Arizona 14-0 today to end the Diamondbacks' eight-game winning streak.

Andruw Jones and Scott Thorman also homered for the Braves, who pounded out 19 hits and snapped a four-game losing streak. Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-5 and scored two runs.

Atlanta matched a season high for runs and handed Arizona its worst loss of the season.

Hudson struck out five and walked one to win his fifth straight decision.

The Braves had rallied from seven- and three-run deficits the past two games only to lose in extra innings. But against Livan Hernandez, Atlanta removed all suspense in the first two innings. Hernandez dropped to 3-15 in his career against the Braves.

Willie Harris led off the game with a walk and Edgar Renteria doubled to right. Chipper Jones lifted a sacrifice fly to left and Andruw Jones followed with a towering home run into the left-field stands to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead.

The Braves added three more in the second. They loaded the bases before Chipper Jones lined a hard bouncer off Conor Jackson's shoulder at first for a three-run double and a 6-0 Braves lead.

Atlanta added single runs off Hernandez in the third and fourth on an RBI single by Julio Franco and a Chipper Jones sacrifice fly.

Atlanta added two more runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including Thorman's pinch-hit homer over the pool area in right-center leading off the seventh.


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