Braves Drub Astros Sunday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning wild pitch in his final game against Houston, and the Braves beat the Astros 6-1 Sunday to finish an 8-2 homestand.
With the score 1-1 in the sixth, Jones singled and took third on singles by Freddie Freeman and Davis Ross. Jones scored on a pitch from Bud Norris (5-9) that sailed over catcher Carlos Corporan's glove, and Janish singled in two runs for a 4-1 lead.
Jones added a run-scoring double off Xavier Cedeno in the seventh. He hit .322 with 20 homers in his career against the Astros.
Jonny Venters (4-3) pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth to win in relief of Kris Medlen, who allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Atlanta remained three games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Kris Medlen, who allowed only three hits in his first five innings, left after back-to-back singles to Marwin Gonzalez and Brett Wallace with one out in the sixth. Cory Gearrin gave up a tying double to Justin Maxwell.
Venters, who had been rested due to a sore left elbow, entered in his first appearance since July 29 and struck out pinch-hitter Matt Downs. After an intentional walk to Steve Pearce that loaded the bases, pinch-hitter J.D. Martinez grounded out.
David Ross homered in the second after Michael Bourn singled in a run in the eighth after
Rhiner Cruz walked a pair of batters.
NOTES: Atlanta's Dan Uggla was 0-for-4 and his hitting .209. ... Cristhian Martinez had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning for Atlanta. ... Astros C Jason Castro, on the 15-day disabled list with swelling in his right knee, is scheduled to report to Triple-A Salt Lake City on Monday. He was scheduled to catch five innings with Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday. ... RHP Jair Jurrjens, on the DL with a right groin strain, will report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday to begin a rehab assignment. Jurrjens had been removed from Atlanta's rotation but will start at Gwinnett. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel will pitch as the Astros open a four-game series at Washington on Monday night. ... RHP Ben Sheets will start when the Braves open a three-game series at the Phillies on Monday night.


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