Philadelphia at Atlanta

W: T. Hudson (2-0) L: R. Wolf (1-2)
HR: PHI - None   ATL - A. Jones (2)

A. Jones celebrates birthday with a bang to lift Braves

CBS wire reports

ATLANTA -- Andruw Jones knows how to celebrate a birthday.

The slumping Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back another strong outing by Tim Hudson, and the Atlanta Braves cruised to an 11-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

It's the second time in four seasons that the 28-year-old Jones has homered on his birthday. This one against Randy Wolf came with the outfielder mired in a 1-for-30 skid.

"He took care of me right there," Jones said. "He put that ball right there for me to hit it."

Hudson (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first and went on to give up just one run in six innings. In a sign of how well he's pitching in his first season for Atlanta, Hudson's ERA actually climbed from 0.82 to 0.96.

"I don't know how I did it, to be honest with you," he said. "I didn't feel all that good."

Of course, the Braves gave the right-hander plenty of room for error. They scored five runs in the first, capped by Jones' second homer of the season, and blew the game open with five more in the fifth.

"That's what good pitchers do," Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins said. "The find a way to win, even when they don't have their best stuff."

Chipper Jones and Brian Jordan had two RBI apiece for Atlanta, which suddenly has become an offensive juggernaut. The Braves have scored 17 runs in two games against the Phillies after managing just eight in their previous six contests.

"Hitting is contagious," Jordan said. "The last couple of days, we've scored some runs."

Wolf (1-2) got off to a rough start. After retiring the leadoff hitter, he gave up a single to Marcus Giles and a run-scoring double to Chipper Jones. Julio Franco drove in another run with a single to center.

Wolf had a chance to escape with minimal damage after retiring Johnny Estrada on a grounder. But Andruw Jones sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-field seats, giving the Braves a 5-0 lead.

With Hudson on the mound, "game over," Jordan said.

Not that Andruw Jones' slump is over. He went 1-for-5 on the night, leaving him with just two hits in his last 35 at-bats.

"I think it was good game, even though I only had one hit," Jones said. "I came out of it with something positive."

Philadelphia picked up a run in the second on Mike Lieberthal's RBI single, snapping Hudson's scoreless streak of 14 1/3 innings. But he allowed just two more hits during his stint, calling it a night with his team on top by 10 runs.

Hudson allowed just five hits -- all singles -- and has yet to give up more than one run in any of his four starts. Overall, he has given up only three runs in 28 innings, living up to the high expectations that came after he was acquired from Oakland and signed to a $47 million contract extension.

In the Braves' star-studded rotation, Hudson has fit right in.

"We just go out there and try to feed off each other," he said. "When you see guys throwing really well, you want to do the same thing."

Wolf lasted only four innings, giving up another run in the third on Jordan's single.

"My location was horrible," Wolf said.

The Phillies brought on 22-year-old Gavin Floyd, one of their top pitching prospects. He wasn't very impressive on this night, failing to get through the fifth.

The youngster walked four, gave up three hits and got just two outs. Jordan and Raul Mondesi had RBI singles, Hudson walked with the bases loaded and Rafael Furcal had a sacrifice fly. After loading the bases again with yet another walk, Floyd was replaced by Aaron Fultz.

Chipper Jones walked for the second time in the inning, forcing in another run. After facing 11 hitters, the Phillies finally made it back to the dugout when Fultz fanned Franco.

Immediately after the game, Floyd was optioned to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

"I felt like he would be better off pitching every five days," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has a future with us. He'll be with us a long time."


  • Pete Orr replaced Furcal at shortstop after the seventh. The backup infielder-outfielder has played in all 18 games this season.
  • Phillies 1B Jim Thome, who didn't start Friday, returned to the lineup even though his back was still a little stiff. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP John Foster made the first appearance of his second tenure with the Braves. Foster, who pitched for Atlanta in 2002 before being traded to Milwaukee, rejoined the organization this year and was recalled from Triple-A Richmond on April 15.
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Andruw Jones connects with a three-run home run to put an end to a 1-for-30 slump. (AP)
Andruw Jones connects with a three-run home run to put an end to a 1-for-30 slump. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Jones
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0

B. Jordan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Game Time - 2:48
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Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Ed Hickox