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A. Jones rips NL-leading homer in Braves' rout of Marlins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- While an injured Chipper Jones sits, Andruw Jones is carrying the Atlanta Braves.

Andruw Jones hit his ninth home run in the last 11 games and drove in three runs as the Braves beat the struggling Florida Marlins 8-0 Wednesday night.

"If it isn't Chipper, it's Andruw," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "He may cool off, but right now he's hot. He's a guy who can hit 30, 40, even 50."

Jones' homer gave him the NL lead with 21 and gave the Braves a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. The shot off Brian Moehler traveled an estimated 432 feet to left field.

Jones' homer streak began when he hit two against Oakland on June 11, five days after Chipper Jones was placed on the disabled list with a foot injury. Chipper Jones is expected to miss at least a few more weeks while his foot remains immobilized, leaving Andruw as the cleanup hitter and veteran leader on a team playing without at least three of its five starting pitchers.

The status of another Braves pitcher is in question. Horacio Ramirez left Wednesday night's game with a strained groin after throwing five shutout innings.

"We're going to wait a couple of days and see how it goes," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We haven't crossed him off his next start, that's for sure."

Ramirez, who was injured running out a double in the fifth, said he didn't think the injury was serious enough to force him to miss a start.

"We're leaning towards me starting," Ramirez said. "We don't think it's that bad.

"I want to start in five days. I want to be out there. I'm going to do everything in my power to be able to accomplish that."

Rookie Kelly Johnson had three hits and a walk as the Braves won for the fifth time in six games.

Adam LaRoche added a homer, his eighth, off Florida reliever John Riedling in the sixth.

Florida has lost four of its last five games to fall to .500 (34-34) for the first time since they were 6-6.

Including Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Braves, the Marlins haven't scored in 24 innings, the third-longest drought in franchise history. Their longest streak was 28 innings in September 1993.

In the losses to the Braves, the Marlins had only one base runner reach third base -- pinch-hitter Damion Easley, who was stranded there in the ninth inning Wednesday night after leading off with a double.

"When you're going good, it snowballs, and when you're going bad, it snowballs until you break it loose," McKeon said. "It's tough when you only get one guy to third base in two games. We can't get that opening."

Ramirez (6-4) threw only 66 pitches while giving up three hits in five innings. He is 3-0 with two no-decisions in June.

The Braves already have three starting pitchers on the disabled list -- Mike Hampton, John Thomson and Tim Hudson.

Moehler (2-5) gave up six hits and four runs while walking four in five innings.

"I was horrible," Moehler said. "My pitches were up. I deserved the fate I got tonight."

The Braves settled for one run in the first after loading the bases with no outs on two walks and an infield hit by Johnson. Rafael Furcal, who led off with a walk, scored on Andruw Jones' fly ball to right.

Andruw Jones' homer capped the Braves' three-run fifth inning. Ramirez led off with a double and scored when Marlins right fielder Jeff Conine bobbled Johnson's single for an error.

The Braves made it 8-0 with three runs in the seventh against Riedling and Valerio De Los Santos. Two runs scored on Marcus Giles' ground-rule double off Riedling over the center-field wall.

Riedling gave up five hits and four runs.

Notes

  • RHP Randy Messenger made his major-league debut as Florida's fourth reliever, pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Cox tied Walter Alston for seventh on the all-time managing list with 2,040 wins. Earlier this season, Cox moved past Leo Durocher (2,009).
  • Johnson extended his hitting streak to eight games, matching the team's longest of the year.
 
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Andruw Jones continues his tear, hitting two more homers for a total of nine in the last 11 games.  (AP)
Andruw Jones continues his tear, hitting two more homers for a total of nine in the last 11 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF3000110 .246
Luis Castillo, 2B3000101 .320
Miguel Cabrera, LF4010012 .332
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000012 .321
Mike Lowell, 3B3010000 .225
Jeff Conine, RF3000011 .270
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010000 .280
Matt Treanor, C3000001 .263
Brian Moehler, P1000000 .105
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000000 .158
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
    Valerio De Los Santos, P0000000 .000
    Nate Bump, P0000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   b- Damion Easley, PH1010000 .250
Totals28040247 
a-grounded out for Moehler in the 6th
b-doubled for Messenger in the 9th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (18, Ramirez), Damion Easley (11, Kolb)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Miguel Cabrera 1
DP - Cabrera-Treanor, A. Gonzalez-Delgado
E - Luis Castillo (3, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Conine (1, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
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John Riedling 1544001 7.40
Valerio De Los Santos 0.1000210 1.35
Nate Bump 0.2000010 3.95
Randy Messenger 1000100 0.00
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Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 76-46, John Riedling 26-14, Valerio De Los Santos 14-4, Nate Bump 8-6, Randy Messenger 9-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 3-9, John Riedling 2-1, Nate Bump 1-0, Randy Messenger 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 23, John Riedling 8, Valerio De Los Santos 3, Nate Bump 2, Randy Messenger 3
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4210101 .221
Kelly Johnson, LF4230100 .246
Marcus Giles, 2B3112202 .286
Andruw Jones, CF3123001 .270
Johnny Estrada, C3000102 .279
Adam LaRoche, 1B3111115 .254
Brian Jordan, RF3021100 .240
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000026 .316
Horacio Ramirez, P2110001 .300
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .325
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000003 .234
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
Totals3181177321 
a-flied out for Gryboski in the 6th
b-grounded out for Boyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (21, Riedling), Brian Jordan (7, Moehler), Horacio Ramirez (3, Moehler)
HR - Andruw Jones (21, Moehler), Adam LaRoche (8, Riedling)
SF - Andruw Jones (5)
RBI - Marcus Giles 2 (18), Andruw Jones 3 (49), Adam LaRoche (42), Brian Jordan (22)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones 2 (23)
CS - Marcus Giles (2, 2nd base by Moehler/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-LaRoche, Betemit-Giles-LaRoche, Giles-Furcal-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Horacio Ramirez (W,6-4) 5300120 5.05
Kevin Gryboski 1000000 1.80
Blaine Boyer 1000010 1.69
Jim Brower 1000010 5.94
Dan Kolb 1100100 6.33
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 66-38, Kevin Gryboski 17-10, Blaine Boyer 13-7, Jim Brower 11-8, Dan Kolb 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 9-2, Kevin Gryboski 3-0, Dan Kolb 2-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 17, Kevin Gryboski 3, Blaine Boyer 3, Jim Brower 3, Dan Kolb 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30216
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Ted Barrett