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Atlanta at Cincinnati

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Atlanta «24012030012140
Cincinnati0010001002103

Braves 12, Reds 2

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CINCINNATI -- Chipper Jones was ready for a big night at the plate. Then he got injured -- again.

The Braves third baseman homered and drove in four runs before leaving the game with a right shoulder injury in the fourth inning, and Atlanta ended the Cincinnati Reds' season-high five-game winning streak with a 12-2 victory Tuesday night.

Jones, who missed six weeks with a foot injury earlier in the season, left the game with a rotator cuff strain after diving to his left in an effort to stop Ryan Freel's sharp grounder. He is day to day.

"I've been swinging the bat pretty well lately," Jones said in the upbeat Atlanta clubhouse. "Tonight, a couple fell in. When you get three hits, you're thinking, 'All right, maybe I can get four or five.' Then this happened. Right now, I can't imagine throwing the ball across this room, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox didn't expect Jones to be placed on the disabled list.

"I doubt he'll play tomorrow," Cox said. "I thought it was his thumb at first. A lot of times, when an infielder dives like that, it (bends) his thumb back."

Catcher Brian McCann also homered and Marcus Giles had three hits and three RBI as the Braves rolled to their seventh win in eight games. The Braves extended their lead in the NL East to a season-best 5½ games over the Washington Nationals while matching their second-largest winning margin of the season. Their widest was a 16-0 win over Houston on May 8.

Cincinnati's run was their best since winning seven in a row from May 19-25 of last season.

With the gametime temperature at 91 degrees, Jorge Sosa lasted just long enough to improve to 4-0 in his last seven starts. Sosa (7-1) allowed six hits, one run and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.

"To give up only one run in this place is unbelievable," McCann said.

Jones and Adam LaRoche each had run-scoring doubles in Atlanta's two-run first inning. In the second, Jones followed Giles' RBI single with a two-run single down the right-field line. Andruw Jones knocked Ramon Ortiz out of the game with a double to left-center.

Atlanta piled up eight hits and six runs with two walks in 1 1/3 innings against Ortiz (6-7), who was 3-0 with a 4.36 ERA in his previous five starts. His overall ERA climbed from 5.84 to 6.30 as he allowed at least one run in the first inning for the fifth time in his last six starts.

"Sean Casey's our fifth hitter, and we're already down six," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "That makes it tough to come back. They've got very good hitters, and they're not going to miss a lot of mistakes."

"I felt good," Ortiz said. "I threw a couple of bad pitches, but I threw some good ones, too. They hit everything. Nothing you can do about that."

Felipe Lopez walked with one out, stole second and scored Cincinnati's first run on Ken Griffey Jr.'s single to left in the third.

Chipper Jones got that run back with a solo homer in the fourth inning off reliever Randy Keisler, his ninth of the season and first since he hit one in his first game off the disabled list on July 18.

McCann added his third homer of the season, a two-run shot off Keisler, in the fifth. Giles had a two-run single and Wilson Betemit, Chipper Jones's replacement, a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Freel scored from third on a passed ball as Adam Dunn was striking out in the seventh.

Notes

Giles matched his season high by extending his hitting streak to seven games. ... Andruw Jones was hitless in his last nine at-bats before his double ... Casey led off the second with a single to extend his hitting streak to seven games. ... Reds rookie 3B Edwin Encarnacion had three errors and two strikeouts, along with grounding into a double play. The last Reds third baseman to make three errors in one game was Willie Greene on April 9, 1996, against the Mets.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS2200201 .270
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .285
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Marcus Giles, 2B5233001 .302
Chipper Jones, 3B3234000 .286
    Wilson Betemit, 3B-SS2011000 .295
Andruw Jones, CF4011001 .271
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH-CF1000002 .249
Adam LaRoche, 1B5011003 .263
Kelly Johnson, LF5110013 .226
Jeff Francoeur, RF5210011 .389
Brian McCann, C5332000 .306
Jorge Sosa, P2000010 .071
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Orr, PH-3B2000010 .304
Totals421214122512 
a-struck out for Kolb in the 9th
b-flied out for A. Jones in the 7th
c-grounded out for Boyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (19, Ortiz), Andruw Jones (20, Ortiz), Adam LaRoche (20, Ortiz)
HR - Chipper Jones (9, Keisler), Brian McCann (3, Keisler)
SH - Jorge Sosa (3)
RBI - Marcus Giles 3 (38), Chipper Jones 4 (35), Wilson Betemit (14), Andruw Jones (80), Adam LaRoche (59), Brian McCann 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles 2 (16), Chipper Jones (13), Wilson Betemit (5), Adam LaRoche (30)
CS - Rafael Furcal (7, 2nd base by Ortiz/LaRue)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betemit-Giles-LaRoche, Orr-Giles-LaRoche
PB - Brian McCann (1)
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Sosa (W,7-1) 5611340 2.57
Blaine Boyer 1100010 3.12
Macay McBride 1110120 0.00
Dan Kolb 1100000 5.14
Kyle Farnsworth 1100010 2.27
WP - Macay McBride (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 97-56, Blaine Boyer 12-8, Macay McBride 30-18, Dan Kolb 11-8, Kyle Farnsworth 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 1-10, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Dan Kolb 2-0
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 24, Blaine Boyer 3, Macay McBride 5, Dan Kolb 3, Kyle Farnsworth 4
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B-CF5120000 .304
Felipe Lopez, SS4110102 .296
Ken Griffey Jr., CF2011100 .285
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH0000100 .236
    Luke Hudson, PR0000000 .250
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000011 .285
Adam Dunn, LF-1B4010012 .252
Sean Casey, 1B3020001 .310
   c- Jacob Cruz, PH-LF1000011 .219
Wily Mo Pena, RF3010112 .264
Jason LaRue, C4020004 .272
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000023 .245
Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .121
    Randy Keisler, P2000012 .429
    Ray Olmedo, 2B2000010 .375
Totals3521014818 
a-walked for Coffey in the 7th
b-struck out for Mercker in the 9th
c-struck out for Casey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Sean Casey (23, Sosa)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (72)
SB - Felipe Lopez (10, 2nd base off Sosa/McCann)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Edwin Encarnacion 3 (4, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ortiz (L,6-7) 1.1866200 6.30
Randy Keisler 3.2333032 5.28
Todd Coffey 2330000 5.21
Brian Shackelford 1000000 0.73
Kent Mercker 1000020 2.84
HBP - Furcal (by Todd Coffey)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 40-23, Randy Keisler 61-43, Todd Coffey 24-17, Brian Shackelford 14-11, Kent Mercker 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 2-1, Randy Keisler 5-5, Todd Coffey 3-4, Brian Shackelford 1-2, Kent Mercker 1-0
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 13, Randy Keisler 16, Todd Coffey 11, Brian Shackelford 3, Kent Mercker 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25680
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Tim Timmons