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Rookie Francoeur does it all as Braves keep on rolling

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Even though he already had been thrown out at the plate Sunday by Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur, Luis Gonzalez decided to test the rookie's arm a second time.

Gonzalez doubled in the fifth inning and tried to score on Shawn Green's single to right. Even Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, watching the play develop, thought Gonzalez would be safe.

Instead, Francoeur again threw out Gonzalez with a powerful throw from right field, and the rookie added a three-run homer as the Braves beat Arizona 13-8.

Braves pitcher Mike Hampton, backing up catcher Brian McCann on the throw to the plate, said a shocked Gonzalez muttered, "You've got to be kidding me."

Said Jones: "I didn't think there was any way he would throw him out the second time."

Francoeur has nine homers and 26 RBI and is hitting .382.

"He's a 21-year-old kid with half a season in Double A," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's playing great. He's a great outfielder and he has a very accurate arm."

Francoeur drove in a fourth run with a bases-loaded walk, and Jones also had four RBI with a homer and two doubles. Rookies Ryan Langerhans and Kelly Johnson added homers for the Braves.

Jones hit a two-run homer, his 10th, in the first inning. He added run-scoring doubles in the third and fifth innings.

Troy Glaus, Kelly Stinnett and Chris Snyder homered for Arizona, which had 15 hits. Gonzalez and Royce Clayton each had three hits.

Francoeur's two assists Sunday gave him three in the series and eight for the season. Despite playing only 28 games since he was called up from Double-A Mississippi on July 7, Francoeur is only two assists behind NL leaders Geoff Jenkins and Cliff Floyd.

"He's probably going to lead the league if he doesn't watch out," Cox said.

Said Arizona manager Bob Melvin: "It seems like he has the total package."

Though the Diamondbacks kept testing Francoeur's arm, Jones said the league will learn quickly.

"The kid's got a cannon," Jones said. "His reputation will spread and they'll stop running on him."

Francoeur threw out Gonzalez in the first inning when Gonzalez tried to score from second on Tony Clark's single to right. Francoeur gave credit to McCann.

"He made a couple good blocks at the plate and forced guys to go around him," Francoeur said.

The Diamondbacks, who began the day three games behind San Diego in the NL West, are 2-4 on their 12-game road trip.

"It's not a panic situation, but now would be a nice time to start (winning)," Clayton said.

Returning from the disabled list, Hampton (5-2) settled down after a rough start to allow three runs and nine hits in five innings. All the runs and six of the hits came in the first two innings.

Arizona's Javier Vazquez (9-12) recorded only six outs, allowing a career-high nine runs. He was pulled after facing seven batters in the third inning and giving up back-to-back homers to Francoeur and Langerhans.

"That was embarrassing," Vazquez said. "I should not have given up that many runs. That's the bottom line. Our team scored enough runs to win."

Vazquez yielded six hits and seven runs and hit a batter in the disastrous inning.

Rafael Furcal led off the third with a double. Vazquez hit Marcus Giles with a pitch and Jones followed with a double that skipped past Gonzalez in left field for an error, allowing Giles to score behind Furcal.

Francoeur's homer drove in Andruw Jones and Adam LaRoche for an 8-3 lead. Langerhans added his seventh homer, knocking Vazquez out of the game.

In three straight losses, Vazquez has given up a combined 19 runs -- 16 earned. His ERA rose from 4.40 to 4.85 Sunday.

Arizona reliever Brian Bruney hit two batters and issued three walks -- including bases-loaded passes to Langerhans and McCann -- for a 10-3 Atlanta lead.

Clark's first-inning single drove in Clayton, who added a two-run single in the second.

Glaus greeted Braves reliever Horacio Ramirez with a sixth-inning homer, his 26th. Stinnett hit his fourth homer off Ramirez in the eighth and Snyder had a pinch-hit two-run shot in the ninth.

Johnson hit a pinch-hit homer, his ninth, off Lance Cormier in the sixth.

Notes

  • Jones' homer was the 320th of his career, tying him and Cox with the Yankees' Mickey Mantle and manager Casey Stengel for the most home runs by a player at the start of his career with one manager.
  • Clayton's two-run single in the second was his 1,700th career hit.
  • Arizona pitchers hit three batters, including two by Bruney.
  • The Braves matched a season high with the seven-run inning. They also scored seven runs in an inning on July 30 against Pittsburgh.
 
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Rookie sensation Jeff Francoeur crushes a three-run homer in the third inning.  (AP)
Rookie sensation Jeff Francoeur crushes a three-run homer in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

R. Clayton
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B3000102 .275
    Alex Cintron, 2B1000000 .256
Royce Clayton, SS5232002 .275
Luis Gonzalez, LF4130101 .280
Tony Clark, 1B3011001 .322
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .250
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH-RF1001001 .233
Shawn Green, RF3020103 .294
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Snyder, PH1112000 .221
Troy Glaus, 3B4111003 .257
Kelly Stinnett, C5221002 .306
Luis Terrero, CF4110010 .273
Javier Vazquez, P0000000 .250
    Brian Bruney, P1000000 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B2010000 .295
Totals3781583115 
a-grounded into a double play for Cormier in the 7th
b-homered for Valverde in the 9th
Batting
2B - Royce Clayton (22, Ramirez), Luis Gonzalez (28, Hampton)
HR - Chris Snyder (6, Ramirez), Troy Glaus (26, Ramirez), Kelly Stinnett (4, Ramirez)
SF - Quinton McCracken (1)
SH - Javier Vazquez (5)
RBI - Royce Clayton 2 (37), Tony Clark (63), Quinton McCracken (12), Chris Snyder 2 (28), Troy Glaus (74), Kelly Stinnett (6)
2-OUT RBI - Royce Clayton 2 (16), Chris Snyder 2 (19)
SB - Royce Clayton (7, 2nd base off Hampton/McCann), Shawn Green (4, 2nd base off Hampton/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Clark
E - Luis Gonzalez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (L,9-12) 2899133 4.85
Brian Bruney 2122420 6.50
Lance Cormier 2322121 4.35
Tim Worrell 1100020 6.04
Jose Valverde 1000000 2.76
HBP - Giles (by Javier Vazquez), A. Jones (by Brian Bruney), Francoeur (by Brian Bruney)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 54-29, Brian Bruney 52-29, Lance Cormier 30-18, Tim Worrell 16-10, Jose Valverde 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bruney 3-0, Lance Cormier 1-3, Jose Valverde 2-1
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 16, Brian Bruney 12, Lance Cormier 10, Tim Worrell 4, Jose Valverde 3
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4110113 .271
Marcus Giles, 2B4320001 .308
Chipper Jones, 3B4334110 .306
    Wilson Betemit, 3B0000000 .295
Andruw Jones, CF2211110 .278
    Horacio Ramirez, P1010000 .236
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Adam LaRoche, 1B4110125 .258
Jeff Francoeur, RF4113023 .382
Ryan Langerhans, LF-CF4112112 .251
Brian McCann, C4001100 .268
Mike Hampton, P3010013 .320
    Kelly Johnson, LF2111000 .232
Totals361313126917 
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (19, Vazquez), Chipper Jones 2 (22, Vazquez, Cormier)
HR - Chipper Jones (10, Vazquez), Jeff Francoeur (9, Vazquez), Ryan Langerhans (7, Vazquez), Kelly Johnson (9, Cormier)
RBI - Chipper Jones 4 (41), Andruw Jones (91), Jeff Francoeur 3 (26), Ryan Langerhans 2 (29), Brian McCann (10), Kelly Johnson (35)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 2
DP - Furcal-Giles-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Mike Hampton (W,5-2) 5933100 2.73
Horacio Ramirez 3.2655213 4.73
Blaine Boyer 0.1000000 2.45
HBP - Glaus (by Blaine Boyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 77-50, Horacio Ramirez 73-46, Blaine Boyer 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 9-4, Horacio Ramirez 5-4, Blaine Boyer 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 23, Horacio Ramirez 18, Blaine Boyer 2
Game Information
Attendance - 30098
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Adam Dowdy