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Chipper's second HR is the difference as Braves edge Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Chipper Jones' power isn't exactly a secret. Still, Monday's display surprised him.

Jones hit two two-run homers, the second in the ninth inning off reliever Kerry Wood, and Tim Hudson pitched his first complete game of the season to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

It was Jones' first multihomer game since Aug. 25, 2004, against Colorado, and the 31st of his career, and it came on a night the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field.

Marcus Giles singled with one out in the ninth. Jones then connected on a 2-2 pitch from Wood (3-4), sending his 13th homer over the wall in right-center.

"I never would have thought that I would have hit home runs off of both those guys," said Jones, who homered in the fourth off starter Carlos Zambrano. "Both those guys have dominant, No. 1-type stuff. It was just one of those nights where I got a couple of pitches that I was looking for."

Wood credited Jones with hitting a good pitch.

"It really wasn't that bad of a pitch. It was a backdoor breaking ball," he said. "It was up just a little bit."

Hudson (10-7) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked one in his first complete game since Aug. 17, 2004.

"I had a really good (split-fingered fastball) and a good sinker," Hudson said. "It feels like I'm getting more into a groove. It's the first time in a long time that I had a really good splitter."

Zambrano allowed two runs and three hits, struck out 10 and did not walk a batter before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth. He retired the last 14 batters he faced. The only inning he allowed a baserunner was the fourth, when Jones' two-run homer broke a scoreless tie.

"That was like the old days -- the old hookups with two outstanding pitchers," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "(Hudson) had his 'A' game going tonight. You can't possibly throw any better than he threw tonight. He just placed the ball exactly where he wanted to with live stuff. This one was special."

Chicago's Derrek Lee led off the seventh with his 37th homer, tying the game at 2. With that, he also tied Ernie Banks for the most home runs in a season by a Cubs first baseman.

Both starters retired the first nine batters before hitting trouble in the fourth.

Rafael Furcal doubled down the left-field line leading off the top half of the inning and moved to third on Giles' sacrifice bunt. Jones then pulled a 3-2 pitch to the last row of the bleachers in right. After going 2-for-4, he is batting .312.

"I want to produce," said Jones, who spent nearly six weeks in June and July on the disabled list with an injured ligament on the second toe of his left foot. "My body hasn't allowed me to do it much over the past couple of years, but I'm healthy now, in there and producing."

Andruw Jones followed the homer with a single. But Zambrano, who had allowed three earned runs in 25 1/3 innings before Monday's start, struck out Adam LaRoche and Jeff Francoeur to end the threat.

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning but scored just one run.

Hudson hit Matt Lawton leading off. After Todd Walker doubled to the right-field corner, Lee walked to load the bases. Aramis Ramirez, who was 3-for-7 with a grand slam this season and 29-for-78 in his career with the bases loaded, hit a double-play grounder to short. Lawton scored, making it 2-1, but Jeromy Burnitz struck out.

"That's the sign of a good pitcher," Lee said. "Not many times are you going to get Aramis in that situation."

After Lee's homer in the seventh, Michael Barrett singled with two outs and moved to second on a wild pitch. But he was thrown out trying to score on Neifi Perez's single to left.

The loss was another blow to the flickering playoff hopes of the Cubs, who trail Philadelphia by seven games in the wild-card race.

"Each loss makes it tougher," Lee said. "But we're not out of it."

Notes

  • The Braves activated C Johnny Estrada, who missed 14 games with a lumbar and cervical strain, from the 15-day DL on Monday and sent C Brayan Pena to Triple-A Richmond. Estrada is batting .255 with three homers and 35 RBI.
  • Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra, who had two hits Sunday against Colorado after missing two games with a stiff lower back, did not play. "He's day to day," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's no better or worse than he was yesterday."
  • Banks hit 37 homers in 1962.
 
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Chipper Jones follows Marcus Giles' ninth-inning single with a home run to right-center field.  (AP)
Chipper Jones follows Marcus Giles' ninth-inning single with a home run to right-center field. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
 

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Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4110000 .276
Marcus Giles, 2B3110000 .304
Chipper Jones, 3B4224000 .313
Andruw Jones, CF4010010 .272
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000031 .256
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000031 .362
Kelly Johnson, LF3000010 .241
Johnny Estrada, C3000000 .253
Tim Hudson, P3000030 .128
Totals314540112 
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (22, Zambrano)
HR - Chipper Jones 2 (13, Zambrano, Wood)
SH - Marcus Giles (3)
RBI - Chipper Jones 4 (48)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kelly Johnson 1
DP - Furcal-Giles-LaRoche, Furcal-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,10-7) 9722151 3.36
HBP - Lawton (by Tim Hudson)
WP - Tim Hudson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 119-81
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 15-4
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 33
Chicago Cubs
Matt Lawton, LF3110000 .267
Todd Walker, 2B4010001 .301
Derrek Lee, 1B3121110 .351
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000011 .301
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4000012 .262
Michael Barrett, C4020011 .289
Neifi Perez, SS3010012 .273
Corey Patterson, CF3000000 .229
Carlos Zambrano, P2000000 .250
   a- Jose Macias, PH1000000 .287
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .111
Totals31271157 
a-grounded out for Zambrano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Walker (19, Hudson)
HR - Derrek Lee (37, Hudson)
RBI - Derrek Lee (91)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano 83220101 3.03
Kerry Wood (L,3-4) 1222011 4.36
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 118-76, Kerry Wood 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-7, Kerry Wood 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 27, Kerry Wood 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38767
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Mark Carlson