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A. Jones ties career-high six RBI on 5-for-5 effort vs. Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- A few days ago, Bobby Cox would have laughed at comparisons between his sub-.500 Atlanta Braves to a 1930 New York Yankees team that featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and he had never even heard of the Boston Beaneaters.

Now he knows all about those long-ago offensive juggernauts, because his Braves, though they're still four games below .500, have been matching them.

Andruw Jones was 5-for-5 with two homers and matched his career high with six RBI, helping the Braves become the first team since the '30 Yankees to score 10 or more runs in five straight games with a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Adam LaRoche, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann also homered for the Braves, who have scored 65 runs during an offensive explosion that includes two 15-run games. The last time the franchise reached double figures in five straight games was in 1897, when the Braves were called the Beaneaters and they totaled 61 runs.

"The Beaneaters keep popping up every afternoon," Cox said. "Way back. I wasn't around then. It's kind of strange to be talking about those kinds of records, at all."

The 65 runs in five games is the best by the franchise since those same Beaneaters totaled 78, including 25 in one game and 21 in another, from May 31-June 3. The Braves have 81 hits during their five-game run and 98 in their last six, going back to an 8-3 victory over Cincinnati on July 9, the last game before the All-Star break.

Chipper Jones was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, all but four multihit efforts. He's batting .534 (39-for-73) during the streak with eight homers and 23 RBI.

During their six-game winning streak, they've outscored their opponents 77-32 and they've hit 19 homers in the last five games -- the most for the franchise in a five-game span and only two off the major league record set by the 1977 Boston Red Sox and 1999 Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals lost 15-3 in the opener of the three-game series on Monday and trailed 13-1 in the fifth Tuesday, a two-game sequence reminiscent of blowout losses to the Chicago White Sox by 20-6 and 13-5 on June 20-21.

St. Louis had won a season-best seven straight before Atlanta came to town.

"Giving up so many runs early, it gave us all kinds of problems as far as winning the game, saving our staff, not being embarrassed, everything," manager Tony La Russa said.

Jason Marquis (11-7) was the loser in the 13-5 game against the White Sox, giving up all the runs in five innings. This was almost as bad: 12 runs and 14 hits in five innings from a pitcher who had a chance to take the NL lead in victories.

"They were hitting good pitches and they were hitting mistake pitches like they should," Marquis said. "We ran into a hot team and I just wasn't very good tonight."

Marquis, who gave up three homers to hike his NL high to 24, trailed 6-0 before getting his first at-bat in the third.

The Braves scored in each of the first six innings, beginning with Andruw Jones' two-run shot in the first, his 23rd of the season. They scored three in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth before Adam Wainwright set down the side in order in the seventh.

"We're just swinging the bat the way we're supposed to," Andruw Jones said. "Everybody is doing something. You look at the lineup, everybody is on base or driving somebody in."

Andruw Jones is 7-for-10 against Marquis, his former teammate on the Braves, with four home runs and 11 RBI.

"That's my numbers?" Jones asked. "I just feel comfortable at the plate, and I see the ball good."

Tim Hudson, starting on three days' rest for only the second time in his career, won for the first time in seven starts. Hudson (7-8) retired the first 11 hitters and allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first victory since June 10 at Houston.

He had been 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in the six starts since then.

"It's been a lot of fun to sit in the dugout and watch these guys do what they've been doing," Hudson said. "It's even more fun pitching behind them."

Scott Rolen had an RBI double, pinch-hitter John Rodriguez had a two-run triple and Scott Spiezio had an RBI triple in the sixth in a stretch of three at-bats that chased Hudson. Jim Edmonds hit his 13th homer in the fifth.

Notes

  • LaRoche singled and homered in his first two at-bats, giving him six straight hits and making him 10-for-13 against St. Louis this season. He was 0-for-2 with a walk the rest of the way.
  • Before the game, the Braves led the majors with a .350 average, 113 runs and 31 homers this month. They totaled 94 runs in June while going 6-21.
  • Andruw Jones has 33 career multihomer games, three this year. His other six-RBI game was April 18, 1999, against Colorado.
 
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Andruw Jones and the Braves have outscored the Cards 29-8 in the first two games of the series.  (AP)
Andruw Jones and the Braves have outscored the Cards 29-8 in the first two games of the series. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Jones
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 2
RBI 6
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Wilson Betemit, 2B-3B5122110 .301
Edgar Renteria, SS6122012 .320
Chipper Jones, 3B5321103 .334
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Andruw Jones, CF5356000 .283
Brian McCann, C4122001 .351
    Todd Pratt, C1010000 .198
Jeff Francoeur, RF4100012 .263
Adam LaRoche, 1B4221111 .273
Scott Thorman, LF3220000 .273
    Ryan Langerhans, LF2000012 .243
Tim Hudson, P3000014 .105
    Oscar Villarreal, P1000010 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH-2B1000000 .205
Totals441418143715 
a-flied out for Yates in the 9th
Batting
2B - Wilson Betemit (15, Hancock), Andruw Jones (18, Marquis), Scott Thorman (5, Marquis)
HR - Chipper Jones (15, Marquis), Andruw Jones 2 (24, Marquis, Looper), Brian McCann (10, Johnson), Adam LaRoche (17, Marquis)
RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (28), Edgar Renteria 2 (39), Chipper Jones (59), Andruw Jones 6 (87), Brian McCann 2 (42), Adam LaRoche (52)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (17), Andruw Jones 5 (31), Adam LaRoche (19)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,7-8) 5.2755011 4.95
Oscar Villarreal 1.1100110 4.34
Tyler Yates 1000010 2.66
Peter Moylan 1200000 7.04
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 74-53, Oscar Villarreal 20-12, Tyler Yates 14-8, Peter Moylan 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-8, Oscar Villarreal 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 24, Oscar Villarreal 6, Tyler Yates 3, Peter Moylan 5
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4120000 .313
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Encarnacion, PH1010000 .274
Chris Duncan, RF5110002 .315
Albert Pujols, 1B4010004 .327
Scott Rolen, 3B4111001 .328
Jim Edmonds, CF2111010 .261
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
   b- John Rodriguez, PH-LF2112010 .308
Scott Spiezio, LF-2B4011000 .280
Aaron Miles, 2B3000001 .260
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .333
    Hector Luna, SS1010000 .302
Gary Bennett, C4000011 .217
Jason Marquis, P1000000 .192
    So Taguchi, CF2000101 .281
Totals3751051310 
a-singled for Hancock in the 9th
b-tripled for Johnson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (30, Hudson), Hector Luna (12, Moylan)
3B - John Rodriguez (3, Hudson), Scott Spiezio (2, Hudson)
HR - Jim Edmonds (13, Hudson)
RBI - Scott Rolen (59), Jim Edmonds (52), John Rodriguez 2 (16), Scott Spiezio (27)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (19), John Rodriguez 2 (5), Scott Spiezio (20)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jim Edmonds 1
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (L,11-7) 5141212243 5.97
Tyler Johnson 1111001 5.68
Adam Wainwright 1000010 2.61
Braden Looper 1211111 3.80
Josh Hancock 1100010 3.60
HBP - Francoeur (by Jason Marquis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 91-54, Tyler Johnson 10-8, Adam Wainwright 12-8, Braden Looper 19-11, Josh Hancock 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-3, Tyler Johnson 2-1, Adam Wainwright 1-1, Braden Looper 1-1, Josh Hancock 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 31, Tyler Johnson 4, Adam Wainwright 3, Braden Looper 6, Josh Hancock 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44718
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf