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Jones contributes in return from DL, Braves hold on for win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- It's difficult to remain in contention for a National League playoff spot while carrying the league's worst home record.

The Atlanta Braves hope more success at home will push them closer to the top spot in the wild-card race.

Brian McCann homered and drove in four runs to help the Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 Sunday for their first home series win in more than a month.

"Maybe we can get on that streak we keep talking about," manager Bobby Cox said.

"We want to get back in this thing. That's what we're here for. We're going to battle down to the end."

The Braves, who improved to 25-31 at home, are six games behind Cincinnati in the wild-card race. The Reds beat the Phillies 7-5 in 11 innings Sunday.

By winning two of three from the Brewers, the Braves won their first home series since winning three of four from the Reds July 6-9 at Turner Field. Still, the Braves were only 3-3 in the homestand.

"We know that playing .500 baseball from here on out is not gonna cut it," McCann said.

"We have to win every series. We have to win or go home. We all know that. I just see the fight in our leaders. We have the team; we're capable of doing it."

One of the Braves' leaders, Chipper Jones, returned from the disabled list to hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jeff Francoeur hit his 22nd homer for Atlanta.

Tony Graffanino hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh to help the Brewers rally from a 4-1 deficit to tie it, but his error in the bottom half helped the Braves take the lead with three unearned runs.

Marcus Giles led off the seventh with a single. Edgar Renteria followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that first baseman Prince Fielder handled cleanly. Graffanino dropped Fielder's throw for the error, allowing Giles to advance to third.

"I kind of lost it a little bit," Graffanino said of Fielder's throw. "It was low, and I was trying to get it. I expected it high. ... Bottom line, I should have caught it."

Jones then flied out to the wall in left against Matt Wise (5-6), giving the Braves a 5-4 lead. One out later, McCann's 15th homer drove in Renteria for a 7-4 lead.

"That play set up a three-run inning," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Graffanino's error. "If we made that play, they probably wouldn't have scored anything in the inning."

Matt Diaz had four hits for Atlanta and Chad Paronto (1-0) recorded one out in the seventh to earn his second major league win and first since April 22, 2001, for Baltimore against Tampa Bay.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances with Atlanta, and his 22nd in 25 opportunities overall.

Braves starter Tim Hudson, who pitched seven shutout innings in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, was not as sharp Sunday. He allowed two or more baserunners in five of seven innings but Atlanta still led 4-1 after six.

Hudson was charged with three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"It was a little bit of a bend but don't break philosophy out there today," Hudson said.

Reliever Tyler Yates did not record an out, giving up two walks and a two-run double to Graffanino.

Milwaukee starter Tomo Ohka was hurt by sudden control problems with two outs in the third. Diaz led off the inning with a single to right and moved to second on Hudson's sacrifice bunt.

After Giles hit a flyout to right, Ohka walked Renteria and Chipper Jones to load the bases and then issued a third straight walk to Andruw Jones on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.

McCann's two-run single to right gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead.

The Brewers settled for one run after having runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth. Bill Hall led off with a single and moved to third on Graffanino's single. Graffanino advanced to second on right fielder Francoeur's throw to third.

Hudson struck out Corey Hart and allowed one run on Mike Rivera's grounder to Renteria at shortstop, cutting the lead to 3-1. Hudson ended the inning with a groundout from pinch-hitter Geoff Jenkins.

Ohka gave up five hits and three runs in five innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Notes

  • Andruw Jones' bases-loaded walk gave him 100 RBI for the fifth time in his career. He needs one homer for his seventh 30-homer season.
  • The Brewers, who swept three games from the Braves in Milwaukee in April, finished 4-2 for their first season series win over Atlanta.
  • LF Gabe Gross threw Andruw Jones out at second in the fifth inning as Jones tried for a double on a ball that hit the left-field wall.
 
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Maybe Chipper Jones gives Brian McCann some mojo on this high five -- McCann goes up and homers.  (AP)
Maybe Chipper Jones gives Brian McCann some mojo on this high five -- McCann goes up and homers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

G. Gross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF5120002 .280
Jeff Cirillo, 3B5030010 .323
Prince Fielder, 1B5000014 .282
Gabe Gross, LF-RF4121102 .271
Bill Hall, SS4210104 .273
Tony Graffanino, 2B5022003 .279
Corey Hart, RF2000222 .270
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
Mike Rivera, C4011002 .304
Tomo Ohka, P1000010 .091
   a- Geoff Jenkins, PH1000001 .254
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Mench, LF1000010 .285
Totals3741144620 
a-grounded out for Ohka in the 6th
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross (10, Wickman), Tony Graffanino (23, Yates)
SH - Tomo Ohka (3)
RBI - Gabe Gross (33), Tony Graffanino 2 (38), Mike Rivera (8)
2-OUT RBI - Gabe Gross (10), Tony Graffanino 2 (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gabe Gross 1
DP - Graffanino-Fielder
E - Tony Graffanino (6, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka 5533310 4.30
Rick Helling 1211001 4.55
Matt Wise (L,5-6) 0.2330011 3.86
Brian Shouse 0.1000000 2.40
Dan Kolb 1200000 4.95
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 87-51, Rick Helling 18-10, Matt Wise 20-13, Brian Shouse 4-3, Dan Kolb 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 6-7, Matt Wise 1-1, Dan Kolb 1-1
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 22, Rick Helling 5, Matt Wise 6, Brian Shouse 1, Dan Kolb 4
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B5120014 .267
Edgar Renteria, SS3200102 .305
Chipper Jones, 3B2101101 .331
Andruw Jones, CF3011112 .271
Brian McCann, C4124000 .350
Jeff Francoeur, RF4121002 .258
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000001 .266
Matt Diaz, LF4140000 .339
Tim Hudson, P2000002 .089
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1010000 .255
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
Totals3271273214 
a-singled for Baez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (24, Ohka), Matt Diaz 2 (9, Ohka, Helling)
HR - Brian McCann (15, Wise), Jeff Francoeur (22, Helling)
SF - Chipper Jones (4)
SH - Edgar Renteria (6), Tim Hudson (11)
RBI - Chipper Jones (60), Andruw Jones (100), Brian McCann 4 (57), Jeff Francoeur (81)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones (38), Brian McCann 4 (31)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Giles-Renteria-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (5, )
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 6.2933230 4.94
Tyler Yates (BS,2)0111200 4.94
Chad Paronto (W,1-0) 0.1000000 2.58
Danys Baez (H,11) 1000020 4.18
Bob Wickman (S,22) 1100010 3.25
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 99-63, Tyler Yates 13-5, Chad Paronto 1-1, Danys Baez 18-12, Bob Wickman 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-7, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 31, Tyler Yates 3, Chad Paronto 1, Danys Baez 3, Bob Wickman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34718
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Dale Scott