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Braves 8, Dodgers 6

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LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes when Chipper Jones hears his name mentioned alongside some of the baseball's legendary figures, he has a difficult time believing how much he's accomplished. Dale Murphy probably doesn't.

Jones, one of the game's premier switch-hitters, experienced another historic bench mark on Thursday night. He broke open a tie game with a pair of solo homers in an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, tying and breaking Murphy's Atlanta Braves record.

"When you think about people that are identified with the Atlanta Braves, you think of Hank Aaron and you think of Murph," Jones said. "Just to be in the same breath with those guys -- Hank, Murph, Eddie Mathews, it's a tremendous honor. I've been very blessed."

Eric Stultz (0-1) took the loss in his first relief outing since getting recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday. Jones drove the left-hander's 3-2 pitch into the left-field pavilion with one out in the sixth, then added his 372nd career homer and 15th of the season leading off the eighth on Chin-hui Tsao's first pitch of the game.

"It was extra-special for me," Jones said. "Murph was the first guy I met when I walked into the clubhouse in Atlanta after I got drafted. I mean, he's still "The Man" in Atlanta. Everytime he walks into that stadium or walks into that clubhouse, he commands respect. He's just a standup guy, a two-time MVP, and everybody loves him to death."

The record-breaking homer just barely cleared the outstretched glove of center fielder Juan Pierre. Jones' homers from both sides of the plate came exactly seven years to the day of his last such two-homer game, against the Montreal Expos. The five-time All-Star has accomplished the lefty-righty feat six times in his career.

"I just wasn't catching up to the fastball, so I had to do a little something to be able to get the bat head where it needs to be," Jones said. "I made a little adjustment left-handed last night in my last at-bat and I made an adjustment right-handed and got instant results. Tonight I hit some balls on the sweet spot."

Peter Moylan (3-1) allowed two hits over two scoreless innings for the win and Bob Wickman got three outs for his 16th save in 20 attempts, helping the Braves gain a split of the four-game series and remain three games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Brad Penny, who entered the game with a major league-best 2.00 ERA and was trying to become the first Dodgers pitcher to begin a season 11-1 since Doug Rau in 1977, tied a career high with three RBI. But he gave up six runs and nine hits over four innings in his last start before his second consecutive All-Star Game.

It was only the second time in Penny's last nine starts that he allowed more than one earned run.

"You're not going to be perfect every time out," Penny said. "Sometimes you're going to get beat. This game does that to you. The finger had nothing to do with it."

Braves center fielder Andruw Jones, who won his ninth consecutive Gold Glove last year, committed his second error of the season during a four-run third inning that gave the Dodgers a 6-4 lead against Tim Hudson.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It was a bad night for me, but the guys really did a great job picking me up and scoring some runs," said Hudson, who allowed six runs and 10 hits in three-plus innings. "I hate that I put the bullpen into such a bad spot. They've been logging a bunch of innings lately, and the last thing they needed was for the starter to go three innings tonight."

Penny, who hadn't walked more than two batters in any of his previous 11 starts, walked Chipper and Andruw Jones with two outs in the first after developing a blister on the tip of his index finger. But the right-hander ended the inning by striking out Kelly Johnson.

Dodgers trainer Stan Johnston, who did some quick mending of Penny's finger with a 2-1 count on Chipper Jones, worked on it some more in the dugout later. But Penny's first pitch of the second inning was sent over the center field wall by Jeff Francoeur, triggering a three-run rally that included Edgar Renteria's two-run double with two outs.

Francoeur's ninth homer was only the third given up all season by Penny and the first against him at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 23, 2006, when Carlos Quentin's two-run shot helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat him 9-3.

"Everything is up from last year except my home runs," Francoeur said. "It might frustrate me a little bit, but at the same time, I realize that I'm still young and I'm trying to still find my swing and figure out where I'm at. And once I do, I'll get going. I don't think there's any reason I won't end up with 20 or 25 homers."

Notes

Chipper Jones reached 372 homers in 6,622 at-bats. Murphy had 7,098 at-bats with the Braves. ... Johnson was moved up in the order from seventh to fifth after All-Star C Brian McCann was scratched from the Braves' original lineup because of a sprained right knee.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Los Angeles

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF4210222 .364
Edgar Renteria, SS5122002 .322
Chipper Jones, 3B3222201 .329
Andruw Jones, CF2001100 .199
Kelly Johnson, 2B5121013 .282
Jeff Francoeur, RF5122013 .290
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5020010 .314
Scott Thorman, 1B5000022 .223
Tim Hudson, P2110010 .189
    Peter Moylan, P1000011 .000
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
   a- Yunel Escobar, PH0000100 .309
    Wilfredo Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1010000 .352
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
Totals38813869  
a-walked for Paronto in the 7th
b-singled for Soriano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (22, Penny)
HR - Chipper Jones 2 (15, Stults, Tsao), Jeff Francoeur (9, Penny)
SF - Andruw Jones (4)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (45), Chipper Jones 2 (41), Andruw Jones (49), Kelly Johnson (40), Jeff Francoeur 2 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (19), Kelly Johnson (26)
SB - Kelly Johnson (7, 3rd base off Penny/Martin)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Renteria-Thorman, Renteria-Johnson-Thorman
E - Andruw Jones (2, Misplayed grounder), Scott Thorman (5, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 31066220 3.54
Peter Moylan (W,3-1) 2200010 2.22
Chad Paronto (H,2) 1100100 4.26
Wilfredo Ledezma (H,3) 1000100 5.06
Rafael Soriano (H,15) 1100010 2.87
Bob Wickman (S,16) 1000000 4.03
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 75-43, Peter Moylan 22-17, Chad Paronto 25-14, Wilfredo Ledezma 13-6, Rafael Soriano 15-11, Bob Wickman 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 4-2, Peter Moylan 4-2, Chad Paronto 3-0, Wilfredo Ledezma 2-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1, Bob Wickman 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 20, Peter Moylan 9, Chad Paronto 5, Wilfredo Ledezma 3, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000013 .273
Juan Pierre, CF5120003 .280
Russell Martin, C5010022 .300
Jeff Kent, 2B5120012 .270
Luis Gonzalez, LF4221102 .293
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B4220100 .272
James Loney, 1B5010004 .368
Andre Ethier, RF2010100 .282
   a- Matt Kemp, PH-RF1000100 .377
Brad Penny, P2023000 .273
    Eric Stults, P10100001.000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .212
    Chin-Hui Tsao, P0000000 .000
Totals40614444  
a-walked for Ethier in the 7th
b-grounded into a double play for Stults in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brad Penny (3, Hudson)
3B - Juan Pierre (4, Hudson)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (40), Brad Penny 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Penny 3 (4)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Loney-Furcal
E - Rafael Furcal (12, Throwing), Russell Martin (8, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad Penny 4966451 2.39
Eric Stults (L,0-1) 3211241 3.00
Chin-Hui Tsao 2211001 3.13
HBP - A. Jones (by Eric Stults)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 74-45, Eric Stults 19-12, Chin-Hui Tsao 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 3-3, Eric Stults 2-3, Chin-Hui Tsao 3-3
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 24, Eric Stults 14, Chin-Hui Tsao 8
Game Information
Attendance - 41052
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Brian O'Nora