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After the Braves' bullpen gave up a homer and four walks in the ninth inning, it was Kawakami who started to press as he said he pleaded from the dugout, "Please finish, please finish. Get the game out of the way."
Andriesen: Thumb hampers Heyward
Peter Moylan struck out pinch-hitter Johnny Damon with the bases loaded to end it, and Kawakami avoided the first 0-10 start in Braves history. The right-hander trailed 1-0 when he left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
"He deserves it," Jones said. "He's certainly pitched a lot better than his record indicates."
Kawakami (1-9), perhaps pitching to protect his spot in the rotation, gave up only two hits and one run in seven innings, his longest start this season. He walked three and struck out six in his first win since Aug. 31, 2009, at Florida. He snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Braves closer Billy Wagner was not available for the ninth because he was having a sore left ankle examined. He said he expects to be ready to pitch on Sunday.
Without Wagner, who earned his 400th career save on Friday night, the bullpen almost blew the lead.
Takashi Saito gave up Miguel Cabrera's 20th homer with one out in the ninth, cutting it to 4-2. With two outs, Saito walked Carlos Guillen and Brandon Inge. Eric O'Flaherty walked pinch-hitter Danny Worth on four pitches to load the bases before walking pinch-hitter Gerald Laird -- the fourth straight walk in the inning -- to force in Guillen.
Moylan, Atlanta's third pitcher of the inning, finally ended the game by getting Damon on a called third strike. It was Moylan's first save since 2008.
The Tigers weren't happy with the call.
"We can't do it over again," Damon said. "I told [plate umpire Gary Cederstrom] he missed it. I told him the pitch was outside."
Detroit manager Jim Leyland said, "I don't need to comment. I know it was outside. The pitch wasn't even close."
Holding his hands about a foot apart, Leyland said, "It was that much outside."
Jones' homer set up a unique curtain call.
After his shot, Jones jogged onto the field for the eighth inning, but his teammates remained in the dugout. Jones stood alone in the infield for a long ovation from Braves fans. His teammates finally ran onto the field after an embarrassed Jones tipped his cap.
Jones said the ovation "was cool," but "I was red-faced. I wanted everybody else to come out."
The first-place Braves moved 1½ games ahead of the Mets in the NL East. The Tigers fell 1½ games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Detroit's Max Scherzer gave up three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Kawakami gave up a single to Austin Jackson leading off the game and then didn't allow another hit until the sixth, when the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.
Jackson led off with a walk and advanced to second when Kawakami couldn't field Ramon Santiago's bunt single. The runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Jackson scored on Miguel Cabrera's grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
Despite the win, Kawakami's future in the Braves' rotation is uncertain when right-hander Jair Jurrjens returns from a strained left hamstring, possibly for Wednesday's start against Washington.
Kris Medlen, who has filled in for Jurrjens, is 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA. Kawakami's ERA improved from 4.78 to 4.48.
Braves rookie Jason Heyward, in a 1-for-16 slump, was held out until he was used as a pinch-runner for Hinske in the eighth. Heyward remained in the game in right field. His batting average has dropped from .301 on May 30 to .251 as he continues to be bothered by a sore left thumb.
Heyward said after the game he does not expect to start on Sunday and will have the thumb examined on Monday.Notes
|Kenshin Kawakami may have saved his spot in the rotation by earning his first win this season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Austin Jackson, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.302|
|a- Johnny Damon, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.269|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.319|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.330|
|Brennan Boesch, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.337|
|Carlos Guillen, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.277|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.260|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.235|
|b- Danny Worth, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Max Scherzer, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Joel Zumaya, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Raburn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.204|
|Enrique Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fu-Te Ni, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Gerald Laird, PH||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.176|
|a-struck out for Jackson in the 9th|
|b-walked for Avila in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Zumaya in the 8th|
|d-walked for Ni in the 9th|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (20, Saito)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (63), Gerald Laird (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gerald Laird (3)|
|SB - Austin Jackson (12, 2nd base off Kawakami/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Joel Zumaya (BS,2; L,2-1)||1.1||1||3||3||2||1||1||2.63|
|IBB - Prado by Fu-Te Ni|
|HBP - Glaus (by Max Scherzer)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 101-66, Joel Zumaya 31-16, Enrique Gonzalez 16-10, Fu-Te Ni 16-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-3, Joel Zumaya 2-1, Fu-Te Ni 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 24, Joel Zumaya 7, Enrique Gonzalez 3, Fu-Te Ni 4|
|Martin Prado, 2B||4||0||2||0||1||0||1||.332|
|Melky Cabrera, RF-LF||4||1||0||0||1||2||6||.262|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||1||3||1||0||1||.256|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||0||0||1||3||2||.257|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.271|
|Eric Hinske, LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.308|
|Jason Heyward, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.247|
|Gregor Blanco, CF||1||1||0||0||3||0||0||.350|
|Kenshin Kawakami, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.087|
|a- Brooks Conrad, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Omar Infante, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Kawakami in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Venters in the 8th|
|2B - Martin Prado (22, Scherzer), Eric Hinske (16, En. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Chipper Jones (5, Zumaya)|
|SH - Brooks Conrad (3)|
|RBI - Chipper Jones 3 (32), Eric Hinske (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones 3 (9)|
|CS - Yunel Escobar (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Kenshin Kawakami (W,1-9)||7||2||1||1||3||6||0||4.48|
|Jonny Venters (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.39|
|Takashi Saito (H,7)||0.2||1||2||2||2||1||1||3.95|
|Peter Moylan (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.03|
|WP - Kenshin Kawakami (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 102-61, Jonny Venters 12-8, Takashi Saito 32-19, Eric O'Flaherty 10-2, Peter Moylan 7-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 6-9, Jonny Venters 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 26, Jonny Venters 3, Takashi Saito 5, Eric O'Flaherty 2, Peter Moylan 1|
|Attendance - 39184|
|Game Time - 3:23|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster|