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Chipper has milestone outing as Braves blank Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Chipper Jones didn't stay tied with Mickey Mantle for long.

"I put him in the rearview mirror," Jones quipped after hitting a two-run triple and finishing with three RBI as the Atlanta Braves beat San Diego 7-0 Wednesday, leaving Padres ace Mat Latos winless since September.

Jones moved out of a tie with Mantle and into sole possession of second place among switch-hitters with 1,512 RBI. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray tops the list at 1,917.

Jones moved into a tie with the Mick by hitting a two-run homer on Tuesday night. He passed him with an RBI groundout in the first inning, then added the two-run triple in the five-run second.

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Jones, whose parents idolized Mantle, said his father texted him both Tuesday night and on Wednesday.

"I've been in the shadow of Mickey Mantle my whole youth. I could sense he and mom were welling up last night when I tied him, so I can't imagine what it was like today," Jones said.

"It's gratifying," he added. "I look at the numbers as me just going out and doing my job. That's the way I've always approached it. I never really thought about my place or anything like that. When you grew up hearing about Mickey the way I did, and with the reverence that I heard, to pass him in career RBI, that's quite a feat."

Braves starter Tommy Hanson (3-3) struck out 10 and walked only one in seven innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter. The Padres were shut out for the major league-leading seventh time in 25 games, and for the third time on a seven-game homestand. San Diego scored only 10 runs in the seven games.

Latos (0-4) has lost nine straight starts dating to last season, matching the longest streak in club history. Only one of the six runs he allowed was earned. A fielding error by first baseman Brad Hawpe with two outs in the second inning led to the Braves scoring five unearned runs.

Jones' groundout in the first brought in Martin Prado, who doubled to left on Latos' first pitch of the game and advanced on Jason Heyward's fly out.

Latos almost got out of the second inning unscathed even though he allowed Freddie Freeman's leadoff double down the right-field line and Nate McLouth's one-out single to center, which wasn't deep enough to bring in Freeman.

After Latos struck out Hanson, Prado hit a grounder down the first-base line. Hawpe tried to backhand it but it went under his glove for an error, allowing Freeman and McLouth to score. Heyward beat out an infield single and Jones tripled over the head of center fielder Cameron Maybin, who was retreating and turned the wrong way. Jones scored on Brian McCann's double to right, making it 6-0.

"It was a big spot. We had them on the ropes early," Jones said. "I didn't even realize that Martin's ball was an error until later. I thought it was a hit. obviously that was a big play. It extended the inning. It gave Jason, myself an Mac an opportunity to put the game out of reach."

Hawpe was signed to replace Adrian Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner who was traded to Boston in December. Hawpe, who played only a handful of games at first in his major-league career before this season, has had a rough year in the field and at the plate.

After losing three of four games in Los Angeles, the Braves swept a three-game series at San Francisco and took two of three from the Padres. Hanson beat San Francisco 4-1 on Friday night.

"Getting that lead always helps, and it was just one of those days where all four of my pitches were working," Hanson said. "I was getting outs with all four of my pitches. I kept them off balance pretty good."

Hanson "has an electric fastball," San Diego's Orlando Hudson said. "He threw more off-speed pitches today. He threw a slider for strikes, kept it down, threw a good curveball and had his changeup working, plus they swung a good bat."

Latos went five innings, with five strikeouts and one walk. Andy Benes (Sept. 6, 1993-April 19, 1994) and Dennis Rasmussen (June 26-Aug. 9, 1991) also lost nine straight starts for San Diego.

Notes

  • The Braves went 6-4 on a trip through Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, including a three-game sweep of the Giants.
  • The Padres are off Thursday after playing 20 games in 20 days, tied for their longest stretch of the season.
 
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Chipper Jones drives in three to pass Mickey Mantle for second among switch-hitters with 1,512 RBI. (AP)
Chipper Jones drives in three to pass Mickey Mantle for second among switch-hitters with 1,512 RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 10
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF5220011 .245
Jason Heyward, RF5121012 .256
Chipper Jones, 3B4113001 .289
   a- Brandon Hicks, PH-3B1000011 .000
Brian McCann, C3021101 .310
Dan Uggla, 2B4000023 .180
Freddie Freeman, 1B4110011 .238
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000001 .229
Nate McLouth, CF4220010 .244
Tommy Hanson, P3000022 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000011 .091
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals387105110  
a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
b-struck out for Gearrin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (7, Latos), Brian McCann (1, Latos), Freddie Freeman (6, Latos), Nate McLouth (7, Scribner)
3B - Chipper Jones (1, Latos)
RBI - Jason Heyward (13), Chipper Jones 3 (21), Brian McCann (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (5), Chipper Jones 2 (5), Brian McCann (10)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Uggla-A. Gonzalez-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,3-3) 74001100 2.57
Cory Gearrin 1000010 0.00
Craig Kimbrel 1000100 0.87
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 113-74, Cory Gearrin 9-6, Craig Kimbrel 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 7-4, Cory Gearrin 2-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 26, Cory Gearrin 3, Craig Kimbrel 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4000010 .233
Jason Bartlett, SS3000110 .231
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000111 .202
Jorge Cantu, 3B4010011 .169
Brad Hawpe, 1B4010013 .143
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010011 .238
Will Venable, RF3010001 .183
Rob Johnson, C3000033 .318
Mat Latos, P1000010 .000
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000011 .087
    Cory Luebke, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Headley, PH1000000 .211
    Evan Scribner, P0000000 .000
Totals30040211  
a-struck out for Latos in the 5th
b-grounded out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
SB - Will Venable 2 (8, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Rob Johnson (1)
E - Brad Hawpe (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,0-4) 5761150 4.98
Cory Luebke 2100020 5.14
Luke Gregerson 1000000 1.46
Evan Scribner 1211030 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 93-57, Cory Luebke 27-15, Luke Gregerson 9-6, Evan Scribner 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 6-5, Cory Luebke 1-3, Luke Gregerson 1-2
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 24, Cory Luebke 7, Luke Gregerson 3, Evan Scribner 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20026
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Larry Vanover