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Jones lifts Braves to sweep of Brewers

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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones wants to relish the highlights in his final season.

His first home game earned a special place on that list.

Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five straight after losing their first four games. Beachy gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.

Jones, whose 40th birthday is April 24, had arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He missed the first two games of the series after having the knee drained on Friday.

He hit what he called a hanging curve ball from Chris Narveson for the three-run homer in the third inning that gave the Braves the lead.

"It was a pretty cool moment," said Jones, who announced in spring training he will retire after the season. "This year is going to be filled with a lot of moments, I hope. I've had two so far."

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Jones has two homers in only three games. After missing the first four games of the season while recovering from the surgery, he homered in his first game back on Tuesday night in Houston.

"It's just amazing," Beachy said. "He just had his knee drained and comes up today with a big three-run homer.... It's just huge having him out there."

Narveson gave up five runs in four innings for the Brewers, who have lost four straight. Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in three runs.

Jones' three-run homer in the third drove in Beachy, who walked, and Martin Prado, who doubled to left.

Jones turned on the first pitch, hitting a fat curve ball over the plate.

"You're trying to keep him off-balance," Narveson said. "That came back over the plate when we were trying to get it away. Obviously he put a good swing on it. He punishes mistakes."

Jones said he savored his 456th career homer.

"Just running around the bases I was thinking to myself man, this is pretty awesome," he said. "Coming back and getting the reception from my teammates and the fans was pretty special."

Heyward added his homer high and deep in the right-field seats in the fourth.

Beachy (1-1) became Atlanta's second straight starter to pitch at least seven innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out six and walked two batters. Mike Minor gave up two hits and one unearned run in 7 1-3 innings in the Braves' 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Milwaukee's first run came after Braves left fielder Martin Prado, fighting the sun, dropped Aramis Ramirez's flyball to open the second inning. Ramirez advanced to second on the play and scored on Lucroy's two-out single to center.

Beachy gained momentum by striking out Ramirez and Hart with runners on first and second in the third inning.

The Braves scored one run in the first off Narveson (1-1). Michael Bourn doubled, moved to third on Prado's sacrifice and scored on Brian McCann's line drive to right field.

The Braves loaded the bases in the eighth against Brewers closer John Axford, who had not pitched since Wednesday. After Uggla walked, first baseman Mat Gamel bobbled a grounder by Freddie Freeman for an error. Weeks added a throwing error on the play, making a poor toss toward first.

Axford walked Heyward to load the bases and was pulled after pinch-hitter Eric Hinske's two-run single to right.

The Brewers trailed 7-1 before scoring three runs in the ninth off Chad Durbin. After back-to-back doubles by Ryan Braun and Corey Hart drove in one run, Lucroy hit a two-run homer.

Lucroy had a run-scoring single in the second inning for the Brewers' first run.

The Brewers have an off day before opening a nine-game homestand.

"We're not playing the type of game that we want to play," said manager Ron Roenicke. "On both ends. Pitching and offensively, we're just not doing the things that we need to do.

"We've got to kick it in gear a little bit earlier than the ninth inning. ... If we play like this we're going to get beat everywhere. We can't continue like this."

Notes

  • Jackie Robinson's grandson, Jesse Sims, was on the field for a pregame ceremony as the Braves celebrated the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier. Players on each team wore Robinson's No. 42.
  • Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez, who left the team after Friday's game, and his wife, Johanna, had a baby boy, Axel David, on Sunday morning. Gonzalez is expected to join the Brewers Tuesday in Milwaukee.
  • The Braves open a three-game home series against the Mets on Monday night. Tommy Hanson will face New York's Dillon Gee.
  • The Brewers open a home series against the Dodgers on Tuesday night, when Yovanni Gallardo faces Chad Billingsley.
  • Durbin has allowed homers in each of his three appearances.
 
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Chipper Jones celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in his first game back from a two-game layoff. (AP)
Chipper Jones celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in his first game back from a two-game layoff. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

J. Lucroy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B3010120 .184
Nyjer Morgan, CF4000012 .143
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
    Tim Dillard, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, LF4120000 .343
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4100013 .114
Corey Hart, RF4111013 .321
Mat Gamel, 1B3000102 .250
Jonathan Lucroy, C4123001 .364
Cesar Izturis, SS3010001 .100
   a- George Kottaras, PH1000010 .364
Chris Narveson, P1000012 .000
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000000 .000
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   c- Aoki Norichika, PH-CF1000000 .375
Totals3347427  
a-struck out for Izturis in the 9th
b-grounded out for Narveson in the 5th
c-lined out for Parra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (4, Durbin), Corey Hart (3, Durbin)
HR - Jonathan Lucroy (2, Durbin)
RBI - Corey Hart (8), Jonathan Lucroy 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy 3 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Mat Gamel (2, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (1, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson (L,1-1) 4455212 7.00
Marco Estrada 1200120 3.00
Manny Parra 2200020 2.70
John Axford 0.1121210 10.13
Tim Dillard 0.2000110 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 73-39, Marco Estrada 30-16, Manny Parra 31-19, John Axford 26-14, Tim Dillard 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 4-7, Manny Parra 1-3, John Axford 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 18, Marco Estrada 5, Manny Parra 8, John Axford 5, Tim Dillard 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5130013 .243
Martin Prado, LF3120110 .286
Chipper Jones, 3B3113215 .417
Brian McCann, C3011012 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B3100123 .206
Freddie Freeman, 1B4100000 .162
Jason Heyward, RF3111100 .345
Tyler Pastornicky, SS4000013 .136
Brandon Beachy, P1100100 .333
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .143
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1012000 .429
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
Totals3179767  
a-flied out for Beachy in the 7th
b-singled for Medlen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (2, Narveson), Martin Prado (2, Narveson)
HR - Chipper Jones (2, Narveson), Jason Heyward (2, Narveson)
SF - Brian McCann (1)
SH - Martin Prado (1)
RBI - Chipper Jones 3 (5), Brian McCann (7), Jason Heyward (5), Eric Hinske 2 (3)
SB - Michael Bourn (2, 3rd base off Parra/Lucroy), Martin Prado (1, 2nd base off Parra/Lucroy)
CS - Michael Bourn (2, 2nd base by M. Estrada/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beachy-Pastornicky-Freeman, Pastornicky-Freeman
E - Martin Prado (1, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy (W,1-1) 7310260 0.75
Kris Medlen 1100000 2.84
Chad Durbin 1333011 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 103-68, Kris Medlen 9-6, Chad Durbin 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 6-9
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 26, Kris Medlen 3, Chad Durbin 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30831
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione