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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.
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.
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."
|Chipper Jones celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in his first game back from a two-game layoff. (AP)|
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|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.184|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.343|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||1||3||.114|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.321|
|Mat Gamel, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.250|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||1||2||3||0||0||1||.364|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.100|
|a- George Kottaras, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.364|
|Chris Narveson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marco Estrada, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Aoki Norichika, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
|a-struck out for Izturis in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Narveson in the 5th|
|c-lined out for Parra in the 8th|
|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|
|E - Mat Gamel (2, Misplayed grounder), Rickie Weeks (1, Throwing)|
|Chris Narveson (L,1-1)||4||4||5||5||2||1||2||7.00|
|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|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||3||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Martin Prado, LF||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.286|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||1||3||2||1||5||.417|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.276|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.206|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||.162|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.345|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.136|
|Brandon Beachy, P||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.333|
|a- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.429|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Beachy in the 7th|
|b-singled for Medlen in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Beachy-Pastornicky-Freeman, Pastornicky-Freeman|
|E - Martin Prado (1, Dropped fly)|
|Brandon Beachy (W,1-1)||7||3||1||0||2||6||0||0.75|
|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|
|Attendance - 30831|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione|