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Chipper goes 5 for 5, Braves rout Cubs

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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones absorbed every moment of a performance he said he'll cherish in retirement.

The newly chosen All-Star, delivered his first five-hit game in a decade, driving in four runs Tuesday night and leading the Atlanta Braves past the Chicago Cubs 10-3.

Jones was added to the NL All-Star roster before the game. The 40-year-old third baseman replaced injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

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He then played like an All-Star at the plate, on defense and with his first stolen base of the season.

Jones, who plans to retire after this season, went 5 for 5 for his third career five-hit game and first since Aug. 11, 2002.

"Tonight was just one of those dream games," Jones said. "I would be hard-pressed to find a game in which I played better."

After his fifth hit, a single in the eighth inning, Jones was lifted for pinch runner Juan Francisco. Jones tipped his batting helmet as he received an ovation on his way to the dugout. He emerged from the dugout for another wave to the fans as the cheers continued.

"That was fun. That was a lot of fun," Jones said. "It's just another one to file in the memory bank from my last year. It has been pretty special to this point."

Jones hit a three-run double in the sixth. He has a season-best 10-game hitting streak and is hitting .313.

"I don't think that swing is ready to retire," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Jones added a defensive highlight in the eighth inning when he fielded Darwin Barney's grounder behind third base and, while in foul territory, threw him out at first.

"Impressive," Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens said. "He stole the show today. He carried us."

Jurrjens (2-2) gave up nine hits and three runs, all unearned, in five innings. Reliever Kris Medlen pitched three perfect innings.

The Cubs led 3-1 before Michael Bourn hit a bases-loaded triple in Atlanta's five-run fifth. Martin Prado's sacrifice fly and Jason Heyward's 13th homer in the inning pushed the Braves' lead to 6-3, chasing Chris Volstad out of the game.

Volstad (0-7) was promoted from Triple-A Iowa for the start. He gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"He didn't really pitch to the game plan and that was discouraging," Sveum said, adding Volstad didn't follow catcher Steve Clevenger.

Sveum said Volstad will have another chance.

"We don't have any options, so we'll run him out there again," Sveum said. "As of now we don't have any other options."

The loss left Volstad with 20 consecutive starts without a victory. It is the longest winless streak in the majors since Jo-Jo Reyes made 28 consecutive winless starts for the Braves and the Blue Jays from 2008-11, according to STATS LLC.

Volstad was winless in his last 11 starts with Florida in 2011 and hasn't won in nine starts over two stints with the Cubs this season.

"It's definitely a learning process," Volstad said. "I think it's just a matter of trying to be too perfect. Too fine.

"I just need to relax."

Bourn walked in the first and scored when Jones' single dropped in front of David DeJesus in center field. DeJesus dove and trapped the ball.

Cubs relievers Rafael Dolis and Jairo Asencio combined to walk six batters in the sixth, helping the Braves score four runs on only one hit -- Jones' bases-loaded double to right field. Prado forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk from Asencio.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 52 minutes. Following the rain, the first-pitch temperature was 72 degrees, a drop of more than 20 degrees.

Notes

  • Volstad's last victory came on July 10, 2011 with Florida against Houston.
  • The Cubs optioned RHP Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa to clear a roster spot for Volstad. Coleman gave up seven earned runs, his career high as a reliever, in last Wednesday's 17-1 loss to the Reds.
  • Braves RHP Randall Delgado will face Cubs LHP Paul Maholm as the series continues on Wednesday night. Maholm threw seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory against the Braves in Chicago on May 5.
 
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Chipper Jones acknowledges the standing ovation he receives upon leaving the game after his 5-for-5 performance.  (US Presswire)
Chipper Jones acknowledges the standing ovation he receives upon leaving the game after his 5-for-5 performance. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 5
R 0
H 5
HR 0
RBI 4
Atlanta

M. Bourn
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4120000 .272
   a- Tony Campana, PH1010000 .272
Starlin Castro, SS5110021 .291
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4110002 .296
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010003 .269
Bryan LaHair, RF4021011 .288
Steve Clevenger, C4011001 .279
Darwin Barney, 2B4010003 .264
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000001 .230
Chris Volstad, P2000010 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .236
    Rafael Dolis, P0000000 .000
    Jairo Asencio, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .239
Totals38310205  
a-singled for DeJesus in the 9th
b-struck out for Corpas in the 6th
c-grounded out for Asencio in the 9th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo (3, Jurrjens)
RBI - Bryan LaHair (29), Steve Clevenger (14)
2-OUT RBI - Bryan LaHair (11), Steve Clevenger (8)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (2, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castro-Rizzo, Valbuena-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (L,0-7) 4.1766231 7.94
Manny Corpas 0.2100100 1.54
Rafael Dolis 0.1033300 6.75
Jairo Asencio 2.2211320 4.93
IBB - Freeman by Manny Corpas
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 77-48, Manny Corpas 9-4, Rafael Dolis 16-3, Jairo Asencio 64-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 5-4, Manny Corpas 1-0, Rafael Dolis 1-0, Jairo Asencio 2-4
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 21, Manny Corpas 3, Rafael Dolis 4, Jairo Asencio 13
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3313210 .305
Martin Prado, LF3112111 .320
Jason Heyward, RF5111004 .273
Chipper Jones, 3B5054000 .313
    Juan Francisco, PR-3B0000000 .223
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000213 .259
Dan Uggla, 2B3000101 .231
Brian McCann, C3110113 .225
Andrelton Simmons, SS4210001 .323
Jair Jurrjens, P1000000 .125
   a- Eric Hinske, PH0100100 .206
    Kris Medlen, P1100110 .250
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Totals3110101095  
a-walked for Jurrjens in the 5th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones 2 (10, Corpas, Asencio)
3B - Michael Bourn (5, Volstad)
HR - Jason Heyward (13, Volstad)
SF - Martin Prado (5)
RBI - Michael Bourn 3 (32), Martin Prado 2 (34), Jason Heyward (39), Chipper Jones 4 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones 4 (9)
SB - Chipper Jones (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jurrjens-Simmons-Freeman
E - Dan Uggla (9, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,2-2) 5930020 5.19
Kris Medlen (H,4) 3000020 3.07
Jonny Venters 1100010 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 80-59, Kris Medlen 31-24, Jonny Venters 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-7, Kris Medlen 4-3, Jonny Venters 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Kris Medlen 9, Jonny Venters 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27834
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce