Happy birthday, Chipper Jones. The Braves slugger celebrated his 36th birthday by going 3-for-3, including a homer, to lead Atlanta past the NL East-leading Florida Marlins 7-4 on Thursday night. Jones also singled in the fifth, and was walked intentionally in his final at-bat while the crowd booed loudly.
He's on one of the hottest tears of his career, raising the best average in the majors to .442, and has seven homers and 20 RBIs. Chuck James (2-1) allowed four runs in five innings, but lasted long enough for the win. Jorge Campillo pitched two scoreless innings and Manny Acosta worked the final two for his second save.