Jones, Braves Win 4th Straight

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 11:22 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens, from the Netherlands Antilles, follows through on a pitch as Braves' Brian McCann, left, catches against the San Diego Padres during the second inning.   (AP Photo/John Amis)
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(Newser) – Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 to improve the NL's best home record. Mark Kotsay added two hits, including a homer. Kotsay also delivered the defensive play of the game in the fifth inning, making an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track of Tadahito Iguchi's drive.

The Braves have won four straight, all at home, where they improved to 12-4 overall. Jurrjens (4-2) matched his career high with eight strikeouts and gave up seven hits with a walk and one run in six innings. San Diego's Chris Young (2-3) threw 98 pitches in only five innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.