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Jones Carries Braves Past Cubs

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What a way to come out of a 4-game slide! The fireworks got started early as Tim Hudson ran the first pitch of the game right into Alfonso Soriano's shoulder in response to last night's game, proving that he was man enough to do what the Braves pitchers last night couldn't. After warnings were issued he proceeded to give up four runs on three hits, a walk, and the hit batsman in the first frame. Hudson settled down and cruised through the next inning before getting hit in the leg in the third and having to leave the game. At that point, I have to admit, I figured the game was as good as over but it was not to be. The Braves pen combined for seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out six in those innings. For the first time in a while, the bats came alive. After falling into an early hole, Andruw Jones ignited the team with a monster two-run shot to center in the bottom of the first, but the real fun came in the second. On a swinging bunt, Scott Thorman's hustle paid off as he forced an error., Yunel Escobar walked, Tim Hudson laid down a perfect bunt, and then following a walk to Willie Harris, Edgar Renteria, Andruw Jones, and Brian McCann all singled to give the Braves a 6-4 advantage. The Braves didn't look back after that as Edgar Renteria nailed a two-run shot in the fourth and then an RBI double in the sixth. To go along with his 2/5 day at the plate, Andruw made the best play of the year so far for this team to rob Michael Barrett of a hit. This is exactly what this team needed. Hudson getting rocked in the first was the best thing that happened. Not only did they get pumped up after Hudson nailed Soriano, but they came back in a big fashion from a four-run deficit. This should get the fire back in this team. Kelly Meter: Johnson went 1/4 today with an RBI and a walk. A pretty good day considering one of his outs brought home a run and one moved a runner from second to third. I am liking this kid more and more.

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