Still unbeaten: Braves win again against a college team from back

By: associated press
By: associated press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chipper Jones hit a two-run double and five minor leaguers combined on a seven-hitter today in an 8-0 win over Georgia in the Atlanta Braves spring opener.

The Braves improved to 22-0 in their traditional game against either Georgia or Georgia Tech, who rotate the game each year. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-10 against the big league team.

Atlanta jumped ahead with an unearned run in the first. Yunel Escobar, taking over at shortstop with the trade of Edgar Renteria to Detroit, reached on an error and came around to score on Mark Teixeira's single.

The Braves made it 4-0 in the second. Kelly Johnson hit an RBI single and Jones doubled to right-center, bringing in two more runs against the Southeastern Conference school.

Jordan Schafer, who's being groomed to take over in center field next season, had a sacrifice fly. Gregor Blanco added a two-run double, and Tyler Flowers brought home the final run with another sacrifice fly.

Charlie Morton, Zach Schreiber, Jorge Campillo and Francisely Bueno each pitched two scoreless innings before Ryan Basner, brought over from the minor league camp, worked the ninth.

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