PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on
consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves
end their longest streak without a homer in 24 years, and manager
Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories
with a 4-to-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight.
The Braves went 72 innings without a homer, the equivalent of
eight games, until Jones followed Chipper Jones' double off the top
of the center-field wall with a two-run shot to nearly the same
location -- putting the Braves up 2-to-1. Francoeur followed with a
drive into the left-field seats for his sixth homer, the same
number as Andruw Jones.
The homer drought was the Braves' longest since a 13-game streak
in 1983, but didn't hurt their record as they won their fourth in a
row and fifth in six games. The Pirates dropped their ninth in 13
Pirates starter Zach Duke (1-4) limited the Braves to four hits
and no runs until giving up about 12-hundred feet worth of
extra-base hits in a span of four pitches on the double and two
homers. After Brian McCann and Matt Diaz singled to chase Duke,
pinch-hitter Scott Thorman followed with an R-B-I double off
reliever Jonah Bayliss to make it 4-to-1.
Cox has a two-thousand-194-and-one-thousand-698 record in 26
seasons with the Braves and Blue Jays. He got his
two-thousand-194th victory in his three-thousand-882nd game, while
Anderson -- the former Reds and Tigers manager -- needed
four-thousand-30 games. The leader is Connie Mack (3,731), who
managed for a record 53 seasons.
Kyle Davies (1-1) limited the Pirates to one run and seven hits
over seven innings.