ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones drove in four runs to back a strong
start from John Smoltz, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Washington
13-to-noting tonight and sweep a three-game series from the
Atlanta had a season-high 22 hits and scored in six of the first
seven innings, snapping out of a dreadful five-game losing streak
in which they scored just one run against Detroit and Boston. It
was the Braves' best offensive day since May 27th, when they beat
Yunel Escobar and Edgar Renteria each had R-B-I singles and
Jones had an R-B-I fielder's choice off Billy Traber in the fifth
inning, turning a 7-zip lead into a 10-to-nothing rout.
Brian McCann followed with a two-run homer in the sixth, his
seventh of the year, and Jeff Francoeur had an R-B-I single in the
Escobar had four hits and scored four runs, Francoeur finished
3-for-3 with three R-B-I's, and Renteria had three hits and drove
in two runs.
Smoltz (9-4) struck out seven and walked one, leaving for a
pinch-runner in the fifth after throwing only 89 pitches.