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Braves Take Series vs Astros

 
Posted Sunday, August 5th 2012 @ 3pm

courtesy of statesman.com

ATLANTA (AP) Chipper Jones had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning wild pitch in his final game against Houston, and the Braves beat the Astros 6-1 Sunday to finish an 8-2 homestand.

With the score 1-1 in the sixth, Jones singled and took third on singles by Freddie Freeman and Davis Ross. Jones scored on a pitch from Bud Norris (5-9) that sailed over catcher Carlos Corporan's glove, and Janish singled in two runs for a 4-1 lead.

Jones added a run-scoring double off Xavier Cedeno in the seventh. He hit .322 with 20 homers in his career against the Astros.

Jonny Venters (4-3) pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth to win in relief of Kris Medlen, who allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Atlanta remained three games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

Kris Medlen, who allowed only three hits in his first five innings, left after back-to-back singles to Marwin Gonzalez and Brett Wallace with one out in the sixth. Cory Gearrin gave up a tying double to Justin Maxwell.

Venters, who had been rested due to a sore left elbow, entered in his first appearance since July 29 and struck out pinch-hitter Matt Downs. After an intentional walk to Steve Pearce that loaded the bases, pinch-hitter J.D. Martinez grounded out.

David Ross homered in the second after Michael Bourn singled in a run in the eighth after

Rhiner Cruz walked a pair of batters.

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