The Braves Report: A Two-Spot for Chipper

<U><B>Braves 7, Montreal 5</B></U> <BR> Mike Hampton went 7 innings and hit a homerun to get his 4th win of the season. Hampton was aided by Chipper Jones who had a monster day against the Expos, going 4-5 and launching two homers. <BR> <BR> <U><B>Down on the farm:</B></U> <BR> Matt Belisle pitches a complete game for Greenville; McBride roughed up by Wilmington; McCann and Francouer continue their hot hitting for Rome in Sunday night's action.

For the second straight game, the Braves were losing to the Expos when play was halted due to rain. For the second straight game, the Braves fought back once play resumed for a come from behind victory.

Maybe Chief Noc-A-Homa can come out of retirement and do a little rain dance for every home game?

Chipper Jones had a big day at the plate, connecting for 2 homers on a 2-for-4, 4 RBI day. Mike Hampton helped his own cause with his first homer of the year, going 2-for-3 and scoring 2 runs.

Hampton did a nice job on the mound as well, winning for the first time in his last 3 starts to improve his record to 4-5 on the season. Hampton went 7 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits, and striking out eight with just one walk. He got off to a good start in the first two innings, despite giving up 3 hits, before the Expos broke through for three runs in the 3rd, and one in the 4th.

The short rain delay hit right after the 4th, giving Hampton a few moments to collect himself. Once play resumed in the 5th, Hampton retired 8 of the 9 batters he faced before leaving after the 7th.

Atlanta got on the board in the 3rd inning on a 2-run homer by Chipper Jones, and then added another run in the 4th on Hampton's solo shot. The Braves offense kept right on rolling after the delay, loading the bases on Expos starter Tim Drew. Javy Lopez drove in a pair with a two out single to give the Braves their first lead of the day, 5-4, and knock Drew out of the game.

Chipper added a sac fly RBI in the 6th, and his second homer, a solo shot, in the 8th to put the Braves ahead 7-4.

John Smoltz came on in the ninth for the save. While he was successful in his bid for his 32nd save of the year, he didn't leave unscathed, as Michael Barrett connected for a solo homer off Smoltz with one out in the inning. Smoltz struck out one, and then allowed another hit before getting a ground out to end the game and secure the save.

The Braves ride a three game winning streak into Shea Stadium tomorrow to face the Mets in a 3 game series. Horacio Ramirez (7-2) takes on Jae Seo (5-4) in another rookie matchup for the Braves young southpaw. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10

Down on the farm

Durham Bulls (TB) 1, Richmond Braves 5 -- Chris Fussell earned his 6th win of the season, allowing no runs on 3 hits in 7 innings, as Richmond defeats the Bulls, 5-1. SS Nick Green was 1-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI, and C Mike Hubbard was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tennessee Smokies (STL) 1, Greenville Braves 2 -- Matt Belisle was outstanding, tossing a complete game, as Greenville edges past the Smokies, 2-1. Belisle went all 9 innings, giving up only one unearned run on 7 hits, with 9 strikeouts and a walk. The win improves his record to 5-7 on the season. 3B James Jurries hit his 20th double on a 3-for-5, 1 RBI night. C Lee Evans drove in the other G-Braves run, going 2-for-4 on the day. Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) 10, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2 -- It was a rough night on the mound for the Pelicans, as they get crushed by the Blue Rocks, 10-2. Macay McBride got roughed up a bit in the start, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings in the loss, dropping him to 5-5. Marcel Vianna got the worst of it, giving up 4 runs and 4 hits while recording only one out in the 6th. 1B Scott Thorman was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and scored both Pelicans runs. Rome Braves 4, Charleston-SC RiverDogs (TB) 1 -- The roommates got it done, as C Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, and CF Jeff Francoeur was 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, as Rome wins on the road, 4-1. Mike Mueller tossed 2 scoreless in the start, followed by Efigenio Peralta who picked up the win to go to 1-0. Peralta allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 4.2 innings with 3 strikeouts. Danville Braves 3, Bluefield Orioles 7 -- DH Mike Hanson and SS Dean White each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, but 3 Danville errors cost them the game, losing 7-3. Sean White gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 4 IP in the start. Cory Blackmon (1-1) was on the hook for the loss, giving up 5 runs, none of which were earned, in 0.2 IP. Orlando Braves -- Scheduled day off.

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