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Chipper Jones Continues Dominance of New York Mets with Go-Ahead Single

August 7th, 2011 at 11:59 PM
By Cody Fields

Chipper Jones did not even start Sunday afternoon against the New York Mets, but he still found a way to help the Atlanta Braves beat them.

As has been his habit over his career, Jones hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth to win the game and the weekend series against the Braves' rivals. Jones had originally entered the game in the sixth inning as part of a double switch that brought in Eric O'Flaherty in for Mike Minor.

Neither Minor nor O'Flaherty brought their A-game, however, which is what made it a close game to begin with.

By the time MInor exited with two outs in the sixth, he had already been knocked around for two runs on seven hits. Fredi Gonzalez yanked him with the bases loaded, and O'Flaherty allowed two inherited runs to score on two cheap hits.

O'Flaherty then blew his third save when he gave up an RBI double to Angel Pagan in the seventh inning, "ballooning" his ERA to 1.04.

That set up an eighth that saw Jonny Venters issue two walks with two outs before getting Scott Hairston to pop up to Freddie Freeman, which was followed by Jones' single in the ninth.

The day after the Mets launched four homers off Tommy Hanson, the Braves did the same thing to the tune of three dingers off Mets starter Dillon Gee, starting in the second inning when Jason Heyward led off with his 12th home run.

Alex Gonzalez and Jose Constanza also went back-to-back in the fifth. Constanza's homer was the first of his career.

And through leaving 14 men base, going 1-for-13 with runners on scoring position and failing to capitalize on three New York errors, the Braves still squeaked out the 6-5 win on Craig Kimbrel's 34th save.

Though Freddie Freeman failed to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, Dan Uggla's streak hit 28 games with a single in his final at-bat. Uggla is now halfway to the legendary 56-game streak by Joe Dimaggio in 1941.

Jose Reyes exited in the second with what the Mets called a strained hamstring, resulting in an interesting situation where four different Mets played second base and David Wright played shortstop for the first time in his career. Constanza then knocked Daniel Murphy with an errant foot to the knee on a stolen base attempt, which forced Justin Turner to return to second base.

The Philadelphia Phillies' loss to the San Francisco Giants snapped their nine-game winning streak and allowed the Braves to climb to within 8.5 games of the division lead. The Arizona Diamondbacks' win over the Los Angeles Dodgers kept the Braves in the Wild Card lead by 3.5 games.

The Braves will head south to play the Florida Marlins in a three-game set. Derek Lowe (6-10, 4.86 ERA) will look to break out of his slump against Brad Hand (1-3, 2.86 ERA) at 7:10 EDT.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Uggla, Eric O'Flaherty, Jose Constanza, MLB, New York Mets

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