ATLANTA (Ticker) --
hit two homers for the second straight day, but the
were especially victimized by two ill-fated line drives.
After connecting on a solo blast, Lopez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the
to a 6-5 victory over the Pirates and a sweep of their rain-shortened two-game series.
The Braves hit four homers Sunday and nine in the series, including four by Lopez, who has six in his last four games and 18 for the season after matching a career low with 11 last year.
"I don't even know how to describe it," said Braves manager
. "I'm sure McGwire and Sosa and those guys have done all that, but it's the darndest thing I've seen in a while. It's really something to see Javy really doing well and if anyone deserves it, it's him."
tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run homer off
(2-3) in the sixth inning. It was Jones' third homer in his last eight at-bats and 16th of the season.
followed with a single and Lopez pulled a changeup over the left field wall, just inside the foul pole.
"I've never been in a streak like that in my life," said Lopez, who has four multiple-homer games this season and 16 in his career. "It's hard to explain the feeling at the plate. Everything I see, balls away, balls in, I'm seeing everything right in the middle."
In the fifth inning, Lopez launched a breaking ball over the 400-foot mark in center field.
"He's hot right now and you have to make good pitches to him," Fogg said. "The second at-bat, I hung a slider to him and the third at-bat, he hit a changeup that was up in the zone. When he's swinging a hot bat like that, you can't make pitches up. I did it a lot today."
Lopez left after the seventh inning with a sore wrist.
"I got hit twice in the same spot (by foul tips)," Lopez said. "It hurts when I throw. A couple of days off, it should be OK."
added a home run and a triple for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to five games and improved to 42-19, matched their best record at the 61-game mark, set in 1998.
Atlanta has 50 homers in its last 21 games and leads the majors with 98.
"We're in a groove right now," Jones said. "We're doing everything to win games, especially when we're down. "We know we're going to score runs."
(3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, but the Braves barely held on.
The Pirates pulled within 6-5 on an RBI single by
in the eighth inning but had a chance to score more with the bases loaded and one out. However,
hit a liner right to Furcal and the shortstop stepped on second for an inning-ending double play.
"That's the way it's been going the last couple of games," Lofton said. "I hit it hard and I thought it would get through the infield, but Furcal caught it."
In the ninth, the Pirates had runners on first and third with two outs against closer
lined a pitch to deep right field, but
backed up and made the catch at the warning track to end the game.
"I thought we played extremely well, but had some tough breaks," Sanders said. "Kenny hit it hard, I hit the ball good. It's tough. But they're on a roll. It seems like it would be tough to continue the pattern that they're on."
Smoltz leads the majors with 24 saves in 25 chances.
"I didn't have my best stuff today, but that doesn't mean I can't get the job done," Smoltz said.
did not allow a hit through the first three innings, but the Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when
extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games with an RBI double and scored on a single by Sanders.
Lopez and Furcal each hit solo homers in the fifth, but the Pirates reclaimed the lead with two in the sixth.
, who went 2-for-2, drew one of his three walks to start the inning and Ramirez singled. Former Brave
followed with a liner past first baseman Fick for an RBI double and Ramirez scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Nunez.