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Updated: Sunday, August 31, 2003 6:57 PM EDT
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Atlanta Braves
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10 14 0
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4 10 0
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ATLANTA 10, PITTSBURGH 4
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Andruw Jones homered for the second straight day and the Atlanta Braves cruised to a 10-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Rafael Furcal and Marcus Giles led off the game with back-to-back singles against Pittsburgh starter Jeff D'Amico (8-13) and, one out later, Jones hit his 33rd home run of the season to put Atlanta up 3-0.

Andruw Jones ' three RBI gave him 101 for the season, putting him over the century mark for the third time in four seasons. His career high is 104, set in 2000 and matched in 2001.

"Atlanta can get you down real quick like that," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We've seen in this series how well they hit the ball."

In the bottom of the first, the Pirates almost put together a two-out rally as Jason Kendall was hit by a pitch and Reggie Sanders hit a ball to the warning track in left field. But the Pirates caught a bad break when Sanders' line drive hopped over the short fence for a ground-rule double. Kendall, who would have scored easily, was sent back to third, and Shane Reynolds (11-7) regrouped to strike out Matt Stairs .

"Reynolds was real tough on all of us," said Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson , who had his career-high 17-game hitting streak snapped. "He made pitches."

The Braves scored in the second and third innings, respectively, on a solo homer by Vinny Castilla and an RBI single by Darren Bragg . The Pirates got back two runs on a single by Sanders, but he was thrown out trying to go to second base.

Atlanta made Pittsburgh pay for Sanders' out on the bases in the fourth, as Chipper Jones knocked in two runs with a single and Javy Lopez hit a solo homer, his 35th of the season, to make it 8-2.

"It seems pretty good at this point in the season to have 35 home runs," Lopez said. "I feel more relaxed with that the rest of the way. Whatever comes from now on will just add to it."

The runs on Chipper Jones ' single were charged to D'Amico, who followed up a three-hit shutout with his worst start of the season. D'Amico, whose last start was August 21, missed his last turn in the rotation with a virus, and lasted only three-plus innings, allowing seven runs and 10 hits. Mike Lincoln came in and gave up the homer to Lopez.

"That was a bad outing," D'Amico said. "I don't think there was any effect from what happened this week. Just never got to the point where I was putting pitches where I wanted to."

Reynolds, meanwhile, won for the first time since July 31. The righthander pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks to extend his career record against the Pirates to 12-6.

"As a pitcher, you want to shut people out," Reynolds said. "Today, I gave the team a chance to win. They scored some runs and it let me go after the hitters. It allowed me not to walk anybody."

Giles had three hits, including a pair of doubles. His RBI double in the ninth inning was his 44th of the season, setting an Atlanta record.

"To have your name said with the great players in this organization is an honor," Giles said. "I've been telling you guys all along that I'm a singles and doubles hitter. Doubles are just home runs that don't go as far."

Tommy Holmes set the Braves' franchise record with 47 when the team was in Boston in 1947.

The Braves are 87-49, 14 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins in the National League East Division. Atlanta's magic number starting September is 13.


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