ATLANTA (Ticker) --
homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the
snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 triumph over the
in the opener of a doubleheader.
Jones' 25th homer of the season snapped Atlanta's fourth three-game losing streak of the season and gave the Braves their 17th win in their last at-bat.
was robbed of a base hit by shortstop
, Jones' shot off reliever
(0-2) bounced off of the top of the center field fence and into the seats.
"I saw a changeup come really good out of his hands," Jones said. "I just got enough out of it. It's better to be lucky than good. Definitely, off the bat I didn't know. I knew my ball was under the wind. I was trying to get into scoring position anyway possible."
Jones' big hit capped a stellar day for the Braves' slugger. He led off the eighth with a base hit and hustled to second on
' fly ball to deep center field and took third on
's grounder. He scored on
's game-tying single.
"He's a superstar that doesn't mind getting dirty," Pirates manager
said. "He tagged up on a routine fly ball. Chipper did it all today. He won the ballgame for them today."
The blast made a winner of
(1-1), who struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the frame. In his 10th appearance for Atlanta, Cunnane needed just 11 pitches to notch his first win since August 20, 2002.
Cunnane came on for rookie lefthander
, who allowed two runs - one earned - and three hits in nine innings.
also pitched well. Less then a week after lasting 2 1/3 innings against the Braves, Perez lasted seven innings and surrendered just one run and six hits.
Perez gave up five hits in the first four innings, but settled down and surrendered just one thereafter.
"He threw the ball well," McClendon said of Perez. "He got good command of his pitches for the most part. It was a very good outing. He's learning and he's going to have some good outings and some bad outings."
Ramirez had gone nearly two months without a win before posting a victory over the Pirates on Saturday. He was outstanding again Friday, retiring 18 of 19 hitters before
lined a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats with one out in the seventh that put Pittsburgh ahead, 2-1.
"I think that's the best I've pitched all year," Ramirez said. "My location, velocity and touch was all there today. Everything came all together.
"That wasn't a mistake. I wouldn't take that pitch back. It was a good pitch. He hit it."
After Sanders' homer, the Pirates mustered just one hit the rest of the way. They had the go-ahead run on first in the ninth after
's second base hit of the game, but
bounced into a double play.
After hitting just .222 (22-for-99) and scoring six runs in being swept in a three-game series at New York, the Braves struggled against Perez.
The Pirates took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as
scored on a groundout by Kendall. The Braves answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
led off with a bunt base hit and took second on an error by third baseman
sacrificed, Sheffield hit his first triple since October 7, 2001.