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Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2004 12:21 AM EDT
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ATLANTA 9, CINCINNATI 5 (10 INNINGS)
 

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Andruw Jones led off the 10th inning with a home run and Rafael Furcal added a three-run blast later in the frame, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds .

Marcus Giles helped the Braves send the game into extra innings with a two-out, RBI single in the ninth off Reds closer Danny Graves , tying the game at 5-5.

"So many guys clutched up tonight," Giles said. "I don't think I've ever seen a game where so many guys clutched up."

"It was just one of those games in this ballpark," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Anything can happen here. We got some pitches to hit and we hit them. Giles and DeRo ( Mark DeRosa ) had huge hits and Andruw (Jones) had three great at-bats."

Jones opened the 10th by sending a 1-1 pitch from Brian Reith (0-1) over the left-center field wall for his third homer of the season.

DeRosa and Johnny Estrada drew two-out walks to chase Reith. Furcal greeted Phil Norton by sending a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for his first homer of the season.

DeRosa had given the Braves a 4-3 lead in the eighth with a two-out, two-run single. Julio Franco was walked intentionally in front of DeRosa.

"I've been struggling so bad at the plate," DeRosa said. "Even if it is probably the right move, you take it personally when they walk someone in front of you. You have to, to get fired up."

The homers made a winner of former Red Chris Reitsma (0-1), who surrendered a two-run homer to Sean Casey in the bottom of the eighth that tied the game. Casey also had a solo homer in the sixth.

Casey and Reitsma were best friends when they were teammates with the Reds. When Reitsma was traded on March 26, Casey asked for permission and received the rest of the day off from the team.

"There was a lot of emotion," Casey said. "He'll always be a great friend. That's the way it goes. Next time he'll probably screw me into the ground with his changeup."

"I didn't have my best command and of all people, my best buddy," Reitsma said. "It was one of those things that I wouldn't do any differently beside the outcome. I wanted to challenge him, move him off the plate and set the tone for the at-bat."


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