MONTREAL (Ticker) --
homered twice and
pitched seven solid innings as the
posted a 5-0 victory over the
Jones recorded his 18th career multi-homer game and Atlanta's first of the season. He helped the Braves win for the seventh time in 11 games and has five of his 10 homers in that span.
Jones tied a season high with three RBI and began his big night by sending Montreal starter
's 0-1 pitch in the second inning into the left-center field seats for a 2-0 lead.
After J.D. Drew hit a solo shot in the third and
stroked an RBI single in the sixth,
led off the seventh with a homer down the left field line.
The veteran center fielder has hit six of his homers on the road. He went 6-for-21 on Atlanta's six-game homestand and admitted to feeling more comfortable in road games.
"I guess I'm more comfortable,"
said. "At home you try and do too much and show the fans that you're a good player. But the fans don't believe that. Lately we've been playing tough and not hitting and the fans are not supporting us. They boo us, so it's not that fun.
"At the plate today, I had a couple of pitches to hit and didn't miss them. We're just trying to get on a roll. We didn't start the season the way we wanted to. Hopefully we can find our confidence and get back on track."
Thomson (3-2) allowed eight hits and struck out three without a walk. He threw 72 of 104 pitches for strikes before
worked an inning apiece.
Thomson, who entered with a 1-3 record and 4.66 ERA in five previous starts at Montreal, went seven innings for the first time in five starts. He gave up a hit in every inning but the third and sixth and got key outs all night.
"We're starting to straighten ourselves out as far as mechanics," Thomson said. "My biggest thing today was staying with the game plan."
Reitsma allowed a hit in the eighth and Alfonseca gave up two-out singles to pinch hitter
. But after Chavez's fourth hit of the game, Alfonseca retired
on a groundout to secure Atlanta's third shutout of the season.
"We pitched good and hit good," Braves manager
said. "Tonight we made some nice little plays here and there."
Day (3-5), who had his start pushed back following Sunday's rainout at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Playing in Olympic Stadium for the first time since May 9, the Expos lost their fifth straight game. Montreal (14-30) also was blanked for the eighth time in 44 games and became the first team to reach 30 losses.
"We were cold at the wrong time tonight," said Expos manager
, whose team stranded 11 runners. "We put people on base and we couldn't get the hit to move people around. The first inning was the perfect example of it. We got the first two men on and they stay right there. They don't even move."
"It's kind of frustrating," Montreal first baseman
added. "We came out and swung the bats pretty decent but you've got to get the big hit at the right time and we didn't."