PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
capped a great July by once again beating the
Ortiz scattered nine hits in seven stellar innings en route to career victory No. 100 and
homered in the fourth as the
edged the Pirates, 1-0.
The 30-year-old Ortiz (12-6) struck out four without walking a batter to improve to 33-13 lifetime with Atlanta. The Braves ace is 5-0 in six July starts and improved to 7-0 in 11 career games against the Pirates.
"I think everyone sensed that it was going to be hard to score more runs," Ortiz said. "It's my job to keep their guys off the bases.
Ortiz was proud of reaching the 100-win milestone.
"If you asked me if I was capable of getting 100 wins in the big leagues ... I didn't even know how long I would last," Ortiz said.
Just the second National League pitcher to reach 12 wins, Ortiz joins former teammate
San Francisco Giants
, who has 13.
"It was the quality pitching that we faced," Pittsburgh manager
said. "Ortiz is a big time pitcher."
Jones provided the key blow, driving a 3-1 pitch from Pirates starter
(6-5) over the left field wall.
"Perez was great," McClendon said. "He made one mistake and it cost him a ballgame."
"It wasn't a classic 1-0 game,"
said. "You get one timely hit to get it done. I'm certainly glad we had Russ on the mound for this matchup."
Perez struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings, his second consecutive double-digit strikeout game and sixth of the season. He surrendered five hits and five walks.
"The one pitch was right in the middle," Perez said. "That's part of the game. Everybody knows Ortiz is a good pitcher. He doesn't give up too many runs. We knew it would be a tight game."
"(Being) 3-1 is a fastball count," Jones said. "I was the one guy he had fallen behind. It allowed me to sit on a fastball."
Despite going 2-for-2 against Perez, Jones was full of praise for the young lefthander, as was his manager.
"You had to know Perez wasn't going to give up too many runs," Jones said. "He's the closest thing to
you'll see in the game. He's legit."
"Perez is really hard to hit,"
said. "A great fastball and a super breaking ball too. You can't sit on either one."
opened the eighth inning but loaded the bases with two outs.
entered and recorded the final four outs for his 22nd save.
"Smoltz said he was good for 1 1/3 (innings)," Cox said. "I hated to pass it up if he was."
The Pirates were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.