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Updated: Saturday, August 28, 2004 12:27 AM EDT
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ATLANTA 5, SAN FRANCISCO 3
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Barry Bonds gave Matt Herges a three-run cushion in the top of the sixth. Herges needed only six pitches in the bottom of the inning to squander it.

Chipper Jones belted a two-run homer and starter Jaret Wright got down a go-ahead squeeze bunt as the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants .

Neither team scored until Bonds hit career homer No. 694 - a three-run, opposite-field shot off Wright (13-6) with one out in the top of the sixth. It was Bonds' 36th blast of the season.

"I think he got it a little more over the plate than he wanted to," Bonds said.

"I was pretty upset when I gave up the home run because he's the guy you don't want to beat you," Wright said of Bonds. "(But) that's what it's all about - facing the best."

But Kirk Rueter (7-10) immediately yielded back-to-back doubles by Marcus Giles and J.D. Drew in the bottom half before Jones tied the game with his 25th homer.

"It was imperative we came back pretty quickly," Jones said. "We had the bulk of our lineup up."

Rueter was removed after walking Julio Franco and replaced by Herges.

"They gave me three runs and I gave it right back," Rueter said. "It was a tough game."

Andruw Jones greeted the former Giants closer with a single and, after Eli Marrero grounded out, Eddie Perez was walked intentionally to load the bases. But Wright plated Franco with a squeeze bunt to give his team the lead, 4-3.

"He made it a beauty," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Sometimes you win in funny ways. That was a big bunt. He just pushed it on his own and it worked out."

"I had to get it down," Wright said. "I looked over and I thought I saw the sign. I was thinking maybe they didn't want me to strike out."

With two outs and a man on first in the top of the eighth, the Braves brought in lefthander Tom Martin , who struck out Bonds looking to end the frame.

"Yes, definitely (it was a strike)," Bonds said. "I don't know what the pitch was but it froze me, it just froze me. You can't win games like this. We just let them back in it."

"I threw a couple of breaking balls," Martin said. "Going against a guy like that all you can try and do is keep him off-balance. On that last pitch, I just took a little off and a threw a backup sinker."

After Atlanta added an insurance run in the eighth, John Smoltz worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

The Braves have won a season high-tying five straight games and improved to 11-3 against teams from the National League West Division this month.

"It was a playoff-type atmosphere," Chipper Jones said. "It had a little bit of everything, some home runs, some small ball. We just keep rolling along. Hopefully we'll get some more wins."

Wright (13-6), who allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, surpassed his previous career high in wins, set in 1998.


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