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Updated: Monday, August 30, 2004 6:42 PM EDT
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ATLANTA 7, SAN FRANCISCO 6
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Braves used the oldest trick in the book to rally past the San Francisco Giants .

Julio Franco , who is the oldest player in the major leagues at 46, hit a game-tying RBI triple in the ninth inning and Andruw Jones hit the game-winning single two batters later as the Braves defeated the Giants, 7-6.

J.D. Drew, who broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the third inning, greeted Dustin Hermanson (5-6) with a single to open the ninth inning.

After taking second on a passed ball, Drew scored the tying run when Franco found a gap in right-center field and legged out his second triple of the season.

"In that situation, the first pitch, I wanted to bunt the ball," Franco said. "He threw it away. It clicked in my mind that I had to hit it the other way. ... Not bad for an old man. You might never see that again."

"I wanted it a little more in than I got it," said Hermanson, who was charged with the Giants' 24th blown save of the season. "I was trying to do everything I could not to give him a pitch to hit."

Franco was hitting in the cleanup spot in place of Chipper Jones , who missed the start of the game to be with his wife Sharon as she gave birth to his third son, Shea. The child was named after Shea Stadium.

"I hit my first home run there," Jones said.

Andruw Jones singled through a drawn-in infield, scoring pinch runner Mike Hampton and lifting the Braves to their seventh win in eight games and 37th come-from-behind victory of the season.

"With a guy on third, you can't just throw it in there," Hermanson said. "I was trying not to give him anything to hit to the outfield for a tag-up."

The Braves, who roughed up All-Star Jason Schmidt for eight runs over 3 2/3 innings on Saturday, took three of four games from San Francisco and improved to 31-12 since the All-Star break.

Drew finished with three hits and three runs scored for the Braves, who posted 13 hits to extend their streak to 10 straight games with double digits in hits.

Michael Tucker drove in four runs and J.T. Snow broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning for the Giants.

Tucker, who ended an 0-for-27 drought with a two-run single in the sixth inning, drew a bases-loaded walk against reliever Tom Martin in the seventh, tying the score and setting the stage for Snow's double.

San Francisco's two-run lead was cut in half by Eli Marrero 's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a scoreless eighth, the Giants failed to record an out in the ninth and fell one-half game behind the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres in the National League wild card race.

"Nobody is going to hand it to us," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "We have to work hard (to make the playoffs)."

Roman Colon (1-0) concluded a scoreless top of the ninth inning by retiring pinch hitter Barry Bonds on a grounder to second base and was credited with his first major league win.

"I still can't believe (I got my first major league win)," said Colon, who said he had about 50 congratulatory messages on his cell phone after the game. "Some pitchers, it takes a long time to get their first major league win."


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