ATLANTA (Ticker) --
and shaky defense by the
combined to bail out
Jones doubled home
, who reached on an error by shortstop
, in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Expos with a 9-8 victory.
Jones, who hit his 27th home run in the second, became the hero in extra frames in the wake of closer Smoltz surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth.
Thomas led off the bottom of the 12th with a grounder that Gonzalez booted and scored from first base when Jones' line drive double off
(5-10) split left fielder
and center fielder
"He left a pitch over the plate and I got good wood on it," said Jones, who had four hits, including two homers, in the series. "It could have been disappointing if we didn't come out on top."
, who led off the bottom of the first with his 14th,
each homered for the Braves, who owned an 8-5 lead entering the ninth.
Chavez, Sledge and
each delivered RBI singles in the ninth, tying the score at 8-8 and tagging Smoltz with his fourth blown save of the year.
"Blowing a three-run save is something you don't ever think you're going to do," Smoltz said. "I was in a little bit of a bad funk where I was sticking the ball in one area. Give them credit, they hit every pitch I threw."
(6-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win as the Braves recorded their eighth series sweep of the season.
"We battled back the whole series," Expos manager
said. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities to score."
The Expos had plenty of opportunities to score early against Braves starter
, who was making his major league debut.
After Capellan struck out
to start the game,
walked, stole second and scored on a single by
. Capellan then loaded the bases before getting out of the jam.
The Expos added a second run in the third on a groundout, but Batista, who went to third on the play, was cut down at the plate by center fielder
when he attempted to score on a flyout.
"I was not really nervous at all," said Capellan, who allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, through a translator. "It felt real good."
Veteran Braves catcher Perez disagreed.
"He was too nervous," said Perez, who matched a season high with four hits. "I was going out (to the mound) and he was shaking. He pitched pretty good. His fastball was unbelievable."
The Braves fell victim to a bizarre play in the bottom of the 11th inning.
reached on a single, rookie
attempted to advance Jones with a bunt. Ayala fielded the ball and threw to second to retire Jones. However, LaRoche, who thought he was retired at first base on the play, made a right turn towards the Braves dugout.
Ayala, who received the ball from Gonzalez, alertly threw to first and LaRoche was tagged out by Montreal first baseman Wilkerson.
"Somehow I thought (Ayala) threw it to first," LaRoche said. "I do something like that once a year. I got it out of the way."
Sledge homered in the sixth inning and Batista added a two-run shot in the seventh for the Expos, who were swept for the ninth time this season.
Batista, who entered the game in a 2-for-38 slump, finished with three hits.