Chipper Jones homer gives Braves win in 13
MIAMI (Ticker) --
once again played the part of hero for the
Jones' solo home run in the top of the 13th inning led Atlanta to a 2-1 triumph over the
The fourth of his four hits, Jones drove in both runs for the Braves.
"I didn't see many multiple-hit rallies out of us tonight," Jones said. "You had a feeling it was going to boil down to somebody making a mistake and hitting the long ball. (Marlins reliever
) left a little sinker out over the plate and I got a good wood on it."
Atlanta has scored just two runs in 22 innings to start the season with
a combined 0-for-16. However, Jones got the Braves even in the series with a shot to left-center field off Bump (0-1).
"(Chipper) played a whale of a game tonight," Atlanta manager
said. "I thought (the homer) had a chance. I knew he hit it good. But I didn't know (because) the wind changes a lot here ... it swirls."
Bump had escaped a jam in the 12th when he came on for
with runners on first and second and only one out, but induced Jordan to hit into a double play.
He wasn't so fortunate when Jones drove his first pitch of the 13th over the wall.
"Gosh, when he first hit it, I thought it was out," Bump said. "It was a sinker. It just sailed in over the plate. It's one you wish you had back ... One pitch - but it's not going to ruin my season."
gave up one run and seven hits in six innings. The veteran lefthander was traded by the
to the Marlins in the 2002 offseason, but almost immediately was packaged to Atlanta.
(1-0) allowed a hit in two innings for the Braves.
Danny Kolb recorded his first save of the season for Atlanta. The All-Star closer saved 39 games for the
"The first one was the big one," Kolb said.
, a key member on the 1997 Marlins' championship team looked strong in his return to Florida. The 39-year-old lefthander allowed just one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
"I did a lot of good things and made some pitches when I had to," said Leiter. "There were a couple of good opportunities for us early."
"I guess you could consider that a pitchers' duel tonight," Cox said.
The Marlins squandered several opportunities to score, hitting into a team-record six double plays. The team's nine-inning record is five.
Florida was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
"Double plays killed us," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "We didn't execute. We had so many chances to win. ...
"It's big," Jones said. "Wins down here, no matter what time of year, don't come easy. We were beaten pretty soundly yesterday (a 9-0 loss), to come back out and play more of an
' type game and come out with a 'W' does a lot for these guys."