Jones, Johnson hit two homers apiece as Braves roll
CINCINNATI (Ticker) --
is getting on one of those streaks.
is hoping a torrid stretch will keep him around a bit longer.
Jones homered twice and has six in his last seven games and Johnson also hit two, including his first career grand slam, as the
rolled to a 10-5 triumph over the
Jones, one of the most streaky hitters in the sport, homered twice Saturday and once on Monday and Tuesday. In this one, he hit solo shots in the third and fifth innings and recorded his third multi-homer game of the season. The veteran slugger has 24 in his career.
Johnson, who was recalled from the minor leagues on May 29 and is seeing time because the Braves have been devastated by injuries, hit a two-run homer in the first against Cincinnati starter
(2-5) and added a grand slam in the sixth. His six RBI were a career high.
Johnson, who also robbed
of extra bases with a catch against the left field wall, referred to a meeting held before the series in which he made mental adjustments.
"We got on the field (Thursday) for extra hitting and had a little pow-wow," Johnson said. "We talked about being aggressive. When I came up with the bases loaded, I was looking for a first-pitch fastball. Before I would take a couple pitches with the bases loaded. This time I didn't want to fool around."
also homered for the Braves, who have won two straight after opening the month 5-9.
"We have a good ballclub even with the young guys," Jones said. "Hopefully, we can keep winning series until we get those other guys back from the DL."
Everyone in the Braves' lineup had a hit but
, but he walked with the bases loaded in the first inning as Atlanta jumped to an early lead for the second straight game.
"We score in the first inning and that's a big advantage for us," Jones said. "We need a game like this to get everybody going."
(5-4) started for Atlanta and allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.
"Ramirez threw just well enough to do it," Braves manager
"I'm not happy about giving up five runs," Ramirez said. "I thought I threw the ball well and I was in control."
Ortiz was tagged for six runs and seven hits - four of which were homers. He walked four and has won just once since May 13.
"I felt the best I've felt all year," Ortiz said. "I just couldn't get anybody out. I tried to throw high and inside to Jones and he hit it out. They hit everything."
"When you get an early deficit and you're struggling to score runs, it doesn't help," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. "I would say location was Ramon's big problem."
Wily Mo Pena
homered for the Reds, who have dropped five straight.
Lopez had three RBI, a career-high four hits and snapped the club's 0-for-17 slump with runners in scoring position with his run-scoring single in the fifth.
Pena's home run was just his second hit in 20 at-bats.