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Updated: Friday, June 24, 2005 11:47 PM EDT
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(42-31)
7

(39-34)
  R H E  
Orioles 5 10 1 WP: Davies (3-2)
LP: Penn (2-1)
S: Reitsma (6)  
Braves 7 11 0

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Andruw Jones is on quite a roll.

Marcus Giles and Jones hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and the Atlanta Braves withstood a comeback attempt to post a 7-5 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles .

With one out and one on, Giles erased a 1-0 deficit with his sixth home run. Jones followed with a blast to left field against Baltimore starter Hayden Penn (2-1), giving Atlanta a 3-1 bulge.

"It was a fastball over the plate," said Jones, who is batting .356 (21-for-59) with 10 homers and 19 RBI since teammate Chipper Jones was placed on the disabled list on June 6. "I feel good. I'm just looking for a pitch to hit and when I hit it, I try not to miss."

Andruw Jones has homered in five of his last seven games, collecting six in that span. His 22nd blast of the season in this one tied him with Chicago Cubs slugger Derrek Lee for the major league lead.

"You never know with Andruw," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It looks like he's staying hot. His approach is terrific."

"There's not many people who can carry a team," Giles said. "If anybody can, it's Andruw. The good thing is that it's not only Andruw that's carrying us."

Wilson Betemit led off the second for Atlanta with a triple and scored on a single by Ryan Langerhans . Two outs later, Kelly Johnson extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double and Giles followed with a run-scoring single.

Rookie Kyle Davies (3-2) notched the win despite being roughed up for five runs and eight hits in six innings. Blaine Boyer tossed a scoreless seventh and Jim Brower retired two batters in the eighth before Chris Reitsma got the final four outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

"Seven runs in the first three innings made it a whole lot easier to pitch," Davies said. "The guys told me, 'Don't worry about throwing a perfect pitch. Throw strikes.' You take out the three-run home run, I pitched pretty good."

With Baltimore trailing, 7-1, Larry Bigbie belted a three-run homer in the fourth and Brian Roberts added a solo shot - his 12th of the season - an inning later to pull the Orioles within two runs.

Penn was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in just two-plus innings.

"The good pitches I made, they hit," Penn said. "The bad pitches, they hit harder."

"He's young, just 20 years old," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "Sometimes you put a little more pressure on yourself. I have confidence in him. He has way too good of an arm."

The victory was the 2,041st as a manager for Cox, who passed Walter Alston for seventh place on the all-time list.

"Where's the game ball?" joked Cox, who downplayed his accomplishment. "I don't know. You hang around enough, you get a bunch of them."

Sal Fasano and Luis Matos each collected two hits for the Orioles, who have lost eight of their last 10 road games.

"We ran into a situation in Toronto where they threw good pitchers at us," Bigbie said. "You come in here, it's definitely a tough park to win in. It's like a Yankee Stadium of the National League with all of the championships. We're definitely disappointed with the way it's going, but you have to tip your cap to the other teams, too. They're playing pretty good baseball."

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