ATLANTA (Ticker) --
is on quite a roll.
and Jones hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and the
withstood a comeback attempt to post a 7-5 triumph over the
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
(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
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."
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
for the major league lead.
"You never know with Andruw," Braves manager
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."
led off the second for Atlanta with a triple and scored on a single by
. Two outs later,
extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double and Giles followed with a run-scoring single.
(3-2) notched the win despite being roughed up for five runs and eight hits in six innings.
tossed a scoreless seventh and
retired two batters in the eighth before
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,
belted a three-run homer in the fourth and
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
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
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."
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."