Jones, Francoeur power Braves to fifth straight win
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
continued his assault against major league pitching.
just began his.
Jones belted his major league-leading 27th home run and Francoeur launched the first of his career as the
rallied for six runs in the eighth inning to post a 9-4 victory over the struggling
in the second game of a doubleheader.
Entering with 10 homers in his previous 20 games, Jones erased Atlanta's 4-3 deficit with a two-run blast against
(2-2) in the eighth. The shot put Jones two homers ahead of fellow All-Star
, who missed his second straight game with a left shoulder injury.
"(Novoa) left a fastball right down the middle," said Jones, who is hitting .330 (37-for-112) with 15 homers and 34 RBI since
landed on the disabled list on June 6. "I was trying to put it in play and it went out."
"You can't have a better last month and a half," said Braves starter
, who allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings. "He's the MVP, period."
After the next two batters reached, Francoeur recorded his first career hit, a three-run homer against
to give the Braves an 8-4 advantage. An Atlanta native, Francoeur was making his major league debut after being brought up from Class AA Mississippi earlier in the day.
"I was pressing," said Francoeur, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before the blast. "(Atlanta hitting coach
) told me to put a good swing on and to relax. I was able to hit a good pitch."
Francoeur, who received a standing ovation during his first at-bat, was treated to another by the Turner Field crowd after the homer. The rookie showed his appreciation by responding with a curtain call.
"That was something I'll never forget," he said. "That was the best sports feeling I've ever had."
, who led off the eighth with a triple, capped the outburst with an RBI single for the Braves, who swept a four-game home series against the Cubs for the first time since moving to Atlanta in 1966.
The uprising made a winner of
(2-1), who tossed a perfect top of the eighth.
added a two-run homer in the fifth for Atlanta, which outscored Chicago in the four-game set, 24-5.
homered and drove in three runs for the Cubs, who have lost eight straight, including a 6-0 setback in the first game of the doubleheader.
"It wasn't pleasant in a lot of ways," Chicago manager
said of the sweep. "It was a tough day, a tough trip. I thought we had a chance to win this one."
The Cubs snapped a 19-inning scoreless streak in the fourth, when Ramirez delivered an RBI single.
followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.
halved Atlanta's deficit with a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the inning and Furcal put the Braves ahead, 3-2, with his sixth homer of the season.
After the loss, Chicago optioned outfielders
to Class AAA Iowa. Patterson, who did not play in the first game, went 1-for-4 in this one and is just 3-for-29 in his last nine contests.