CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- After spending the first four innings driving in runs,
spent the final five in the trainer's room.
Jones homered and drove in four runs before leaving with a shoulder injury and
added three RBI as the
posted a 12-2 triumph over the
After missing 37 games with a toe injury, Jones returned to the Braves' lineup against San Francisco on July 18 and belted a solo homer in his first at-bat. The former National League MVP had a 12-game power outage before swatting a solo shot with two outs in the fourth inning of this one, giving Atlanta a 7-1 lead.
"I've been swinging the bat pretty well," said Jones, who went 3-for-3 and scored twice. "I had a couple fall in for me tonight. When you get three hits in your first three at-bats, you think, 'All right, I might get four or five. Then (the injury happens). It (stinks)."
In the bottom half, Jones - who delivered a run-scoring double in the first inning and a two-run single in the second - was forced to leave the game after suffering a strained right rotator cuff while diving to field a two-out grounder by
"I thought it was his thumb at first," Atlanta manager
said. "I doubt if he'll play tomorrow, but a couple of days here and there and he should be fine."
"We'll have to see how I feel tomorrow," Jones said. "Right now, I don't think I could throw the ball across this room."
The Braves did not miss a beat without their third baseman as rookie
launched a two-run homer in the fifth and Giles, who plated a run with a single in the second, added a two-run base hit in the seventh to make it 11-1.
, Jones' replacement, followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring for Atlanta.
also added run-scoring doubles for the Braves, who won for the seventh time in eight games and increased their lead over Washington in the National League East Division to 5 1/2 games.
(7-1) benefited from the offensive outburst, winning his fourth straight decision. The righthander worked five innings, allowing a run, six hits and three walks while striking out four.
"Sosa did it again for us," Cox said. "You can't say enough. He picked us up."
Sosa has allowed 22 hits and 13 walks over his last four starts but is 3-0 during that span, yielding just four runs in 21 innings.
"He's done that every start," Cox said of Sosa's ability to avoid damage. "He'll get guys on base, then he'll get the big strikeout or get a guy out with a good pitch."
(6-7) was tagged for six runs, eight hits and two walks while retiring just four batters. It was the first loss since June 29 for Ortiz, who also had won three consecutive decisions.
"There was nothing I could do," said Ortiz, who allowed two runs in the first inning of this one and 12 in the opening frame over his last six starts. "I made some good pitches, but they hit everything."
(who led off the second inning) was our fifth batter and we're already down six runs," Reds interim manager
said. "(Ortiz) did not command his pitches."
Ken Griffey Jr. had an RBI single and Freel has two hits and scored a run for the Reds, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.