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Updated: Friday, August 5, 2005 1:05 AM EDT



  R H E  
Braves 7 13 1 WP: Davies (6-3)
LP: Harang (7-10)
S: Reitsma (15)  
Reds 4 6 1
Francoeur, Furcal each plate two to help Davies to a win

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Jeff Francoeur has been a sensation since being promoted to the Atlanta Braves . He helped reward fellow rookie Kyle Davies on Thursday.

Francoeur drove in two runs and Davies pitched 5 2/3 solid innings as the Braves claimed the rubber game of their three-game set with a 7-4 victory against the Cincinnati Reds .

Since being called up in the beginning of July, the 21-year-old Francoeur is 26-for-64 (.406) with seven homers and 19 RBI in 19 games.

His contributions have come in handy with Chipper Jones missing his second straight game with a shoulder injury sustained Monday. They improved to 13-7 since the All-Star break.

"It would be nice to have Chipper back for more than a few games but we've been winning without him," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. After starting out 0-for-3, Francoeur belted a solo homer in the eighth for a 5-3 lead and followed Adam LaRoche 's RBI single in the ninth with one of his own to provide the Braves with a little cushion.

"I struggled early in the game," Francoeur said. "I wasn't seeing the ball that well. I told myself to relax."

Davies (6-3) surrendered three runs and four hits to win for the third time in four starts. He struck out seven and walked one to avenge a loss to the Reds on June 19.

"I threw more strikes this time," said Davies, who labored through 112 pitches in six innings. "I've learned that you can't walk guys."

He allowed a two-run home run to Sean Casey , following a walk to Adam Dunn , and a run- scoring double to the Reds first baseman.

"I threw Casey a fastball on the first pitch," Davies said. "He didn't swing at the first pitch all series."

"I wanted to stay away from his changeup," Casey said. "I didn't want to get in a hole. He's got a great change."

After Macay McBride walked the only batter he faced in relief of Davies in the sixth inning, Blaine Boyer pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Kyle Farnsworth gave up the second homer of the game by Casey in the eighth that made it 5-4, but closer Chris Reitsma worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save.

"It was a winnable game," Casey said. "They have a great bullpen anchored by Chris Reitsma . We crept back in it but couldn't get over the hump."

A former Red, Reitsma has a win or a save in each of his last nine appearances. His last blown save was on June 29. He has posted a 1.10 ERA since then.

"It was a great win. It doesn't matter who it's against," Reitsma said. "It's just nice to escape this ballpark without anything bad happening."

Cincinnati interim manager Jerry Narron expressed disappointment with his team that is now 21-17 since he replaced Dave Miley.

"I wasn't happy with the way we played," Narron said. "It shows that when you play the best clubs in baseball you have to play a clean game. You have to execute and do the little things."

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